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I just picked up (and started reading!) a book I would recommend for vocab study: "Hot Words for the SAT." The author is Linda Carnevale, M.A. The book is published by Barrons; I got my copy from Barnes and Noble.   Briefly, the author advocates learning new vocabulary words by clusters which have similar meanings to one another.  So for example, under "Words Relating to Friendly and Agreeable," she puts "affable, amiable, amicable, congenial, convivial, cordial, gregarious, jocular, levity."  This is a great way to teach and to learn new things!  I briefly tried this approach in the past with New Testament studies (I am agnostic today:) in attempting to learn clusters of Greek words.  Yes, I think I'm better with English:)  For students of religion who are interested though, I do recommend Louw and (Eugene A.) Nida, "Greek Words According to Semantic Domains," and (Bishop) Richard C. Trench, "Synonyms... read more

Not everyone takes college religion classes to go into church work; many students just like a particular college and find themselves required to take one or more religion classes. This is where a tutor like me can help! If this college class is worth its salt and it's your first time, it will feel daunting. Still, don't let that worry you. If it is a good class, trust me, you are in for some surprises. For example, did you know.... Luther was neither anti-Catholic nor against the Pope when he posted his 95 theses in 1517? Oh, and this was an invite to an academic discussion/debate, not an evangelistic or social meeting:) Strict keeping of Sunday by Christians is an innovation of the English puritans; that was one issue of controversy between them and the Church of England. Christendom by and large has always kept Sunday more mildly. Happy studying and keep it fun:)

If you are interested in earning a certificate that offers courses in Church History, Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, World Missions and Biblical Interpretation then the Ockenga Institute of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Dimensions of the Faith Certificate program is for you. Also, it is absolutely free and totally online. I have gone through this program myself and highly recommend it to anyone interested. If you wish to take only some of the courses and not necessarily go for the certificate that is an option. Enjoy!

I am so excited that I found WyzAnt!! It has been wonderful! I have met so many new people and love helping work with my students to see them advance! I worked in the public schools for 7 years and loved every minute of it when I had my SPED Resource Room for Learning Disabled, Dyslexic, and ADD/ADHD students. I got to see so many young people better themselves and get passed that learning barrier to advance and become great students that even went on to college. That is what I am about!! I want my students to have the best opportunities that are out there! Just because your child may need a tutor, that does not mean that they will not surpass your ideas or their ideas for their future!! I have very HIGH expectations for my students and love to challenge them to surpass those goals to go on to new heights. Looking forward to working with more students! WyzAnt is terrific!

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

When you hear the expression written above, you think of something dismal or sullen. But, that is not always the case. The true is the expression is a reminder of the reality of our world and it is a reality that we often don't take into consideration, despite the fact that it happens to us everyday. When you say, "hope for the best," you believe or have faith that something good will occur that day. Sometimes if you believe enough you will wait for it to occur and be overjoyed when it does. But, what happens if it doesn't occur. Do you ask questions? and if so, what questions do you ask? Why did it not occur? What did I do to stop it? Was I cursed or doomed? These questions simply remind you that life is fickle and unpredictable, and that unpredictability makes it impossible for you to know all possible outcomes, especially positive ones. When you say,"expect the worst", you have already come to a forgone conclusion that the good news which you are hoping... read more

The following is both an example of my own writing, and a sample of my philosophy. Having studied logic, I have applied it to my own expression of faith. Whether or not you share my faith, I invite you to read it, if only as a way of determining my ability to help you learn either writing, or the study of logic. Please enjoy it.   I love being a tutor. It’s probably the best job I’ve ever had, because it gives me an opportunity to share skills and tools I have learned or developed, so that others, too, may reach higher and strive for more. I believe that teaching is a vocation; a way of being a godly person. And we all know what happens when you try to become godly, don’t we? Do we command the respect of people who say, “There goes an example of what others might strive for!”? Are we rewarded with honors and salutations, riches and respect? Do we, at least, receive a pat on the back, and a hearty, “Well done.”? No. If you do everything you’re supposed to, and... read more

It seems most fitting to blog about what is first and foremost in my field of expertise: the Catholic faith. Oftentimes, high school students walk into a religion classroom with the expectation of receiving an "A" simply because the student is an "A" student or that the grade will reflect the student's own personal level of devotion or that religion class is for sitting in circles, holding hands, and singing campfire songs. This is not the case. Students, and parents, often find this out the hard way. As students progress through high school the classes they take increase in difficulty throughout the curriculum, and so it is with religion classes as well. "But religion class is supposed to be easy!" many will object. Where is that written? I got a Master's degree in the field, and there were many, many difficult concepts. Sadly, many students perform poorly in their religion classes because of some form of this type of mental "logic": 'I... read more

The most High Supreme Being, All Powerful and Omniscient, and above Him there is no other. Because God is, He cannot be comprehended even when He is studied by His creation. He will remain infinitely a mystery. God is not human, not limited by time or space, not imperfect, because God is by essence divine; therefore, He exists eternally and infinitely. Our task as His creation is to believe (faith before reason) in Him, accept His favors and worship Him for who He is. He is also a loving and good God, He has revealed himself to humankind in order that His creation may have communion with Him; and may experience the unknown in an experiential and mysterious way (a prior realization). What do you know about God? How did you come to that realization? If you want to get deeper in the journey you may find the following arguments intriguing: 1. Argument by creation - Was the universe created? If so, then it must be the result of a Creator. What light do the laws of science... read more

This blog concerns the OT writing prophets who wrote just prior to the first captivities and deportations (first by the Assyrians and then the Babylonians). I'm interested in discussing many things with others who may share or not share my views; to begin, would anyone care to comment on the sequence and approximate dates of the ministries of Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, and Micah? (Even though Micah's ministry spanned the time before the first captivities and during the early part of the exilic period, for that very reason I'm very keen on studying him.) My interest stems from a desire to have the opportunity to offer Biblical Studies tutorials. Besides the 16 prophets whose writings are included in the 66 books of the protestant Bible, the OT regarded others as prophets (e.g., Gad, Nathan, Elijah, Elisha and Huldah, the prophetess (2 Kings 22:14), but they did not write. Many consider John the Baptist the last of the non-writing OT prophets. Fascinating... read more

Did "paraprosdokian" make you think, "Whaaaaa?" The word is not listed on or even in Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary. But have no fear; your WyzAnt tutor is here! This is Wikipedia’s definition: A paraprosdokian (from Greek meaning "beyond" and "expectation") is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists. My purpose in this blog is to highlight a dramatic example of paraprosdokian and to clarify the difference between a paradox and oxymoron. Here’s how I paraphrase the definitions from AP test prep books and dictionaries: A paradox is a truth stated in contradictory terms; a statement that should not... read more

P-value (probability value) in statistical hypothesis testing may be hard to understand at times. The best way to understand it is as follow. First one needs to understand that in science the goal is to prove that there are no differences between two (or more) sets of data (for example series of parametric numbers derived or collected about individuals, instruments, or other behaving or sizable objects). Let us imagine two groups with 10 individuals in each group. And we have collected temperature from each person in both groups. One group received aspirin before measurement and the other, the control group, received a placebo (inert tablet). Our goal was to prove that there would be no difference between the two groups (proving the null hypothesis that Aspirin has no effect on temperature). The P-Value is the probability that the result we obtained (i.e. the difference between the two groups in terms of their temperature as a function of Aspirin) is not merely due to... read more

Proverbs is abundant with divine guidance and discerning counsel. Among the books' moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts, Proverbs succeeds in providing principal leadership pointers in addition to its axioms. While many themes extend from Proverbs 21 and 22, the broader scope delves into how a righteous man should be aware of his ways and act cautiously in training and dealing with principalities of darkness. The following verses additionally highlight key leadership traits discussed in these chapters as to how they apply to the heart of an aspiring commander in Christ. Proverbs 21:2 - "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord pondereth the hearts." (KJV) In Hebrew, pondereth (tákan) possesses several definitions, perhaps most prominently as to measure out, arrange, and direct. Naturally, when one thinks of "pondering", intense contemplation comes to mind; however, if one stops there, the magnitude of the verse diminishes... read more

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