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My son is heading into his junior year of high school. Like most college-bound kids, he's a busy guy. He's working on summer reading and taking two online classes to accumulate extra credits and experience. He's done well enough on his previous standardized testing that I'm not really concerned about how he will fare on his upcoming ACTs, but I do feel that getting comfortable with the testing format is important for him. I'm also considering having him take the SATs in a nearby town. To that end, I've signed him up to receive the SAT question of the day on his phone. For those students who don't require in-depth tutoring, this is a great way to acclimate your student to the types of questions he or she will encounter on exam day. Visit the practice section of the SAT website to register your child to receive the question of the day to a specified email address. My son likes to check it via his phone. If you select the wrong answer, you can opt to view an explanation of why certain... read more

The best way to learn and study for tests is to use technology. Websites like StudyIsland give you a chance to run through subject matter sample questions, at 10 or 15 or 20 at a time. Studies show that repeated scores averaging say 80%, result in a most probable 70% on the actual quiz, test, exam taken. The good news is you can practice online until you have command of the topic. As your average goes up so does your probable quiz, test, exam score go up. The bad news is that it costs to use Websites like StudyIsland. As a tutor I have my own access which I will let you use while I am tutoring you.

Hi, I'm a new tutor to this site. Within the past few days, I've been working on getting certified in as many subjects as possible. These are all of the subjects I'm certified to tutor in on the website. Most of the subjects are in math or science. Some are in English topics as well like in reading and writing, etc. I also am certified to tutor to prepare for a lot of standardized tests and a few common computer software programs people use. Please read my profile if you need a new tutor in the Hillsboro or Portland area! -Ann

In their book “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength,” Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney share an amazing amount of information about willpower, or self-control. One interesting point they make is that a number of studies have shown two particular lessons concerning human willpower: “1. You have a finite amount of willpower that becomes depleted as you use it. 2. You use the same stock of willpower for all manner of tasks.” So your supply of willpower is fixed and is depleted by any number of activities – studying, exercising, dieting, being patient with others. What conclusions can we draw from this as it relates to studying and test preparation? First of all, if you are involved with a rigorous test prep program, do not also attempt to start a new sport, learn a new language, and begin writing a novel all at the same time! When people make big changes in their lives or undertake new projects, their efforts are undermined when they try to make other... read more

The new school year beckons - be it middle or high school, college or post graduate study. Fall college visits, applications and essays are also just around the corner. Get a jump on what you or your child may need in terms of support for specific academic subjects, computer skills, standardized tests (SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, GRE, etc.). I look forward to continuing my track record of success with students to assist them in maximizing their potential and achievements. David

As I get closer to finally finishing all of my teaching licensure tests and certifications, I have really realized where my passion lies within the subject of English: literature. To be honest, I am not a huge fan of poetry – when it comes to the world of sonnets, haikus, limericks, and anapests, I have to really put my thinking cap on and analyze the poem to understand it. I enjoy editing papers and getting into the science of grammar and punctuation, but that doesn’t get me fired up. What I absolutely love thinking about, analyzing, and dissecting is classic literature, and reading literature throughout my life ultimately helped me realize that I wanted to teach it to students and make it interesting for them. Ultimately, I am making a point with this post, I promise. But let me explain a little bit first. I almost flew off the handle last night when my friend’s little sister (who is 16 years old) said that she hated the book The Catcher In the Rye. I was appalled. When I was... read more

I will be the first to admit I wasn't always a great student when I was in school. In regular school, my own folks couldn't help me with my homework as neither parent had finished high school. They tried, but it was too much for them. So I really struggled through grade school and then high school. In college I struggled once again. I was smart, but I just couldn't understand some subjects the way they were taught, which honestly seemed all backwards to me. Science was a particularly difficult subject at the time. Try as hard as I might, I just could not seem to make sense of anything I was learning. Then everything changed when a relative suggested I get a tutor. I looked around and found a great tutor. What a difference he made in my life. Suddenly, the things he did to help me made me realize that it wasn't me that had a problem; it was the way the subject was being taught in school. He helped me to create a context for what I had to learn, and gave me a logical order for everything... read more

Happy Thursday! Today, I am writing my thoughts on the importance of reading over the summer vacation for high school and college students. I know that it is mid-summer and the last thing that anyone wants to think about is reading one of the classics or a treatise on a historical event. BUT, by keeping the mind engaged you are keeping your creative juices flowing and not wasting some of the precious time needed to be prepared for those SATs, ACTs, or your next round of college classes. It is important for the incoming freshmen about to attend college for the first time, who may not have been exposed to many of the classic works of Literature that you will encounter in your first couple of semesters of your college career. Many colleges and high schools also have lists of “required or recommended reading.” Getting a head start on some of the lengthy tomes that you will be working with is a good idea. You might also be surprised to find out that you enjoy the stories and novels... read more

In today's world where everything is about our accomplishments, and time is of the essence, it really helps to get a tutor. I don't think I would be where I was today if I had not had the benefit of a tutor in some of my college subjects. A good tutor can help you to have more confidence and success as you move forward with your goals and dreams. Working with a good tutor can make a world of difference for you. Why not give it a try today?

Summer learning loss can affect everyone. Teachers must spend quite a bit of time in the beginning of every year reviewing to get students past the summer slump. There are a variety of ways you can keep yourself or your child from losing to much ground over summer. One of the best ways to keep the brain sharp and active is to keep reading both fiction and nonfiction literature at or above grade level. Even if it is only 25 minutes a day, you will keep the reading skills sharp and continue to learn new things. I also found out that Barnes and Nobles is offering a free new book reward to children who read 8 books. You can check out their website or visit the nearest store for more information. Whether in a cool place during the heat of the day, or as part of the night time relaxation, reading for 25 or more minutes is possibly the best time investment you can make. There are also many kinds of puzzles you can practice solving such as Suduko to keep the math and problem solving skills... read more

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I get it. We're all busy, and when we're not busy, we don't want to use our downtime to study. Over the years of my own learning, I've found that the hardest step is just getting myself to sit down and work sometimes - I'd rather do a thousand other things. But studying doesn't have to be time-consuming. In fact, you can do it without taking time away from whatever else you have to do. Although "real" learning isn't memorization, we do actually have to memorize sometimes: vocab words, formulas, measurement conversions, or special right triangles. But sitting down for a long study session of these sounds about as exciting as cleaning public toilets. Fear not. I have three solutions that I share with all of my students. First, find your downtime. When are you doing a menial task that doesn't use any brainpower? Driving, washing dishes, vacuuming, getting ready in the morning - during all of these activities, my hands are busy, but my brain isn't. (Don't worry... read more

Summer is here for many Bay Area families, and for those with kids entering high school or even middle school, now can be a great time to get a head start on SAT practice. OK, sure, it's also a good time for water slides, beaches, friends, and all the things that make summer wonderful, but an hour or two spent getting familiar with test question format now can give your student an extra boost when it comes time for the real thing. It is this tutor's opinion that the PSAT is being given far too late to identify weaknesses and make appreciable differences in many students' scores. With increasing pressure to take APs and make good grades while being a stellar athlete or drama superstar, it becomes harder with each year of high school for kids to devote the proper amount of time to SAT practice. And, that's what doing well on the SAT boils down to: pattern recognition. With each completed practice test, problem set, and sample essay question answered, your child will "have seen... read more

Barron's SAT Critical Reading Workbook 14th Edition [Paperback] Sharon Weiner Green $9.99 Aug. '12 ISBN-13: 978-1438000275 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Barron's SAT Writing Workbook, 3rd Edition (Barron's Writing Workbook for the New Sat) [Paperback] George Ehrenhaft $9.99 Aug. '12 ISBN-13: 978-1438000329 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- -- OR -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Barron's SAT, 26th Edition (Barron's Sat (Book Only)) Ira K. Wolf Ph.D./Sharon Weiner Green $12 Pub. Aug, '12 ISBN-13: 978-1438000190 ** Has Both English & Math Sections** * OPTIONAL, but helpful if you will use them Barron's SAT Vocabulary Flash Cards [Cards] Sharon Weiner Green (Author) $9.99 ISBN-13: 978-1438070865 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- * While there are also available CD-Roms... read more

I struck up a conversation with a home-schooling mom the other day. Parent of a middle-school student, she told me I should talk to middle school parents about this topic because, as she put it, “We don’t know what we don’t know.” In my blog post “Test Prep Students 1: Before Our First Session, Please,” I mentioned planning ahead to give yourself more time to prepare. Since then, I’ve come to believe that you can’t have too much time to prepare, regardless of what you are testing for * High school graduation (Minnesota GRAD) * College National Merit Scholarships (PSAT/NMSQ) * Advance college credit (AP, CLEP) * College admission (ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS) * Professional licensure (such as the Minnesota Teacher Licensing Exam—MTLE) * Graduate school admission (GRE, GMAT, and again TOEFL or IELTS). What you don't know that you don't know First, you have an excellent reason to encourage your student to dig into challenging reading from the moment they... read more

Summer is a good time to prep for the ACT. The pace can be regular but relaxed, there's time to cover all subject areas, and practice tests can be spaced out. You can get results from the September ACT just in time for most early decisions! Upcoming ACT Dates: September 8, 2012 (register by 8/17/12) October 27, 2012 (register by 9/21/12) December 8, 2012 (register by 11/2/12) Upcoming SAT Dates: October 6, 2012 (register by 9/14/12) November 3, 2012 (register by 10/5/12) December 1, 2012 (register by 11/6/12)

Sundays are days to be lazy, to hang out with friends, to read books or swim in pools or play outside. Today is an exceptionally hot Sunday in early June. Since I got up, I've been holed up in my home office, working on tutoring. Even though I've spent the past nine or so hours (with breaks for shrimp tacos, diet Coke, and ice cream) working, I haven't actually had any students today. I realized that not many people are aware of the "behind the scenes" of tutoring (well, at least of good tutoring), and it's gotten me to think a bit about the concept of having an "hourly rate." Realizing that mine is one of the higher rates on WyzAnt, I thought I'd share a bit of the "secret life of a (good) tutor," so you might have a better idea of what you're getting for your money. Although I work very hard during our tutoring sessions to make them as productive and educational as possible, it's everything I do when you aren't around that helps me do that. Before... read more

School is finally over. You are looking forward to some well earned rest and relaxation. You are not focused on the fall PSAT and the spring SAT and ACT. BIG MISTAKE! The summer before your junior year is the time to start preparing for the SAT and ACT. It is important to recognize that the single greatest advantage to early preparation is the repetitive nature of SAT and ACT questioning. The greatest predictor of score improvement on the SAT and ACT is practice. While it is important to learn the most efficient techniques for attacking questions, practice will ingrain these methods and good habits in a student so he or she can develop the necessary intuition to perform well. Only sufficient time and experience will allow a student to develop this intuition to the point where it becomes second nature. By beginning your SAT and ACT preparation early, you will avoid the last minute anxiety that besets many students who are forced to take the SAT and ACT 3, 4, or 5 times... read more

As a public school teacher on a traditional academic calendar, I will have flexible day-time hours available starting June 14! I am willing to work with students in all areas of English language arts on middle and high school levels. I can also help with writing and proofreading for college work! Don't forget that I can also work with students who need help with MLA format and other research skills!

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