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This is the story of a certain student who faced a lot of difficulties understanding certain concepts in his class. He/She was at the point of giving up and failing that class when a deep beautiful voice called his/her name out loud, "Student!" He/She didn't understand what was going on. The voice called a second time, "Student, go to the tutoring center!" So the student walked his/her way to the student center and asked for a tutor to help.   The first tutor looked at him/her with an expression of disgust. "How can you not understand this?" the tutor asked. "It is very simple, just do this..." Confused, the student couldn't keep up with the tutor's technique. The tutor seemed to have had a bad beginning of the day and was very impatient. He also got on the top of his nerves, but always seemed to hold back. Scared, the student called onto a second tutor.   The second tutor came with an indifferent expression. He didn't... read more

Frequently Asked Questions   What do you do to help make learning fun? This depends on the subject and the student's age. I have created Jeopardy games, given play money/candy as rewards for answering correctly, played board games (while studying), gathered books on subjects that interest the student, and much more.   Do you offer any guarantees? Yes, I am not satisfied until you are. If your child receives a grade on a test/quiz that is below a "C" then I will review the material with the student at no charge.   Can you guarantee my child will improve? I can assure you that I will give your child all the tools necessary to improve their grades. It is ultimately up to the child to improve.   What are the typical grade improvements you see? Most children will improve a minimum one letter score within only a few weeks of tutoring.   Do you offer ongoing tutoring rates? Yes, students who meet a minimum... read more

One of the main complaints that students have when struggling with their math homework is that they don't understand why they need to learn this in the first place.  After all, how often do we actually use calculus or trigonometry in our daily lives?   I always make an effort to correct this false assumption in my students.  Everything that we learn in math connects to reality in often unexpected ways.  For this reason, I like to find out what it is that interests my student, or what their career goals are, so that I may show them how the math connects.   Take the example of logarithms.  For the student with an ear for music, I can explain how logarithmic scales describe the relationships between musical tones, and true understanding of musical theory requires an understanding of this field of math.  For the student who plans to go into the medical field, logarithms can be used to help model the levels of medications in a patient's... read more

  One of my favorite things to help young children learn to read, in addition to drilling phonics, is helping them make their own books.  Of course, I keep the books short to accommodate their short attention spans.  Using books they made helps to break up the monotony of rote/drill work, which is very important.  We start with books that only contain words with the same sound, for example, the "oo" sound.  I find that the "oo" sound is very exciting to start with because one can make words that a child loves.  Some "oo" words we start with are "boo", boom, "zoo", "zoom", "moo", moon", and  the word " boot".   Children latch on to these words and really make a connection to the sounds because these are fun words.    Next, I make another book using two sight words .  For example, introduce the words  "I like".  On each page,... read more

***Disclaimer: I write blog posts the way I think and speak, so pardon the grammar and the non-formal language, Enjoy!*** First things first, as a tutor you need to realize you aren't their teacher... so relax! You don't have to take a dictatorship role with them. Get to know the students you are working with. I say "students" because aren't we all just trying to learn something? Doesn't matter how old you are, you are always a student... only the setting and situation has changed a bit. With that in mind, everyone is different so therefore people also learn differently, people are motivated by different things. By getting to know your students, you will be able to understand their needs that extent farther than simply their academic needs.  Don't take yourself too seriously! This goes hand-in-hand with number one, but it's true! You want your students to feel comfortable working with you, and that won't happen if you're a stiff.  Treat your students... read more

I had a blast in school but certainly not all the time. There were classes I didn't like and teachers I didn't connect with. As much as I enjoyed the school experience there were some things that always fell short in my estimation. As a tutor- one of my biggest jobs is to help make the experience as fun or entertaining as possible. Here are five things I do that make tutoring fun!   Number One: Education as Entertainment Learning should be fun most of the time. If it's not fun ANY of the time, than we're doing it wrong.   Number Two: Gaming the system School curriculum isn't a universal application. Different students will have different needs and strengths. By teaching the student how to easily navigate their assignments, they can spend more time using the material for their own instead of the material using them.   Number Three: Honest Thoughts Teachers and students have a distinct lack of frankness sometimes that I've found to hinder... read more

Firstly, tutoring is an art. I try my best to make each lesson unique. My number one tip is try to find a way to explain material through everyday phenomena. For example, in chemistry we use stoichiometry to find the right amounts of substance need for producing a certain amount of products. Before of jumping into the mathematical madness, I explain the concept through cooking. Chemical equations can be treated just like recipes. Students are more likely to understand the concept through things that they are familiar with.      My second tip is to take difficult things and make them into something silly or funny. I use this when I am explaining dimensional analysis. Many students struggle with unit conversions and unit simplification. What I do is I put the joules, kilograms, and meter/sec away and I explain dimensional analysis through smiley faces, hot dogs, frowny faces, and hamburgers. To do this I set a certain number of smiley faces equal to hamburgers... read more

Tip 1:  Always get to know your student, but be sure to keep it at a professional level and nothing too personal   Tip 2:  Play certain educational games that can include learning definitions, or formulas    Tip 3:  Don't be too serious,  try to have a relaxing environment so the student won't feel so uptight   Tip 4:  Try to include comedy in the routine, from what I've learned most students either "hate" the subject and want to get it over with, but adding a comedic level to the subject can make them have a better attitude towards learning it.   Tip 5:  If a student does well on a test, I may bring in a snack or something to reward them with for their hard work

I just tutored my very first Online tutoring session.   No, please don't get me wrong.  I've done plenty of tutoring!   I've tutored 14 and 16 hour-days straight helping students prepare for their final exams, and I've gained, in my best reasonable approximation, well over 10,000 hours of experience tutoring.  Because I used to do it full time!  And now I am again. Part-time full-time.  :)   However, I had never wanted to leap that big hurdle of creating my own platform or set-up to do online tutoring!  it just felt like so much to trouble-shoot and research, and... frankly, as a working mother with 3 children and volunteer positions, it just had never felt like the direction to be putting my time!   Maybe it would have been worth it in the end.  I don't know.   But I am so happy!!  Because WyzAnt now offers a great online tutoring platform.  (Plus, they do the majority of my marketing... read more

WyzAnt allows you to use their custom-built tutoring platform for online lessons. I have found this far superior to Skype, and comparable to many commercial, expensive web meeting platforms, and it's specifically designed for tutoring. While there are many features, and WyzAnt's materials cover them extensively, I want to point out something I've used that has greatly benefited my own use and, I hope, the experience of my students.    I own a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet, which I bought to annotate screencasts for a statistics app that I'm developing. A use case I didn't intend was online tutoring. WyzAnt's platform has a whiteboard with the ability to create objects, drop in files, add text, even Wolfram|Alpha output, to a screen both parties can see. However, the freehand drawing function looks very ugly if used with a mouse: it resembles a child's chicken scratch. Not exactly the professional look you want as a tutor.    Using a graphics tablet... read more

Tutoring can be fun! Exciting! Educational! It doesn't mean that a student is lacking intelligence; it means they are smart and motivated enough to take the time to become stronger in a subject! There are many ways that tutoring can become an adventure! First, all learning activities should take place in a fun, stress-free environment. Studying in the same room can become suffocating, so let's go to the park or library! An additional way tutoring can be fun is to provide plenty of snacks! Rewards in the form of food, (one skittle per page, making cookies when homework is completed) help keep the student focused and motivated, and provide vital fuel for their brain! A third way to make tutoring exciting is to involve the entire family! Make it a game! Have a difficult spelling test? Practice with a parent. Learning to read a hard book? Read aloud after dinner! Another way tutoring can be made fun is by dressing for success. Break out that new shirt and heels! Grab your cowboy hat... read more

Throughout history Aristotle’s works have been on and off of the world’s best seller list. Even though they might not be on it now, this does not take away from the perennial value that these books have. Indeed his work in philosophy, politics and science has done much to shape western history, but not to be forgotten is his work as a tutor. Since his tutoring was linked to the immemorial name of Alexander the Great, the work of Aristotle the Educator can never be underestimated.   One of the great ideas that Aristotle discusses in his work on rhetoric is that of the pleasure of learning. It is true that manuals and testing do much to rid the modern student of this pleasure with the pressure they cause to simply “cover the material”. However, it is essential for the student to experience the pleasure of understanding if they are going to ultimately succeed in their educational experience.   Things that have helped my students enjoy learning have been: 1... read more

I've been through a long journey with music, and have changed my style and genre focus according to what is fun for me. Music is my profession and my passion, so if I'm not absolutely loving it, why bother?   Here are my tips that make my tutoring fun!   1. ASK QUESTIONS! What does my student want to learn? What musicians do they admire? Who do they want to sound like? What songs do they want to cover? Why do they love music so much? This lesson isn't about me, it's about the student. I'm here to help them along on their journey, and give them the skills and reinforcement they need to get there!   2. BE SILLY! Music is personal, and I have experienced musician's shyness myself from time to time. By letting my students know that lesson time is the time to learn, be silly, be yourself, and make mistakes, they can let go of needing to feel "perfect" and just focus on improving! Music isn't about perfection, it's about expression.   3... read more

Thank you very much for your interest in me as a writing tutor and/or proofreader!  I hope that after reviewing my information, you are as confident in my writing abilities as I am.  Any good relationship must begin with reasonable expectations, both for what my role is and what your role is as well.  Here are a few guidelines:   1.  I cannot do your work for you.   For most of you, you are likely enrolled in some type of class for which you have been given writing assignments.  The purpose of any writing assignment is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the subject matter, as well as develop your analytic and written skills.  As such, I cannot explain the essential subject matter of your course to you, nor can I explain what your professor expects; I cannot teach you your class (unless you have hired me to tutor you for a law-related class).  My job is limited to helping you to better demonstrate what you are learning... read more

Today Nicole from Lenmore, CA, asked this question:   There are 5000 tires made including 200 that are defective if 4 tires are randomly selected, what is the probability that they are good?   Asked to use the method of redundancy but I'm having a hard time understanding how to write the equation and solve the problem.   The Wheeling Tire Company produced a batch of 5000 tires that includes exactly 200 that are defective.   a) If 4 tires are randomly selected for installation on a car, what is the probability that they are all good?   b) If 100 tires are randomly selected for shipment to an outlet, what is the probability that they are all good? Should the outlet plan to deal with defective tires returned by their customers?   And here's how I answered:   Hi Nicole, thanks for asking. Here's how I would do this problem. 1. Define your variables T= total number of tires D... read more

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