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I've had several potential students contact me recently without reading my profile page carefully. I'm not involved with social media, so I don't know if that page resembles a social media platform. I doubt it, but perhaps people are so used to looking at information online with half an eye, without really reading or absorbing the content, that when they come here they feel the “information” is the same as elsewhere. It's not. On my profile page, my location is stated. Yet potential students from other time zones sometimes feel I must work close to them. They are surprised when they finally realize I don''t live in their state. That also means I can't meet them at a local coffee shop for face-to-face work. Again they are surprised, despite the fact that their tutoring request clearly states: “preferred lesson location: online”. If I live far from you, and you have asked for online tutoring, then why would you be surprised that we would work online, not face-to-face at a local... read more

To my students and their families, Thank you so much for the opportunity to be your tutor. It is with great joy that I prepare an individualized lesson plan ahead of time, as well as detailed coursework for both in-class and after-class practice. As a result of the preparation needed to provide a quality service for every student, I reserve the right to issue a cancellation fee for students who either cancel within two (2) hours of the scheduled time slot or for students who fail to show up to the lesson within the first 15 minutes of the scheduled time slot.   A cancellation fee of $10 will be issued for those who cancel within two hours of the scheduled time frame. However, no-show students will be issued a cancellation fee of $15 if they are over 15 minutes late to the lesson. I completely understand that sometimes there may be an emergency or schedule confusion. If this is the case, I am happy to reschedule the lesson for a later time on the same day as the original... read more

The entrance exams for colleges are the toughest exams that students need to face. It is important to be with your child and help him or her prepare for it from an early stage. Read on to find out some ways in which you can make college admission easier for your child: Gathering information The deadline for college applications, process of applying, type of admission test and the minimum cutoff score should be found out. You can gather this vital information for your child and make it available to your child when required. It is important to ensure that your ward does not forget the scheduled test date and other requirements. Encouraging the child to take the test a year early It is a good idea to go for a trial run before the actual exam. You should persuade your child to take entrance exams in the junior year itself to get an idea about the question pattern and requirement of time management. This can ensure that when the actual time for admission comes,... read more

Standardized tests with reading comprehension components like to throw in inference questions. Their purpose is to see if you can understand how the author feels about a certain topic or if you can draw conclusions from information that is not presented directly in the text but which is implied. When you're reading to answer inference questions, it's important that you understand the main ideas of the passage. Don't focus too much on the details. Then understand how the main ideas are connected. Look at the way the paragraphs are organized. Determine what the author's purpose is in writing the text. What are they trying to convince you of? When you read an inference question, try to put it into your own words. This will help you to understand the question better. They may use phrases like "could be interpreted to say" or "hints/suggests that." Read the text for words like "except" or "however" that indicate perhaps how the... read more

Accessing the online lesson for the first time can be tricky.Below is a detailed explanatation   First and foremost, your computer must have a webcam and headphones are recommended. To avoid a panic at the later lesson time, I strongly suggest attempting to access the lesson the second that your lesson is scheduled. This will allow you to explore the features and familiarize yourself with the program. I'll be happy to assist at the time of the lesson as well and it usually takes no more than a minute.   The access to the lesson is generally to the right of the messages tab on the computer. There should be a "join online lesson" option. This may be labeled differently, but should say about the same. If you have any trouble outside of this, please message your tutor and they (or I) can hopefully guide you in the right direction.

If a student wishes to cancel a lesson, he/she must provide a notice at least 8 hours prior to the beginning of said lesson. This allows sufficient time to schedule others who may be waiting for a lesson. If a student cancels less than 8 hours prior to a lesson, a 100% cancellation fee may be charged. If a lesson is not cancelled, yet the student fails to show up within the first 15 minutes of the lesson, a no-show fee of 110% of that lesson will be given, unless an emergency had arisen at the time of the lesson. If a student is counted as a no-show two times, future lessons will only be given at a 200% rate of the tutors existing rate. After three no-shows, the student will not be allowed any more lessons. A lesson begins and ends at the time scheduled. If a student is late, the lesson will still end at the scheduled time and the full lesson fee will still be charged.

The complaints against WyzAnt’s 40% commission demands a response. Suppose a tutor with 15 hours of work time through WyzAnt charges $40 an hour. Of that amount, WyzAnt will automatically deduct $16. This deduction is based on WyzAnt’s commission rate, which is 40% for the first 20 hours of work time. So the tutor is not earning $40 an hour; rather, the tutor is earning $24 an hour. According to a number of individuals, WyzAnt’s 40% commission rate is too high, way above average. Some folks, oddly enough, have even posted complaints on other websites. Why? Here's some food for thought. 1. Twenty-four dollars an hour is higher than any state’s hourly minimum wage. 2. You can create your website for tutors and charge a lower commission. 3. If you tutor for an hour you will be paid $24. 4. If you don’t tutor for an hour you will not be paid $24. 5. Twenty-four dollars is more than zero dollars. 6. You don’t have to stay with WyzAnt, but before you leave... read more

My History of Christianity professor at RTS taught at Cambridge University for four years. Here's a paper I submitted to him recently with the resulting grade of an A, as well as the comment 'well-written': The best music is rarely original. It is usually given to us from history by the best performers of the day. When one wishes to relax content with a good work of fiction, they are likewise going to find their treasures in the annals of centuries gone by. No genre, however, is perhaps most exceeded by this principle than the Christian Religion. The best theologian and pastors of the present do their best work by building bridges from the oracles of God to Israel in the Old and New Testaments, especially through the eminent clarifications of the Patristics, Medievals, and Reformers. Chief among them all is Augustine. Augustine’s work On Christian Teaching is a Classic which guides the Christian into a proper understanding of God, His Church, and the Christian life. Much that... read more

Before submitting or printing an academic research paper, essay, email, memo, or any other written document, it is very important to carefully proofread it. Proofreading of written material is the final step that must be taken before a document can be considered complete. When proofreading a document, you should first read it slowly and carefully to determine whether or not it communicates its message. If the title or the introductory paragraph do not clearly signal the intent of the paper or if the paragraphs that follow do not naturally flow from that introduction, you might want to rewrite those parts of your paper. If the research does not seem to verify what you are attempting to communicate, you may wish to rethink your thesis or you may need to conduct further research. Once that part of the proofreading process, the overview editing, has been completed, it is time to perform a more exacting analysis of the paper. During this part of the proofreading procedure,... read more

Dear future students: I find that those students who really want to watch their budget usually are aware of how to be ready for tutoring before the tutor arrives. I offer this little tip to help students save on tutoring expenses. More can be accomplished, if both tutor and student are both well-prepared. In these economic times, most of us need to watch our money flow, and most of us need to be as thrifty as we are able. If you are ready to go when the tutor arrives, you will use your time more efficiently. :-) To summarize, be as prepared as possible before the tutor arrives. For little ones, have pencils all sharpened, the study table organized, and any water or snacks ready for the child to nibble on. For young adults and adults, be sure you know what you wish to cover during the tutoring session. This includes having any revisions of your writing (plus the first draft) available, with a copy for yourself and one for the tutor. Have your pencils, pens, erasers, white-out,... read more

The two rules for rounding numbers are Round your numbers only once (in one step), and Round 5's to the nearest even digit -- up or down as needed.   Below I explain why.   In school they usually teach you to round all 5's up to the next digit. For example, 1.45 is rounded to 1.5, 1.65 is rounded to 1.7, 3.225 is rounded to 3.23, etc.   This is wrong because it introduces what we call "systematic error": an error consistently wrong in one direction. In rounding all 5's up, you end up with an average that is too high. ("Random error" goes high or low of the true value randomly, so the average is close to the real value.)   The reason is that 5 is directly in the middle of the digits we round, so we must round it up half the time, and down half the time.   To make this more clear, look at the digits we round to another number: 1, 2, 3, 4 we round down. 6, 7, 8, 9 we round up. (0 we just truncate,... read more

Every student has the same amount of time in the day, but the key to improving your life and having time for the activities you want to do is to find ways to be more productive. First, putting all your due dates for your term assignments on a calendar, paper or digital, is an effective method of measuring out your time that you have to prepare. This way helps to manage the load in nice chunks. Finding out whether you are a visual, auditory, or tactical learner is also a great idea and is helpful in engaging with the material more easily and quickly. A quick, simple test can identify how information most easily goes into your brain. If you are a visual learner, you can “see” the information, so writing notes in charts and creating other visual representations makes the information organized in your brain. Using color codes in your notes is beneficial to map out information on the pages, such as using different colored highlighting pens or colored pencils to identify questions you... read more

A concise objective, for learning to read and write English, could be to communicate with people. A more expansive or technical objective, could be to learn to recognize, pronounce and use all the basic English characters (constants & vowels), symbols and operators to create single words, that have meaning, for making statements; or to create mathematical numbers or expressions, that have value. It’s important to understand language, including English, is about thinking and learning, so remember speaking and writing is thinking; and on the other side listening and reading is learning. So, by speaking and writing; and listening and reading, we think, and we learn. That’s what communication is all about. However, people put less emphasis on listening and reading, but those are two skills that can take you far and help you avoid many unfortunate situations. While learning English, keep in mind, many characters, symbols and operators used in writing grammar are also... read more

I understand some parents are cagy or wary of online tutoring. After all - schools teach face-to-face, don't they? But, have you noticed how online services are exploding and brick/mortar schools are slowly but steadily disappearing? The internet is no longer the future - it is here - now! Online tutoring brings multiple advantages for everybody. 1. Very, very flexible. The student can be anywhere. At school on lunch break - Overseas - Broken leg in bed - sorry. 2. Nobody needs to drive in crazy traffic and risk an accident. 3. The student has immediate access to my Mac with thousands of topics - explanations and worked solutions.  4. You get copies of the work we did together for review / better understanding. Smart phone or PC! No lost paper notes. 5. Online we share screens and audio in real-time just as if we were sitting at the same table. 6. Can cancel and reschedule at the last minute. In-person carries a 24-hour minimum. 7. Class... read more

I am a new tutor so a few days ago when l received a response to one of my first applications, l was very excited. This "student" requested that we talk on phone to finalize the arrangements for date and time.   I told him since l was home on spring break, he could call me on my land line but he wrote back requesting my cell telling him that when l am at home reception is very poor on my cell phone.  He kept insisting on getting my cellphone instead, l was puzzled why.  I never heard back from him.   A day later l got an email from Wyzant that they had determined this not to be a true student inquiry.   I have not figured out yet what this fake student was after.   Can anyone tell me?   Just be aware. Christine M.

In today's Writing Rundown, I want to leave the brainstorming process for a bit and discuss responding to a prompt. Take a look at the prompt I used for my last Literature Spotlight, “The Blanks Left Empty”: AP Literature Open-Ended Prompt, 1975, #2: Unlike the novelist, the writer of a play does not use his own voice and only rarely uses a narrator’s voice to guide the audience’s responses to character and action. Select a play you have read and write an essay in which you explain the techniques the playwright uses to guide his audience’s responses to the central characters and the action. You might consider the effect on the audience of things like setting, the use of comparable and contrasting characters, and the characters’ responses to each other. Support your argument with specific references to the play. Do not give a plot summary. Whew! That's a lot of information to sift through. Unfortunately, many high school and college-level writing prompts are as... read more

  LeapFrog LeapFrog LeapReader System Learn to Read 10 Book Bundle   This is an excellent resource for a beginner novice reader. The systematic reading language format gives the reader a higher level of self-confidence and raises the level of reading in small increments. It keeps the student involved and encourages him or her to learn and develop successful reading strategies and techniques.   Happy Reading!!!   www.wyzant.com/Tutors/HIE   LeapFrog LeapReader Learn to Read, Volume 1

As I have tutored over time via instant messaging, certain problems come up again and again among the students that I have taught English writing to.   As I have corrected student essays over the past few years online, I have developed this set of advice for writers with less experience.  Much of this advice is influenced by Strunk & White's and Payne, so I don't claim much originality here.   General organizational advice for essays: 1. Don’t take the reader’s attention for granted. In the introduction, use attention-getting devices, such as a set of leading questions, interesting statistics, a famous quote from a famous person, a striking assertion or claim, etc. The following sentences in the first paragraph should narrow down the topic to the more specific point made in the thesis. 2. Always put the thesis statement, or main point to be proven or explained, at the end of the first paragraph. Aim to write it as a single sentence, not two... read more

I have my own website on statistics, and I teach SAT math to gifted students (+ other math courses) at a highly reputed Test Prep Academy that charges $1,500 for its SAT program. I have access to a great amount of tutorial resources in all math courses. I don't want my students to be robots and just replicate procedures. I want them to understand what they are doing and enjoy the process. A big fan of mental math, I scored 99th percentile in GMAT, GRE and SAT math sections. When you'll work with me, you'll see that I do most of the problems in my head without using paper or calculator. A large % of the SAT/ACT/GMAT/GRE math problems can be done in your head if you know the techniques. However, neither the prep books, nor the school text books teach math that way. Encouraged by some students, I have started writing my own math problem solution book on SAT, ACT, GRE and GMAT. As our DNA is more wired to catch things visually than it does any other way, I want you to draw... read more

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