Search

Blogs Blogs

Newest Most Active

Hi: I get a lot of requests from parents to help their school-age children with their reading. It is important for parents to know that many public school classrooms today are over-crowded with sometimes 35 to 40 students per class. It is extremely difficult for teachers to give individual attention to any one student. That said, you can help your child to be a better reader at home without a lot of expense.  First, get a library card from your local library. Have the librarian show you where the 'Early Reader' books are kept. They are usually grouped together in the children's section. Next, the librarian can show you 'Leveled Readers' which are books, usually marked with a number, that are written for different levels. Example: Level 1 (first grade), Level 2 (second grade), Level 3 (third grade) and so on. Focus first on getting your child books that match their grade. Pick out about three books and it's ok to let your child pick.  Next, (here's the important part,)... read more

Teleconferencing has really taken off in recent years in a positive way in just about every field of business you can think of, even in medicine. I am actually surprised that with online tutoring being around for quite some time more people have not caught on to how advantageous it is to get 1-on-1 virtual help in academics can truly be. Here are 7 benefits you can experience with Online Tutoring: 1. Availability Geography isn’t a limitation for online tutors, and neither, generally, is time. If you’ve ever tried to deal with the restrictions of finding a tutor who is local, proficient in the subject you need help in, can provide good assessments and progress reporting, and can meet according to your schedule, you should be able to appreciate this immediately.  2. Selection When searching for online tutors you are much more likely to have a wider selection to choose from, which allows you to be more discerning. In addition, the broader selection also... read more

One of my clients purchased the rights to add animation to their listing of email clients. No problem, sort of. The animation program that had to be used was one called Animatron. I had never herd of the program but the client is, you guessed it, always right. Therefore, as part of my job to answer the needs of my client, I had a four day window to learn the program. New things happen and one must adapt quickly. The tip here is, understand that there are like things that appear in different computer programs, that make cross platform learning easier, than one might think at first glance.

I am a tutor, a retired, currently certified State of Illinois teacher, K-9, with a current LBS-1 Illinois State teacher endorsement to teach special education.  I believe that I am responsible for the quality and effectiveness of the lessons that I prepare.  This commitment pledges me to hours of serious preparation of lessons that meet the educational needs of my students, offering them significant steps for attaining their goals through lessons designed to be interesting to the student, strengthening their enjoyment of the learning process.

Folks, I have been out of the tutoring game for a few years for numerous reasons - moving, demands at my day job, grad school, all sorts of things.   Wait - grad school? Yes, I am pursuing an MBA at Fitchburg State University. It has been a long haul but I am in the final stretch and will graduate in May 2019. I hope to get back into tutoring after June. Yes, I need a break. A long week at the beach is in order.   Many apologies to the families and students who have contacted me over the last couple of years. I was unavailable but will be again soon.

Welcome to the NEW Series 7        FINRA has introduced a new licensing structure for people entering finance. The new structure brings on new challenges and possibly an alternative method for evaluating new candidates. For the first time, the new Series 7 encompasses a prerequisite SIE exam that can be taken prior to being employed by a FINRA Broker-Dealer. This SIE exam tests your basic Securities Industry Knowledge and will have a passing score of 70%. Your score on this exam will most likely be a part of the application process and will be compared to other candidates. The “old “ way of studying for the Series 7 with just the goal of just passing and not worrying about your score is likely a thing of the past. You will need to have a more solid understanding of the material and the basic inner workings of Broker-Dealers. How well you do on the SIE should give the hiring manager an idea of how easily you will pass the Series 7 top off exam once you... read more

On vacation in Mexico? Attempting to hold a conversation with a Spanish-speaking in-law? Have you already been living here for years? EVERY language has its "common mistakes foreigners make when trying to speak it". Avoid these 3 VERY embarrassing mistakes while speaking Spanish... 1. Number one on my list would have to be the very common mistake in translating the English word, "preservatives". In Spanish you should NOT say, "preservativos"!!! Unless of course you meant to say, "condoms"... CORRECT TRANSLATION: "conservantes" or "aditivos". 2. What would you guess is the Spanish word for, "embarrassed"? "Embarazado"? Not quite, because this word means, "pregnant male"! CORRECT TRANSLATION: "apenado/a" or "avergonzado/a". 3. "Estoy caliente" said Julie, as she took her jacket off at her fiancé's family reunion in Guadalajara, Mexico... read more

This is the one question I ask the most when students' grades are starting to go downhill: Are you getting enough sleep? Current research shows that middle school students should get 9 - 12 hours and teenagers should get 8 - 10 hours of sleep each night. This is very important for proper functioning of the brain. Sleep is also when the things we learn are locked into our memory.   Make sure you children are eating healthy meals and getting plenty of sleep. These are the best things you, as a parent, can do to ensure they are performing at their best.   Most Students Need More Sleep

Writing often feels like you have to be a wordsmith and come up with your ideas clearly and expertly from the jump. This isn't true! If you're a college or high school student, I want you to know that writing well is a skill that takes time. Here are some tips that can help you get started with your essay. 1) Simple Language Is The Best Language.  Something that a lot of writing students do is “over-complicate” their sentences. Students make mistakes like creating really long sentences or using extremely flowery words. These are signs of a student who believes that this is what makes good writing. However, the reality is that the more concise your sentence is, the more powerful your point. This often leaves your sentences with simpler, clearer, and more basic language. If you find that you tend to do this in your own writing, it could be a sign that you may need someone to help flesh out what you’re really trying to say or get a deeper understanding of your... read more

Chelsea L. has posted new feedback on your profile: Immediately Heera aproached us with a friendly and warm greeting and introduction. Her interaction with my daughter was natural, nurturing and informative. It’s obvious Heera is well versed with children knowing the right amount of interest, security and instruction to provide. My daughter (and older son that was present) was very comfortable and receptive to Heera. We are excited to move forward with tutoring services and building a relationship with Heera!    Reviews like these help us and create an inspiration to give more of what it takes to promote success and excellence. Happy Learning!!!

It is difficult to to teach science subjects specially math , physics , chemistry , biology , but if you can understand student condition about understanding a lesson you can handle that . To make a student to apply what they learn you must not give them any chance to become only theoretical concept but some practical data on that, We have to make sure student by asking these questions like 1 Is there anything you confront you cant think ? 2 Is there anything you face in reading you cant add up ? 3 Is there anything you cant match with what you learn before ? 4 Is there anything you read or did that never make any sense to you ? 5 Is there anything you did in the procedure that data have no good use ? 6 Is there any data that have conflicts with any standard texts 7 Is there any thing for considering knowing good about the subject ? 8 Is there anything that will prevent others for learning this subjects ? 9 Is there anything that you think the... read more

If your son or daughter is complaining of bordom,bring them to the library! At the end of the school year,many public libraries have Summer reading programs.In some cases they include: reading contests with prizes, author appearances and even book character dressup contests. Many libraries offer programs for older students as well, such as bookclubs.  Help to ppreserve your child's educational gails last year and possibly, help them to get ahead. Parents might be tempted to see these programs as just an opportunity to get them out of the house for a few hours. But they also serve to support your child's education. When you pick them up in the afternoon, remember to ASK QuESTIONS about what they did and learned. This helps them process the day, and keeps you informed and involved.Another benefit of reading circles in the library is, the friendships your child will undoubtedly develop, that likely will tranfer to the next school year. (For those who read my previous post about Summer... read more

Any body else notice the multitude of errors in the C programming test? Here are a few:   Error 1: scanning a character data type using String data type. Error 2: not terminating scanf with semicolon. Error 3: scanning in the memory addresses with the & symbol, however the data is not initialized on the float data type so the compiler may or may not assign a memory address. This error may just be considered bad programming practice instead of an error but regardless there won’t be anything there.

I have been tutoring a first grader who moved here from Israel recently, in reading. It was challenging at first because she could not read at all, having left Israel just as she would have started learning there (but in Hebrew). But she and I kept at it, starting with sight words and some phonics and playing reading and words games together and then from one lesson to the next, she started reading! This was so exciting for me to see; it was like a light bulb came on suddenly, and it was just her time to learn!! She even got 2 awards at her school, one as student of the month for most improved reader and then student of the year as most improved reader!  I'm so proud of her!

My Cancellation Policy I value my time spent teaching, and your time spent learning. To facilitate the scheduling of lessons, I use the following cancellation policy: Cancellation Policy for Students: If a student wishes to cancel the lesson, she/he must provide notice at least 8-24 hours prior to the beginning of the lesson. If a student cancels the lesson between 8 and 4 hours in advance, a cancellation fee of up to 35% of the lesson cost may be assessed. If a student cancels the lesson between 4 and 2 hours in advance, a cancellation fee of up to 50% of the lesson cost may be assessed.   If a student cancels less than 2 hours in advance, a cancellation fee of up to 85% of the lesson cost may be assessed. If a student arrives to a lesson late, the lesson cost will include the time missed by the student. If a student arrives to a lesson more than 15 minutes late, I may consider the lesson cancelled without... read more

Chances are, your children came home with Summer reading lists and/or worksheet packets. As a parent, you might be tempted to feel frustrated or angry over what looks like and attempt to hijack your child's/ family's Summer. Hold off on that conclusion for just a second please. Research states that children lose on adverage:2.6 months of Math skills, 2months of reading skills. On adverage,teachers spend six weeks,"reteaching loat" material. Those packets serve as prevention tools.      Parents can save their child(ren)'s Summer with time management. Implementing a one hour,"studyhall" for your children in the morning, gives them the rest of the day to play. It also give your children ample time to complete ther assignments without last minute chaos. With a little planning and consistency, you can save your child(ren)'s education and the family vacation as well. Have a great Summer!

Who hasn't felt it? The pressure? The overbearing presence of the silent room as you sit there staring at a computer screen or paper, just trying to get your brain to function. It's panic. Fear. Terror. And it's one of the worst feelings. Afterward comes the blame. Knowing the information and losing it in that moment.   I know that feeling, but there are tons of techniques out there to help you. Lots of different little things. Like breathing deeply. Not everything is going to work for everyone, but let me go through two of my favorite.   Scent cues. It may seem silly but a lot of memory is tied to scent. So, wear the same perfume or cologne when you study as when you go for the test and save it just for class. Then when you start to panic, sniff your wrist. See if tying the memory to scent helps you remember, the physical action of sniffing can help break the tension too, not everyone works that way, but it's worth a try.   Alright. On to my... read more

1 2 3 4 5

Blogs RSS feed