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I'm so happy to finally be able to tutor again! Now all I need are some students... I hope they aren't afraid of my charming good looks. Perhaps a math joke will win them over... Question: What is the area of a circle? Answer: pi R^2? Response : Pies are not square. Pies are round. Cornbread is square.

SOH CAH TOA When working with Right Triangles in any Math and Science subject, especially Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Chemistry, and Physics, many problems can be solved by remembering this Memory Jogger: Indian Chief SOH CAH TOA (sounds like soow caah towaah) Angle = A Sine A = Opposite/Hypotenuse Cosine A = Adjacent/Hypotenuse Tangent A = Opposite/Adjacent You can use these formulas to calculate and find missing angles or sides to solve various problems. Please contact me to help your student achieve the best grades possible in Math and Science. As a Chemical Engineer, I work on Math and Science problems all day, and tutor students in Math and Science in the evenings and weekends, including students from Elementary School to College Graduate School. I help students learn to see how Math and Science can be fun and useful in daily life, school, and career choices. All the best, John M.

I'm new to this site and can't wait to help you. Got questions? I got answers! Whether you need some simple study skills and techniques or if you have very specific problems in a subject, I can help. Let me show you how all these subjects work together and are not isolated disciplines that you're never going to use. I'll show you the relevance of each subject and how they're all integrated. Learning is so much fun when you understand why you need to know.

My emerging tutoring passion is assisting ESL college students with their coursework. Most of them must also hold full-time jobs to support themselves and often their families as well. Many require online courses to get college educations. They could not earn a college degree any other way. Do textbook publishing companies realize how much cultural bias is written into their online ancillary (supplemental) materials? Do teachers of online college courses realize how hopeless these students feel about merely passing a class when their grades depend on online multiple-choice exams consisting of 60 items to be completed in 60 minutes (60 in 60), for example? This may be a subtle form of cultural bias, but bias it is. Frankly, as a native speaker of American English with a master’s degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin—Madison, I’m not sure I could pass a 60 in 60 exam. I would like to challenge the instructors who teach these online courses and college administrators... read more

Most of us tend to think that science is all about equations. But language is just as important as numbers are to the scientific endeavor. E.O. Wilson, the famous biologist, once stated that he doesn't even consider himself as acting like a scientist until he sits down and starts writing. Words are central to science, and so when you're teaching or studying the sciences, it's a good idea to focus on writing as a tool for learning. What I recommend for my students is to build a master list of new vocabulary terms. I have them write definitions in their own words of what those terms mean, and I use that list to quiz them. This serves a few purposes. First, it helps students build their understanding of language of science. Second, for who struggle with attention or other learning disabilities, it helps them to focus on the key ideas of the course. As a grad student in science education I learned that there is a lot of evidence to indicate that revising notes, focusing on vocabulary,... read more

I once had a chemistry teacher who sometimes used to run around to teach scientific concepts, such as acting out the part of electrons to demonstrate different kinds of chemical bonding. I think I actually learned more from his little skits than from doing experiments with actual chemicals! When you do experiments with chemicals, you can see the results of the chemical processes, but not the chemical process itself. Using actual scientific equipment is a better way of learning how to use the equipment, but for learning concepts, I think skits and models are much more effective. This is good for homeschoolers, who need to to teach science without access to all the fancy, expensive equipment and supplies that can often be found in traditional schools. In fact, not having scientific equipment can even be an advantage! I think sometimes it's possible to confuse learning with simply playing with scientific stuff. Not that there's anything wrong with playing -- that's a great way... read more

I assign my students homework to be completed before our next session. The homework is usually specific and focuses on filling any gaps in their knowledge I discover during the previous session(s). I verify the gap is gone by thorough questioning and testing. By doing this, I help my students develop confidence, competence, and mastery of the subject so they may avoid a "train wreck" later on when they take a test in school or use the material at work. Filling in knowledge gaps as they are discovered is an effective way to achieve these goals, but this is not the secret to learning mathematics. There are some teaching techniques that work better for some people than others but, in my opinion, mathematics is best learned through regular and frequent practice and experience. Math skills are perishable and improve through cumulative study; i.e., build math strength through effective mental workouts.  If there is a "secret" to learning math, that's it!

When trying to understand the concepts of applied physical science, it is best understood through hands on activities and real life examples. Using every day objects, such as a car, balloons, inclines, etc., can make learning physical science concepts fun and understandable. This is one area of science that has more to do with understanding concepts, than memorizing difficult terms.

Ken B. in Houston, Texas - known as the "Best Little Tutor In Texas" has surpassed another WyzAnt tutoring milestone by going over the 600th tutoring hour for WyzAnt. All subjects in mathematics and science, high school or college, are done by Ken except biology and biochemistry. Ken has now worked with many many students to help them work on their own and be able to do well on homework, basic studies, tests, and special projects. So, if you are in need of someone in Houston and the surrounding areas who can do all levels of mathematics, plus chemistry, physics, computers, and computer programming, Ken is the one to contact.

To ALL Science Students: The Google Science Project is due on April 4th and is open to students around the globe between the ages of 13 through 18. If you are interested in getting help from someone with scientific research experience, email me today. I'll help you refine your project and guide you through every step. Google the "Google Global Science Fair 2011" to learn more about prizes and guidelines. Email this amazing opportunity to your school teachers and friends! Your Math and Science Tutor, Yvonne H.

Perhaps the most common question I am asked in physics is "how do I start this problem?" I often use the following 6-step process for solving most physics problems: 1. Determine your starting location and positive direction (look at example for clarification). 2. Write down what you know. This includes any numbers given, their corresponding units, and the corresponding general variables (i.e. V for velocity, D for distance, etc.). 3. Use logic to determine any additional information that you know. For example, if there is a problem that dropping or shooting anything, chances are gravitational acceleration will be involved. 4. Look at all of the variables you have and determine what physics equation(s) that relate the information together with your end goal (what the question is asking for). 5. Solve it down to find the unknown. 6. Use logic to look at your answer and then be sure to use significant digits. For example, say... read more

Ken B in Houston, Texas, better known as "The Best Little Tutor In Texas" has just surpassed the 500th hour of tutoring for WyzAnt. For any subject or combination of subjects dealing with mathematics, chemistry, physics, computers, and computer programming, he is the one-man-source. His diversified expertise and ability to simplify complex subject for students makes him a par-excellent source for student's studies.

A growing area of educational thought is reconsidering the pros and cons of single-sex education, i.e. all-male or all-female schools. In Madison this week, the president and CEO of the Madison Urban League proposed opening an all-male school for grades 6-9 aimed at African-American students (Troller, 2010). The hope is that such a school can take advantage of the ways that young men learn differently from young women and provide dedicated adult-male support that young men who often lack such support need (Troller, 2010). Obviously, this idea raises issues about the history of racial segregation, the fight for integrated schools, and the challenge of civil rights for people of all races in the United States. But single-sex education is not solely a desire for more all-male schools, rather there is a movement towards creating more all-female schools as well (Meehan, 2007). As Meehan (2007) observes, girls behave and learn differently in the classroom, and as a result can be left... read more

I am pleased to announce that I have joined the WyzAnt tutoring team! What a wonderful way to connect students with tutors. Today is my first day and I do not yet have any students. So, come and get your time slots before my schedule is full ... From Preschool to College (and beyond), I can supply your tutoring needs. Whether you need a refresher course for review, a crash course for a test, weekly help with homework, or just need to learn a new subject ... I can help! So, contact me, and "Let's get some work done!" -Laura

Hello Everyone, My name is Casey. I am a Registered Nurse in Spokane, Washington, and while I am new to this environment, I have been tutoring for the last four years. I am proficient at tutoring math and science, though I am not necessarily limited to those areas. I am also skilled at teaching study skills and organization, which can help students in any subject. I am willing to tutor students of all ages, and I relate well with child, adolescent, and adult students alike. I believe that tutoring is a team effort in which the tutor and student work together to reach predetermined goals. The tutor facilitates learning by helping students to understand what learning style works best for them, and through teaching students how to organize their learning process. The student applies class content to the learning techniques, and the tutor helps the student to better understand concepts. My goal is to help students to become independent learners so that they can succeed in and... read more

Looking to inspire the scientific side of a student? Get them watching some of these entertaining TV shows: Mythbusters http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/ Weird Science http://www.hulu.com/channels/News-and-Information/Science-and-Technology Scientific American Frontiers http://www.hulu.com/channels/News-and-Information/Science-and-Technology YouTube is also a good source for videoed experiments. Good luck!

Providing support to students in all the following: CHM1025C - Introductory Chemistry CHM1045C - General Chemistry I CHM1046C - General Chemistry II PHY2001C - Basic Concepts of Physics PHY2048C - General Physics I with Calculus PHY2049C - General Physics II with Calculus PHY2053C - General Physics I PHY2054C - General Physics II PSC1121 - Survey of Physical Science

They say that millions of American children will lose about 25% of their reading skills and approximately 2.6 months of math computation skills this summer (according to the U.S. Department of Education and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management). If that wasn’t bad enough, teachers typically spend 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching or re-reviewing material that kids forgot over the summer break (Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning). To prevent these typical summer-time losses, known as “The Summer Brain Drain” or (which occur when kids do not engage in educational activities), I am offering offering tips and lists of games and activities for parents. I am also offering my own 3-month, hour a day, summer program for kids of all ages. The brain works like the body. The good news is that mental exercises can not only prevent the losses but raise cognitive function and IQ, in a short amount of time. Reinforcing cognitive skills (tools that enable kids to successfully... read more

Funny how the education world has a lot of valid claims that business methods in education just “miss the mark.” Funny how business discredits education as a sound practice with such claims that education is “continuously so inefficient or ineffective.” Over the last ten years, I have heard statements like this. Generally, these statements are made when one of these entities is imposing itself on the other. Working for both, here is what I have seen. Education is a business. The reality of new economies, imposed requirements, and an ever burgeoning budget system has exposed one of the greatest weaknesses education has – it does not run efficiently. In the last few years, we will hear about the greatest cuts we have ever seen in education. With that, education will be forced – much in the way business has been forced by a shrinking economy for hundreds of years – to evolve. So, unfortunately my dear education, if you do not embrace business principles in how you get things done,... read more

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