These six steps help students find a clear path toward solving word problems, and checking their answers for accuracy. 1. Draw a picture
2. Identify the objective -- i.e., make sure you understand the question, so you can move toward the solution
3. Identify the available data
4. Write an expression
As a tutor, I believe it is so important to endow your students with strategies that will make them successful. Figure out what works best for them. With my students, as we go through the homework I try and keep track of what is working and what is not and I try and make them aware of it as well. If a student does better by rewriting the question on a separate sheet of paper and writing in bigger, then do it. Geometry is especially challenging for some of my students because the tiny drawings are ridiculous. Re-do it! Grab colors! Markers! Highlighters! Pens! Anything that you might need to make yourself successful. Math is the sum of its parts. If something seems complicated, break it down. Break it down into manageable parts. Do not get bogged down because it's asking you for 6 different answers to the same diagram. Take it one step at a time. If flashcards work for you to help memorize names of concepts, use them!
Another strategy I use with my students is to...
Online tutoring is definitely a great thing not only to take, but to teach. It allows you to be flexible with your schedule, you don't have to leave your home, and you save money on gas! However, there can be some downsides to online tutoring.
If you live with family, there can be distractions and background noise
You may not be technologically savvy
You may find some students would prefer tutoring in a face-to-face setting
Even despite these setbacks, WyzAnt's online tutoring platform is an amazing way to interact with students. Here are some solutions to these issues:
Make sure you have a designated "tutoring room" or quiet time during tutoring hours. Living with family, especially children, can be difficult. However, letting others know that you need silence, or having a designated room where there is little to no family traffic can help improve the quality of the session.
Even if you are not technologically savvy, WyzAnt offers a...
The most requested tutoring subject is MATH! Many students struggle with math (algebra, geometry, calculus) because there is no easy way to learn it. It is nice to have someone to break it down for you and talk you through your problems. But, what happens when you do not have your tutor next to you?!?!
PANIC?! OF COURSE NOT!
Although it is my duty for you to have a firm grasp on the math concepts, I may not always be there when you need me (of course, I will always try =)). What I used as a math student and what I use as a math tutor is a study "cheat-sheet" guide. I would make my own cheat sheets that broke down steps and had formulas with explanations of what each variable meant. This was a HUGE HELP when learning new concepts or having to remember old concepts for a final exam.
As you continue to learn new concepts, you add it to your cheat sheet. These should be very short blurbs like a formula or a short example of the problem...
As a parent or even a tutor looking to get the best and be the best of the best I often ask, "What makes my tutoring so special?"
As tutors, I believe we all strive to take tutoring to another level so I decided to share what I do.
I do not merely teach students in a specific subject, instead I help students to become independent thinkers. Over time I equip students with the resources to develop enough critical thinking skills so that I simply become an advisor or academic coach, helping to guide my students in their academic quest.
Therefore I believe a tutor is a coach whose goal is motivate students to become independent thinkers and effective math problem solvers.
My Tutoring Process
My strong education background and Christian values has influenced my tutoring process. My tutoring sessions employ the use of research based strategies to help students to understand the standards they are required to master for their grade level...
Between ACT and SAT preparation, strategies may differ in some specific ways, yet the overall objective is the same: build confidence, reduce time, improve accuracy.
Confidence ... why? Does confidence matter?
Yes! Here's why --
1 - Neurochemically. Confidence lets us give the thinking brain its proper attention. When we feel anxious or otherwise flooded with emotion, the stress / alert chemicals actually interfere with cognition.
2 - Cognitively. Confidence lets us assess competing options more effectively, in order to identify and take calculated risks while avoiding impulsivity.
3 - Intuitively. Confidence provides feedback to let us know when we are appropriately prepared. When we feel a lack of confidence, the feeling, itself, indicates that we have overlooked something important. When we have fully prepared and are sure we have done so, the feeling of confidence...
Oh, voila! I feel so smart and timely. Today I invented a new word — “incognition” — which rose to my mind when I considered those things I most enjoy teaching, as well as the teasing comments my students make when asked to describe our class.
I felt pleased that my new word evokes (1) the idea of intuition, which in scientific thinking refers not to the sort of unconscious — unconscientious — flashes of information which come to us unbidden, usually from a set of perceptions we don’t notice, or from a logical association we follow without being aware of it — but refers instead to a set of skills which must be deliberately, meticulously, self-critically developed; … (2) metacognition, which I try very hard to teach my students; and … (3) a feeling of playfulness, the joy I feel when my students gleefully tease me about how when they signed up for this class, they thought they were going to study biology and, instead, they are learning about things like...
I like to get to know my students and find out what they like to do for fun. Then I relate that to what we are studying. I make up games to help the information stick. And speaking of sticking...I LOVE to use Post-Its! They make everything bright and we are able to use color association for certain parts of the lesson. Music always helps, so I find some classical Mozart to get the "brain juices" flowing! The most common technique I utilize is explaining WHY we are learning this particular lesson. What does it relate to? Why is it important in the long run? Are we going to need to know it after the test? Even if the answer to the last question is "no", we will talk about how we can use the process of studying to help ourselves in the future.
1. Relating Student Interests to the Subject
3. POST-IT Notes
5. Asking "Why?"
I have always loved to play the guitar. I have been playing since I was 9. And there's nothing more I would enjoy more than teaching students how to play the guitar. I can teach basic music from all of the basic chords to teaching how to play finger-style music from finger-picking, all-finger strumming, and so much more patterns and rhythms.
Teaching the basics for me is teaching students the 7 basic chords and how to use a pick properly. This goes along with bar chords also. That being said I want to make the student feel confident to have the basic tools to succeed.
I want the student to have the control to pick any song of their choosing that they want to learn. I have had a deep love for Spanish music since I first started playing the guitar. This will be teaching students how to finger-pick.
When I first started playing Spanish music I learned how to pick with 2 fingers, then 3, then 4 and 5. Its going to take some practice and getting use to...
A lot of student struggle with word or story problems, and in fact I was one of them. When in class always have a couple different color pens or highlighters with you. To understand what the problem is asking you need to highlight or underline what question of the problem. You also need to pick out the words or numbers in the story that are important to answering the question.
Once you pull all of the needed information you need to make a given and unknown value table. Use that table to determine the formula(s) you need to solve the equation.
I do not recommend buying anything Brother Hovind is selling, but I do encourage you to prayerfully watch what God has placed on his heart. God has used him to help me to understand a lot of things. Search "Kent Hovind" on YouTube. I recommend starting with his WOE series. Also, fast, and pray, beloved. 'The time is short'!
1. Sing a Song
It is amazing how singing a song can relieve stress as well as improve memory. Consider starting each lesson with a silly, but relevant song.
2. Offer Incentives for Meeting Tutoring Goals
Tutoring lessons are fun when students have a goal to work towards and a reward for meeting it.
3. Have a Snack
No one likes to learn on an empty stomach. Consult with parents on what snacks would be appropriate and have it there waiting for them when they come to see you. They will think you are the greatest and will be more focused on learning.
4. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Yes, it’s silly but this simple exercise when students seem to be falling asleep on you will wake them up and keep them focused.
Playing games are always fun. BINGO is a game that can be customized to any subject. Break up the monotony with a game.
As an experienced teacher of over 15 years, it's easy to recognize frustration in students. Some of that frustration is admittedly self-imposed, but let's face it; some is teacher/environment imposed. Not all students learn the same way. As a teacher and tutor, I modify my approach to meet the needs of individual students. This task can be quite daunting when you have a classroom full of 25, less than fully engaged pupils; however, when tutoring one on one or in a small group dynamic the task is quite masterfully attained.
I love teaching, I love seeing those "light bulb" moments. Successful teaching/tutoring is measured by student success and learning is gauged by how well mastery has been achieved. That's my goal.
The uniform CPA exam is regarded as one of the most difficult professional exams, with a passing rate around 50% for all of the sections. However, attaining a CPA license will give you many opportunities in your career. The requirements for the CPA license vary by state, but they all include education (150 credit hours with basically a major in accounting), examination (it is the same exam for all states), and experience (1-2 years). You need the education (or at least a couple of months away from getting it) to sit for the exam, but you do not need the experience portion to sit for the exam. The sections of the CPA are: Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR), Audit (AUD), Regulation (REG), and Business and Economic Concepts (BEC). Thankfully there are many CPA review courses that will be extremely helpful to you as you prepare. Becker is the standard in the industry (the one I used), but it also the most expensive ($3,400). There are a lot of similarities in...
Many of you that I work with soon realize that the flaw in your academic subjects is mostly because of bad study habits. I think it is important to stress as your courses get harder and grade levels progress, more active learning should be ocurring than passive learning. What is the difference between the two? Passive learning is reading a textbook, watching a movie/documentary, looking at pictures, or hearing a lecture while active learning is participating in discussion, teaching material, flashcards, testing yourself, simulating a similar experience and so forth. Really try to do active learning after you do some passive reading this way your material will sink into your head!
Good Luck and Study On!
This is advice that I always give to my students for the in-person classes that I teach. In order to excel in any subject that one is learning, it is important that you do the following:
Go to class every day. Missing classes (whether they are in-person or online) is missing opportunities to learn!
Do your homework. Complete the assignments that you are given. Instructors give assignments not to torture you, but to help reinforce what you learned in class. Remember, practice makes perfect.
Practice what you've learned everywhere that you can. This is especially important for language learners. Read, write, and speak the language that you are learning at home and work. Take the extra time to make "self-assignments" and use what you know. Practice helps you progress faster.
Keep a journal of what you learned. Learning journals are a wonderful tool as you can use them for both note-taking and motivation. Start by making a few short notes about what you...
I am a huge fan of creation science. Here are the websites I frequent the most :)
(Published in New Scientist, May 22, 2004)
The big bang today relies on a growing number of hypothetical entities, things that we have never observed-- inflation, dark matter and dark energy are the most prominent examples. Without them, there would be a fatal contradiction between the observations made by astronomers and the predictions of the big bang theory. In no other field of physics would this continual recourse to new hypothetical objects be accepted as a way of bridging the gap between theory and observation. It would, at the least, raise serious questions about the validity of the underlying theory.
But the big bang theory can't survive without these fudge factors. Without the hypothetical inflation field, the big bang does not predict the smooth, isotropic cosmic background radiation that is observed, because there would be no way for parts of the universe that are now more than a few degrees away in the sky to come to the...
Fatty Acid Metabolism
Explain how fatty acids are activated for degradation.
Fatty acid activation occurs in the _______. Beta oxidation occurs in the ____________. Explain the transport system that shuttles fatty acids between these two cellular locations.
Draw a diagram that summarizes beta oxidation.
List the substrates and products of beta oxidation.
For odd chain fatty acids, the end product is ____________ rather than acetyl-CoA. This product can be converted to _____________.
Enoyl CoA Isomerase allows beta oxidation of unsaturated fatty acids to continue by shifting the location of a _________ bond.
When does ketogenesis occur?
Draw a diagram that summarizes ketogenesis.
Where does fatty acid synthesis occur?
Describe the reactions catalyzed by each enzyme during fatty acid synthesis:
Fatty Acid Synthase
Describe the structure of glycogen.
Where is glycogen found in the body? Does it provide different physiological functions in each place?
Describe the reactions catalyzed by each of the following enzymes during glycogen catabolism:
What are the energy requirements for glycogen catabolism?
Describe the reactions catalyzed by each of the following enzymes during glycogen synthesis:
What energetically favorable hydrolysis reaction drives glycogen synthesis?
How does the body avoid a futile cycle of glycogen synthesis and metabolism.
Explain how epinephrine and glucagon regulate glycogen synthase.
Compare insulin’s effect on glycogen synthase with its effect on glycogen phosphorylase.
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