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Elementary Education Tutor K thru Grade 8 Educator License Certification also in Language Arts thru Grade 12 Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education For the last two (2) years, my formal students earned "Star-status" as a result of high-achievement state (Mississippi) test scores! I provide tutoring in Reading Comprehension, skills in which have proven to help raise student state test scores. $65.00/hrly. fee via WyzAnt Other academic areas I tutor include: All Language Arts' subjects grades K-12 History (American and World) Grammar Vocabulary Test Preparation Writing Proofreading I also teach/tutor students having Down Syndrome (pre-school through second grade).

A certain level of anxiety is helpful as it inspires one to take action and study. However, too much anxiety can lead to avoidance behavior as one may procrastinate, or it may cause one too freeze during test time. This can lead to going "blank" during the test—all of a sudden your forget everything, perhaps you lose your ability to focus, your heart starts beating faster, and you become more panicked and flustered. You may find that you run out of time or are unable to complete problems you have already studied. So, how can you cope with test anxiety? 1. Adequate preparation. a. Waiting till the last minute creates feelings of being overwhelmed as there is too much information to be learned in too little time. b. So, break studying down into small chunks and prepare ahead of time. I. Study a little bit every day. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part, so commit to 15 minutes a day. You may find that once you get started, you will go over the... read more

Although I am not a contestant on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", let me nevertheless ask the audience on this one... I want to know what makes a tutor more appealing (besides the profile picture). Is it affordability? Is it flexibility in hours? Is it number of years experience in tutoring a particular subject? Is it the ratings given to the tutor by students? Is it age? Please give me an idea of what I can do for you. Although I am new to this tutoring site, I really want to build more relationships with students who seek assistance in math and other subjects. Your feedback will not only help me cater to these responses, but it may also assist other tutors. Personally, I have noticed a variety of experience from other tutors, various rates, and a spectrum of ages. Some tutors seem quite qualified, yet they could be "selling themselves short" by only charging $25/hr for their services (and with their patience and charisma seem to be "worth"... read more

America the Giving by Cindy M. “Giving, giving, giving—Americans are always giving,” says Maria, an English-as-a-Second-Language student, as we talk about an upcoming charitable event. American generosity is both a wonder and a puzzlement to her, but she is sincere when she smiles and adds, “I am glad I am here. There was nothing for us in Bosnia. We are American now.” Maria’s words stay with me as I ponder what actually makes an American American. What characteristics do Americans possess that identify us as American as opposed to displaced Bosnians, Italians, Mexicans, Africans, Asians or Cherokees? Could it be as simple as Maria says? Could it be this knack we have of giving freely of ourselves above and beyond the call of duty? Can the character of a people be defined by their simple acts of kindness and charity alone? Is compassionate a sufficient adjective to describe us as a people? But folks like Maria perceive Americans differently. While we see everyday... read more

Many of my students are preparing for midterm exams or finals. With the cold weather and snow, some schools have re-scheduled their exams, making organizing a sound studying strategy a little more difficult. Not knowing when your exam is, makes it hard to pace yourself. But, if you were studying all along, and know what to expect on your midterm or final exam, you have very little to worry about. Let's start with those who have an over confident attitude -- they know everything. They know the subject matter like they know their names. They always got great grades in school. They know they'll do well on the final. But, will they be satisfied with a B or do they really want the A? I take the good students, the successful student and show them how to become great students. My techniques cut study time. I help turn Bs to As. Now, suppose you didn't study all semester, you have a C or D average or even worse, you risk failing your courses. If you have the aptitude and the... read more

For most people, solving a problem or a question is not difficult if they have a model to follow and the correct data to plug into the model. Take one of the most basic functions, paying for something at a cash register. If the cashier tells you the Happy Meal costs (with tax) $4.23, and you hand the cashier a $10.00 bill, I suspect that most cashiers will give and most people will expect their $5.77 in change. Oh, you can confuse people and make the problem more difficult (7 dimes, a nickel and two pennies, rather than 3 quarters and two pennies), but these are just "tricks." This works, because for the vast majority of people, this is an "ordinary" occurrence something we've either done or witnessed hundreds of times, and we can intuitively extend our addition and subtraction rules to a new problem. Unfortunately, most classroom topics are taught like the math example above using clear, intuitive, and easily understood examples, but tested using confusing... read more

Some students learn by looking at the big picture FIRST and then finding out all the little details. Other students learn all the little details FIRST before understanding the big picture. Social studies courses are usually taught from the TEACHER'S learning style, NOT the students.' Consequently, many students who could easily grasp the subject matter, think the teacher is from another planet. And, you know something? They're right! If your teacher provides a series of facts and asks you to formulate a conclusion, what do you do with these facts? If your teacher asks you to find the facts and formulate a conclusion, where would you start? How much of your own personal knowledge do you bring to the classroom each day? Whether you bury your head in the details or seek out the basic elements of the subject matter and work your way through the details, getting the critical information (the information for your report, test, exam, project) is key to learning the subject... read more

The one thing that upset me the most about the election that just happened was how little reasonable debate there was about actual issues. Of course, this is nothing new, but it seems to be getting worse and worse. In thinking about this, I realized that I have personally done very little to engage in discussion with others about political issues, and now I am trying to figure out ways to do more of that, and also encourage my students to do more critical thinking, critical evaluation of the messages they hear around them, and engagement with others about political ideas. I have a few ways of doing this, but I hope if you read this, fellow teachers, you will also share your ideas in this forum and other ones, about how to increase the amount of reasoning and discussion in our democratic society. One way I have is probably rather old-fashioned. It involves writing letters to the editor of a newspaper. If you can still find a real, print newspaper somewhere, find the editorial... read more

"Shijie shang shenme yao dou you, weidu meiyou houhuiyao." This is a well-known Chinese saying, I have grown up hearing my grandma saying it,my Mom saying it with a sigh, my playmates teasing each other with it and my teachers instructed us with it. It means there are all sorts of medicine available in the world, except a medicine which can cure regrets. It is sad but true. I am so regretful that I have spent too many years of my life studying the English language but failed to read the great works of this beautiful language. In the year 2002, I graduated from high school and like all other relatively lucky Chinese students I passed the college entrance examination in July, 2002, with a really high score ,72 points higher than the National level. I have long wanted to be a writer.A writer who can write about my unique life experiences and ambition. My decision of studying English language as my BA major was made in the year 2001, when five couples of my relatives... read more

One of my pet peeves is how history is often taught. First off, history is about people and what happened, which is often rather exciting, not about dates. If you don't believe me that history can be exciting, just look at the #1 source for inspiration for video games (at least #1 when it comes to school subjects). Most strategy games are based on history and most others include history in their games (even if not our history *nods at Final Fantasy*). My other gripe though is that history is broken into sections. While I certainly admit the world has gone through major events and that sections can be helpful, so often I see history learned entirely as those sections. Time is a flow. History flows one event into the next. If we do not teach our students the cause-and-effect relationships throughout history, how are we supposed to learn from our past mistakes (and successes)? For example, I have a student who I am helping with history. He is studying world history from... read more

We can probably all agree that certain things are not taught (or at least learned) enough in American schools. I think one of these subjects is geography. We are probably lacking in this area because of our aversion to memorization tasks - there aren't many other ways to learn geography than by memorizing place names and locations. First of all, a little rote memorization never hurt anyone, especially when it was not coming at the cost of other educational experiences. Training your memory is very useful for life, and setting out to memorize some body of knowledge and then achieving your goal can really build confidence. Finally, knowing about geography helps you make friends! In this global age, we should all educate ourselves to be familiar with the peoples and places around the world. I have met so many people from around the world at my university, at conferences, summer institutes, and during my own travels. It really makes you feel like a "dumb American" to realize... read more

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