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My name is Kayla and I've recently finished my Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Sussex in England. Before grad school I attended Western Kentucky University where I majored in chemistry and double minored in mathematics and criminology. While an undergrad I worked in the the chemistry stockroom making and standardizing stock solutions and samples for general chemistry labs. I also served as a teaching assistant for the labs and in my final year was given the opportunity to give several of the pre-lab lectures. After graduation I decided to go to graduate school. I started my graduate career at the University of Tennessee. After only a year at UT my advisor accepted a position at the University of Sussex and asked me to change schools in order to continue my studies with him. My husband and I decided to do so and moved to England where our son was born while I was still in school. While in grad school I taught discussion or workshop sessions that accompanied the General... read more

If you get stuck doing homework problems often, have a hard time doing your classwork, or sometimes you just can't follow your lecture notes try going to Wolfram Alpha. Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine that is designed to handle mathematical problems and computation, and scientific problems. It has its limitations but it is a really awesome tool that gives a lot of detail when you need it. Try it out for yourself.

Hello! I have been a tutor for years and have just joined WyzAnt. I hope this will give me the opportunity to meet many more students. I enjoy teaching people of all ages and backgrounds. I have a number of clients right now, and I am also tutoring and helping Bhutanese refugees. Generally, I tutor English and science. You can see the details of that in my profile. I work with students in my home, a very nice and bright environment in which to learn. (I will travel under special circumstances.) It’s quiet enough to concentrate and get some serious tutoring done, while being an upbeat place with a lot of laughter. My two daughters are living at home now, after having graduated from the University of Maryland – College Park and Towson University. One is currently studying clinical counseling at Johns Hopkins, and the other is working towards a nursing degree and still at Maryland. My husband is at the National Institutes of Health, where I worked for many years. I love teaching... read more

I think I am done with my experiments. Whew. This summer I was able to run the test loop that my colleagues and I devised to investigate boiling flow in expanding microchannels. A mouthful, eh? True, but the data output is a rather a bigger bite. It's no Large Hadron Collider, but my four experiments ran to a 100 MB chunk of text data. What do you do with this? Well, certainly you write programs (in MATLAB) to organize it, do calculations, sniff through it, plot the parts you want, and so on. But you look at all of it. And you don't delete. And you don't fudge. This is not to say that you don't analyze it, or ignore the big spike where you turned power on, or even perhaps use a smoothing routine on the thermocouples (which are as noisy as undergrads), but if you do any of these things you say so. You work only from what the data confidently allows you to say, and the more layers of analysis lie between you and the data, the bigger the uncertainty becomes. You don't clip the... read more

Here are seven helpful tips for that upcoming test: 1. Try not to panic! Fear can cause you to forget information that you would normally know. 2. Cramming for a test does not work. Start preparing about a week before the test. 3. After the test is handed out, write down all the formulas, rules, and other information you want to remember on scrap paper. This will act as a reference sheet for you as you progress through the test. 4. Always remember to show all of your work on scrap paper just in case. 5. Do the problems that you know first and the harder problems last. This will also help you relax. This is also an efficient time management strategy. 6. Careless mistakes are common problems during tests in mathematics and science. Always review your work before submitting your test. 7. Get rid of any distractions! (shut off that cell phone) For more individualized assistance, contact me!

I am new to and now I want to tutor you! For about 10 years now, I have been teaching subjects such as mathematics, physics, test preparation, and astronomy in higher education. I have helped students of various backgrounds understand these subjects. I have also used multimedia and technology to help students visualize some of the complex ideas that can come up in these fields.

I was asked this question recently by several mothers about which book (singular, not plural) they should get for their sons for their upcoming tests. To both of them I replied: "Get the Princeton Review edition of the book." And while I believe this to be the CORRECT answer, this answer unfortunately is misleading because what I actually want to say is, "Get ALL editions of the book." For example if there is a Barron's version, a Kaplan version, a Princeton Review version, etc. etc. of AP Chemistry, then I would advise the moms to get ALL of these books for their sons (assuming of course that they'll read them). The reason is because one book doesn't have enough practice problems. From experience, after reading the first test preparation book or textbook, the student will have a rather hazy outline of the subject material. Books 2-5 make the outline clearer. Most students don't begin to really understand the subject until around Book 7. And that's the reason... read more

I will be beginning my 12th year as a Middle School teacher. I've taught grades 6, 7, and 8. I've taught Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Life Science. In addition, I'm working my 2nd year as a summer camp instructor, in Broward County Florida, and tutor a middle school student in math. My goal as a student's tutor is not simply to teach the subject material, but to increase the student's confidence in the subject as well. I would love the opportunity to demonstrate my skills in working with your child. Thank you. Emil K.

Summertime ... swimming, reading, barbeques, hanging with friends. Summer jobs and going out after work. Yet for some, schoolwork and studying are a big part of our summer agenda. No matter what time of year you are studying, it is crucial to know when to stop and take a break. Forcing your attention past your limit will not be productive. If you can't summarize what you just read, you have read too long. If you are making more mistakes on your math homework, it's time to do something else. What's your ideal study session? It might be an hour or two, or it might be only 20 minutes. Stick to the length of time that works best for you. When you come back refreshed, you will learn more easily. Get into the slower summertime pace. When the fall comes, remember to stop studying and do something else, even if only for a few minutes. Your brain will thank you.

Flash cards -- highlighting -- writing down definitions. Do you do all that and still have low test scores? Often, straight memorization is not enough to really learn the subject well. For example, in biology you may learn that proteins are formed from peptide chains. You may also learn that a polymer is a chemical compound that has repeated units. But if an exam question refers to a "polypeptide," you might not realize that it was talking about a protein. The key here is to make associations. What are polymers? What type of biological compounds can be classed as polymers? "Poly" means "many." So, a polypeptide would be "many peptides." What compound is composed of many peptides? A protein, of course. This type of reasoning is not developed by straight memorization. You need to reach for the meaning. Make lists, tables, or diagrams; look up words; make links and associations. Write definitions in your own words only. Don't guess.... read more

I am now offering Regular Lessons for Reading, for Writing, for Reasoning, and for Study Skills. These Lessons are available for students at all levels through College. Before beginning lessons, each student will receive an initial assessment to determine his or her level before beginning lessons. Each lesson will be one-on-one and will be geared directly to that student and his or her development. Reading lessons will include word formation, phonics, pronunciation, vocabulary, spelling, speech-reading, speed, comprehension, and recall skills. Writing lessons will include penmanship, word formation, vocabulary, spelling, essay formats, poetry, fiction formats, structure, and grammar. Reasoning lessons will include deductive logic, inductive logic, math reasoning, science reasoning, memory skills, and pattern thinking. Study Skills lessons will include a little each of Reading, Writing, and Reasoning, in addition to Organization, Notetaking, and Memorization—the purpose... read more

Recently, after I tutored two of my favorite students to prepare them for upcoming tests in Pre-Algebra and Geometry respectively, I received positive reinforcement for the importance and value of customizing the tutoring approach, information, knowledge transfer, and tutoring style. After the first tutoring session, I was approached by three people as I was waiting for my next student: 1. An elementary school teacher – she complemented me on my knowledge and tutoring style, and asked me for my information to refer students to me for tutoring. 2. A parent seeking a tutor for their daughter – he complimented me on my tutoring style, my patience, and my problem solving ability, He said, “I saw how you tutored him and I want you to tutor my daughter the same way” He booked a tutoring session for the next day. 3. An adult student preparing for a standardized test – she worked at the café, came over and said that she saw me tutoring the student and saw how he was excited... read more

Although there are many things you will learn in your academic career that you may never use again, there are just as many that you will use on a regular basis or will come in handy when you least expect it. The basics of any subject will never let you down. You DO need to know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide in YOUR HEAD. Why? Because people make mistakes when inputting data into calculators and computers. The answer that comes out of those devices is only as good as the data that went in. If you are shopping and something is advertised as 25% percent off, you should be able to do the mental math to determine if it really is a good deal or not. When applying for a job and writing a cover letter or resume, you better be using grammatically correct sentence structure or the person who is reading either one will decide that if you can't write a simple cover letter, you aren't worth the time to interview. Learning about cultures other than your own will be invaluable... read more

A few keys to success in school (for people with or without A.D.D.): We need to concentrate on taking notes in classes, and possibly use a digital recorder to record some classes. (That makes a tremendous difference for many of my A.D.D. students, because they can "go back and listen" to things they missed when distractions occurred.) Examples of distractions include when other students are moving or making noises, worries or concerns**, being hungry, needing to go to the restroom, looking for a pen or pencil, or needing to sharpen a pencil, etc. There are many sources of distractions. Even **fear of failure** can be a distraction! What about memory problems? Actually all of us have trouble with remembering from time to time--it's part of being human, right? Heck, even computers have memory problems occasionally, so it seems that some degree of "forgetfulness" is basically a universal condition. Some good news for A.D.D. students: If we are able... read more

I’m not good at this! I don’t like it! Why do I have to do this? Were these questions my students were asking the other day? No, these were things I was saying at the gym yesterday. I hate to exercise. I’m definitely not good at it. I’m definitely not very highly motivated. Yet, I go there 4 times a week, because I know it is good for me, and I don’t like how I feel when I don’t go. Now, occasionally, a student will ask me these same questions and I admit, until I actually heard myself complain at the gym yesterday, I was sympathetic, but I didn’t get it. I love math. I love science. I find it interesting and I do well in it. Why wouldn’t I want to learn more? Why wouldn’t I practice more? For every question I felt positive about in math/science, I could hear my negative response if I was thinking about that answer in terms of the gym. So, OK, I get it, math-science, not your thing. But I guarantee you that working consistently on something, even if you do not like... read more

Over and over I hear from students that their teachers don't require them to use their textbooks; instead the teacher uses power point presentations and has students take notes. Here is the problem with that way of thinking. MOST students don't take really good notes which makes it difficult to complete homework or to study for tests. THINK OF YOUR TEXTBOOK AS YOUR BEST FRIEND. It is the go to guy for those questions you need help answering. Your textbook includes the curriculum that your teacher is required to cover, hence it has the answers within its pages. Your teachers tend to follow the flow of the textbook for the order of their lessons, so if you take the time to read the chapter that comes after what you are currently studying, you will already have some knowledge about the material your teacher will be presenting next. This makes note taking so much easier and gives you a heads up on material you may find confusing which, in turn, allows you the opportunity to ask your teacher... read more

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!

Periodically I will be posting updates regarding my schedule, helpful information to supplement my lessons, or I will post random stuff that I feel like posting. Whatever the post may entail, this is where you can find information that may not be listed on my profile, and this will be a convenient forum for students to ask questions, or comment on material covered in sessions. As I become more familiar with the blog set up here on WyzAnt,. I will begin to utilize this section more. In the meantime send me an email via the link on my profile and I will respond to you within 24 hours (often sooner than that).

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