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Imagine the audience in their underwear!   This is an old tip from who-knows-where. Has it ever helped reduce your public speaking anxiety? I'm going to take a wild guess and say your answer is "no". If you're happy with this underwear envisioning tip, then carry on. If you feel you need something more to help with your public speaking anxiety, read on!   Public speaking can be downright terrifying for many people. But here's the good part: it doesn't have to be. By using at least one of the tips below, you can make your presentation less nerve wracking and more enjoyable than you ever thought possible. So without further ado, here are a few tips to help with your next presentation:    Look at the tops of their heads Now you might be thinking "aren't you supposed to give people direct eye contact or they might think you're lying?" Well, yes that's true. However, in a presentation setting, you are at the front of the... read more

A lot of people don't connect clear speaking with writing skills, but I've noticed that lots of students, from elementary school through college make errors in spelling and grammar because of the influence of hearing others pronounce words incorrectly. For example,  "I don't know weather I'm going" or "Could you be quite, please? or "Me and my friend are...." The first two contain errors in spelling; the third has an error in grammar.  But the way people pronounce words or use ungrammatical speech can "crossover" into written language.  And the less someone reads, the more apt this is to happen.  I observe these errors a lot when I'm tutoring.   I studied voice articulation with someone considered to be the "best" teacher of this subject in the country, and proper pronunciation was drilled into me.  Here's a little exercise to practice differentiating "whether" from "weather."   Here... read more

Public Speaking- From Fear to Fierce I went to a high school that put great emphasis on classical skills: Logic, Latin, and Rhetoric. The term “rhetoric” has a bad reputation in today’s society that is completely undeserved. The word “rhetoric” simply referred to the art of communication, often in public speaking or in discussion format. That discussion aside, I loved the methods that we were taught to overcome that fear of public speaking, and I think that others could benefit as well. I remember the first time that each person in our ninth grade class had to present a paper to our history class. We were all white-knuckled clutching our entirely pre-written papers that must have only been two or three hand written pages in length. Shaking knees and even shakier voices were quite prevalent. The next year, when we started rhetoric classes, I watched those same students, including myself, giving speeches fifteen minutes or longer with very little noticeable hesitation... read more

Philosophy of Education for M.J. T. To me the purpose of education is threefold: (1) provide students with a basis of knowledge, (2) teach students how to reason so that they can continue their education throughout their lives, and (3) instill in them a life-long excitement about and love of learning. Students must acquire a basis of knowledge, a framework on which to sort out and understand how various aspects of information in any subject area fit together to make the whole picture of where we have been and where we are going as a civilization. Science affects philosophy which affects the arts … ad infinitum. Nothing exists in a vacuum-sealed box. All knowledge is recursive and intertwined - reaches out and affects many areas outside the discipline in which it begins. I liken this basis of knowledge to a needlepoint tapestry mesh framework. The threads of different strands of information are worked in at various points. In some way every thread touches every other... read more

I learned in my human development class that babies learn through repetition = Rote memory You may have also witnessed the ease with which the ABC's were learned. Mary Had a Little Lamb? Twinkle Twinkle? It is easier to commit something to memory through a song. Why is it so easy to remember that annoying tune on the radio? To better memorize - Words - Phrases - Rules (Grammatical, mathematical etc) Try putting it to a simple song tune. Ex My 2 year old learned how to spell his name BINGO style. L-O-G-A-N.

In my experience working with learners from various education levels and backgrounds, I understand the feelings of frustrations and concerns that many have when struggling with a subject or studying for a test but not receiving the results you would like or expect. It creates a feeling of helplessness or the sense that you can't overcome or you'll never get it. That's not true. With the right study skills, you can improve your confidence, preparedness, and ability in any area. The keys to learner's success include having clear goals about what you want to achieve, learning effective study tips and strategies, pacing yourself, organizational skills, time management, academic planning and preparation, step-by-step instruction, committment (good work ethic), practice, and building confidence in your ability to improve and achieve your goals. It's said, if you want to succeed, try and try again. That's the only way to do it. If you have questions about assignments or practice... read more

Hello everyone! Or should I say kazoozampola! That is Dzongkha (the national language of Bhutan) for HELLO! After a few months away in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, the Kingdom of Bhutan, teaching at the Royal University of Bhutan, I am back and ready to see you. I am ready to apply some of the insights into teaching that I gained on this last adventure. Every year or so I try to freshen my approach to teaching. Subjects don't change that much. Let's face it - spelling stays pretty much the same, as does the pronunciation of words, and the structure of a sentence. But HOW to teach these topics -whether to a high school student struggling with essay writing or a business executive getting prepared for a presentation, or a non-native speaker hoping to improve his job prospects - refreshing teaching methods keeps me fresh, and keeps you interested (and helps towards better results). A few years ago I took some ASL (American Sign Language) courses to help inform my teaching... read more

Massachusetts Specific Resources: · · · · · Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: · · · General Learning Disabilities Information: · · · · · · ADHD/ADD: · · · · Dyslexia: · · www... read more

The above-referenced subjects include different-aged PreK-College student needs I have experienced at the beginning of each school year since Fall 2010, when I first began tutoring in earnest via WyzAnt, instead of substituting daily for lesser pay in 18 area elementaries in our school district. I am not including higher math (Grade 7 and above) in my math tutoring experience. I also have helped adults with ESL/ESOL, general and academic reading/writing/comprehension/test preparation as well as public speaking for different-sized audiences, sometimes at-the-last-minute before "the big presentation day".

Why did I choose to teach via WyzAnt? It seems that people trust screening agencies today! We want someone to do the background research for us! From the web search, I found this placement company. It's easier that way to market my services, so it seems! Be my first student or group or students! My local and international references are excellent! I love to teach! My students become my friends! Sincerely, Bonny

They say that people fear public speaking more than anything other than death. Guess what? "They" spread that fear by saying it. Forget I said it just now! The audience is on your side. They're in your corner. Know why? Because they're already there. If you fall on your face, they've wasted their time, and they do NOT want that. So here's what the audience wants - practically craves - from you: - To be entertained. - To be inspired. - To have something to share. They want to be entertained. Listen: the beginning of your speech is the critical moment, the point when mumbling will lose them forever. So what you want is a funny story, or a shocking statistic, or a question they can't help but answer. Whatever you choose, make it relevant to your topic, practice it again and again, walk out there with a swagger, and launch right into it without any notes. It's your moment! Grab 'em right away! They want to be inspired. You want them - no, you EXPECT... read more

Many sounds in English sound almost exactly the same in everyday conversation. Growing up in the U.S. we imitate our parents in how we shape our mouths to produce unique sounds. Actively engaging your cheeks, lips, tongue, and jaw will immediately improve your pronunciation. A lot of adults who learn English as a Second Language (ESL), have trouble mobilizing and coordinating their faces with the sounds they are speaking. Some hardly move their lips at all, as it they were paralyzed. Others try to talk so fast their mouths cannot keep up with their thoughts. Lip readers can understand spoken language without hearing it because each sound has a unique facial configuration. That means that the meaning of the words is contained in the facial shapes. Because they are activated my muscles, the mouth parts acquire muscle memory they call upon whenever they need to make a specific sound. If you try to intellectually remember the sound, results are much poorer. Say "P" pork... read more

I came across the Free Rice during my research on "games with a purpose" (GWAP). For every correct answer, the website donates 10 grains of rice to the UN World Food Program. Games have long been a fun and effective way to learn. Crossword puzzles are a game many enjoy that is also a fun way to learn new words and think about familiar ones. Sesame Street proved that children can learn and have fun at the same time. With the spread of computers and the Internet, teachers quickly adapted the new technology to instruction. Now, many websites and applications for children are both entertaining and educational. Free rice is the newest entry in a long tradition of making learning fun. The best thing about a good game is that people enjoy playing it for its own sake. In other words, people enjoy facing and overcoming challenges, no matter how simple or repetitive. The popular game Tetris because people achieve satisfaction by increasing their skill. This satisfaction alone makes... read more

Glazed eyes. Yawns. Fidgeting. All of these are signs that a speaker has lost his or her audience. Nothing is guaranteed to produce more nervousness than an audience that can’t wait for you to pronounce your last sentence. How will an outline help you? An outline adds structure. It is the skeleton that supports the body of your speech. You know where you are going and it is easier to take your audience along with you. How does one prepare an outline? Begin by establishing your theme. What do you want your audience to carry away with them? What idea do you want them to remember, what conclusion do you want them to reach? Stated in one sentence, this is the destination you want to arrive at with your audience. Now choose your main points. These can be as few as two, for a short discussion, or as many as five. But no more than five. Remember our first paragraph? What does your audience already know? Don’t bore them with old news, excite them with something fresh. Above... read more

The minute I walked into my student's home, he ran to get his wooden, green race car & beautiful trophy that he had won over the weekend. He placed 2nd out of his entire boy scout troop for having one of the best designed cars & for it's speed in finishing their race. He really talked fast & used correct sentences as he excitedly told me how he had drawn his sleek-looking race car, then explained how he carved it out of a wooden block, put wheels on it and painted it too. He was so over-joyed about his winning. He told me also how he had to measure for the size of the car, write about the steps that he took to make it, & that he had to explain his project in front of the group. His mom was beaming just as much as he was! She is thrilled that he is gaining more confidence in speaking & reading before an audience. She added that her son gave a speech at his church, plus she & other family members couldn't get over the fact that he volunteered to speak "twice"... read more

Caio! My name is Kenya and I am a writing tutor. Most people expect that being a tutor means that you have always been perfect in school or that you have natural aptitude in every subject. The truth is, actually, that 1) No one is perfect and 2) if they were, they would be LESS likely to do well in school because there would be no growth or challenge, just boredom. One subject in school that is particularly challenging is writing. People feel extra ashamed because they assume that a well spoken command of language translates to good grades. The secret to good writing is being flexible, being thoughtful and being honest where your weaknesses are. So no matter what grades you have gotten in the past, no matter what your weaknesses are, each assignment is an opportunity to make an inventory of what you can do by yourself and what you need to seek help for. This how you go from C to A and from an F to an A plus. Have fun learning!

A Hands-on" instructional plan (spotlighted for Math and Science tutoring) proves a centerpiece-learning-strategy for three quarters of the students that we tutor. But, about a quarter of the general population (and perhaps the same percentage of students seen in tutoring sessions) prove to be visual learners rather than Hands-on learners. This means that tutoring language that focuses upon "Hands-on" (tactile, kinesthetic and proprioceptive verbs) targets visual learners' weakest (and  least-preferred) learning (and thinking) mode. Here are some words observed in a recent WyzAnt Blog comment. (The commenter seems to be a "Hands-on" thinker.) ... * feel * approach * hand over the reigns * be on their shoulder * taking the exam * process * have a grip on These verbs show that "Hands-on" words tint and color the tutor's world view. Fortunately, a super-majority-plus number of students respond to these... read more

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