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Tutoring is always fun when the student gets to make activity choices as we go along. I make tutoring fun by planning activities that strengthen the Reader and that makes them interested. Tutoring is fun with social praise and teacher input that motivates them. Tutoring sessions are fun when you know the student wants the end of session token reinforcement. Tutoring can be even more fun if you have some surprise end of session token reinforcement, like candy or small prizes that go with the holiday season or with the mastering of a certain goal at the end of a school year.

Tutoring is always fun when the student gets to make activity choices as we go along. I make tutoring fun by planning activities that strengthen the Reader and that makes them interested. Tutoring is fun with social praise and teacher input that motivates them. Tutoring sessions are fun when you know the student wants the end of session token reinforcement. Tutoring can be even more fun if you have some surprise end of session token reinforcement, like candy or small prizes that go with the holiday season or with the mastering of a certain goal at the end of a school year.

PSY 101 for Chess To Begin – The attempt to better understand Chess, the human mind, and the world at large is attained incrementally by the evolution of various theories. Trying on and testing out a given perspective in chess or psychology can be enlightening. By conducting our own experiments, we can see for ourselves if the understanding of our own mind or the great game of chess is enhanced by a particular vantage point. Fortunately, for us humans, it is our personal experience that will tell us if a theory of mind or approach to understanding chess is rewarding. When we find a perspective that seems to agree with our idiosyncratic selves and proves of value in our laboratory testing at clubs, skittles and tournaments, it should be further explored, developed and perhaps evolved. By example, in chess, a hypermodern approach opines that you need not occupy the center as paramount to winning the game. Instead, as Nimzowitsch maintained, indirect influence of the... read more

These days I'm having so much fun living the dream!  While doing phone interpretations today in Spanish/English and allowing my latest intern Alaina to shadow me (a whole new way to look at tutoring), she asked:  "When we're listening to the clients, I still don't always know what they're saying?  When did you finally start just getting it when you were interpreting?"   I shared with her, smiling, that my first in person interpretation was ROUGH.  But to answer her question more directly, from my 20 years experience vantage point, I couldn't remember exactly HOW I finally got over the hump.    As I thought back, I could remember that it has a lot to do with smiling, laughing, being personable, and LOVING THE PEOPLE AND CULTURE you are interpreting.  I also recommend finding a close friend (and perhaps even better boyfriend/girlfriend) to get to know up close in your target language.    The most important... read more

The reconciliation feature in QuickBooks is a very powerful tool, but my experience has been that the majority of users aren't utilizing its features effectively. In addition, the most common usage of this feature is to reconcile bank statements, but it can also be used to reconcile other accounts as well. Starting a reconciliation is relatively easy, but the reconciliation window that appears after you click on Continue has some features that may not be all that obvious. The first feature is the fact that every column in the reconciliation window can be sorted simply by clicking once on the column heading. If you want the sort in reverse order, click on the column heading a second time. This is especially useful if the bank statement lists cleared checks separately from all other transactions. Click on the Ref# column so the transactions are listed by number and reconcile those. Then click on the Date column so that the entries match the rest of the transactions listed... read more

Did you Know: We can use generators/coroutines in place of multi-threading? Most of us don't think twice about the simple for loop or how it works. Why should we? Is there anything behind it? How does it work? Let's take a look behind the scenes. Python's for loop is really a for each loop (for each element in collection). msg = "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" If we want to traverse the string above to produce each letter one by one, we simply treat this string like any other sequence in python. for letter in msg:     print letter 'T h e q u i c k b r o w n .... lazy dog... Outcomes our string one letter at a time to the standard output. So what is the for loop actually doing for us? Just as you would assume, as if we were to consume an iterator manually. iterator = iter(msg) iterator.next() T iterator.next() h iterator.next() e ...iterator... read more

April 2016   Featured Local Gospel Artist - The Victory Choral Ensemble   The Victory Choral Ensemble was formed by members who had been a part of the Victory Choral Union, under the leadership of the father of Gospel, the late Thomas A Dorsey. The new group became the Victory Choral Ensemble, and united with Rev. James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of America. Founded in 1967 by Rev. James Cleveland and Albertina Walker, the GMWA is an annual convention that brings together people who love gospel music from around the world and from many faiths. Thousands of members met for a week long gathering of classes, outreach, musical services, showcases, exhibits and seminars. GMWA participants sing in one of the various music outlets such as the National Mass Choir and the James Cleveland Gospel Chorus. The Victory Choral Ensemble has ministered with many gospel greats including the late Rev. James Cleveland, Pastor Shirley Caesar and Evang. Dorothy... read more

March 2016  The Savettes   The Savettes of Philadelphia continues to sing under the anointing for over 60 years. They are the epitome of excellence in singing praises to God, being known for their renditions of the great hymns of the church. They began as a small group of friends who gathered together to fellowship in members’ homes. At one of those meeting the Spirit of God fell upon them and ordained them to sing with power, strength and a strong commitment to God’s Word. The Savettes ministry has extended to churches, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, and wherever God’s people are in need. They have ministered with many gospel greats including Mahilia Jackson, the Hawkins Family and the late Rev. James Cleveland. If they can do it, you can do it too!

February 2016  Featured Local Gospel Artist  Yolanda F. Foreman and TIC   Yolanda F Foreman and the Tabernacle Interdenominational Choir is a multi-generational community based choir which was established in January 2004. Musical Director Yolanda Foreman is a Bancroft Program Associate by trade. She was educated at Overbrook High School, Temple University, and Cabrini College. Foreman established the choir known as TIC with a vision to endeavor to become an interdenominational choir family that breaks denominational barriers, while striving to have a close personal relationship with Christ. Their primary goal is to magnify God’s name through the gift of song. TIC’s revenues from their first live recording will be used to establish a TIC Scholarship Fund for matriculating high school seniors pursuing higher education. The choir has ministered to youth, young adults, and grown ups alike at various churches and events throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding... read more

January 2016  Featured Local Gospel Artist Wilmington-Chester Mass Choir   The award-winning Rev. Ernest Davis Jr.’s legendary Wilmington-Chester Mass choir is comprised of singers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Their 1988 debut “Victory Shall Be Mine” (Sweet Rain Records), yielded hits like “Ride on King Jesus” and “Sovereign”. After the death of Rev. Davis Jr. in 1991, Inner City Communications radio executive Chris Squire took over the 30+year old choir and kept it alive. The choir celebrated winning 2 stellar awards recently as Choir of the Year and Traditional Choir of the Year. They have been nominated multiple times, winning their first two Stellar awards in 1992 for Song of the Year “He’s Preparing Me”, which spent over 70 weeks on Billboard Magazine Gospel Charts, and won Choir of the Year for that same recording. If they can do it, you can do it too!   By: Nikita  

Here is an example of a listening activity which I created for a French 2 Honors class. It's based on a youtube video taken from the popular French soap opera Plus Belle la Vie.  Listening Activity for “Plus Belle la Vie”-Asking for & granting a favor Écoute à la vidéo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guNCo4L206A jusqu’à (00:53). Essaie de déterminer, avec un partenaire : 1). Où sont-ils ? 2.) The man says to Frémont : « Dites à Léo qu’il me manque. » Qui est Léo ? 3.) What favor does the man ask Frémont for next ? (*Hint: He gives an affirmative command). 4.) Does Frémont agree to help him? Which phrase does he use to grant his favor or make an excuse? *Question Supplémentaire : Quel est le rapport entre Frémont et l’homme avec les cheveux noir ? Quelles phrases t’en faire penser ?    

Here is a sample proofreading checklist which I created for one of my English Language Learner (ELL) students. It is not an exhaustive list, because it is targeted to her most frequent errors.    Proofreading Checklist Did I check… 1. Spelling ?  Microsoft Office Spelling and Grammar check? ? Spelling of proper nouns (specific people, places, things?) ? Example: President Barack Obama 2. Grammar ? Circle all the verbs? ? Check subject/verb agreement? ? Check the verb: o Tense o Spelling 3. Sentence Structure   ? Correct any sentences that are too long? o Add a good variety of short and long sentences? 4. Punctuation ? Put a box around each punctuation mark? ? Check apostrophes? o They should be for possessives (show ownership) or in place of a letter ? Example?: That is Joe's essay. ? Example2 : It’s (It is) a nice day. ? Commas... read more

Functional Language: Agreeing and Disagreeing These examples are all informal. So, we would use them in every-day conversation and informal e-mails and texts, NOT in academic or business writing. They are all things we say in response to another person’s statement. to agree-(verb): to have the same opinion Agreeing: 1. That’s very true! 2. …I agree with you there. 3. Yes, I know EXACTLY what you mean! 4. I thought so. a. OR: b. I THOUGHT so! 5. AbsoLUTEly! (Absolutely!) 6. Yeah, I’m not surprised… to disagree-(verb): to have a different opinion; to fail to agree Disagreeing: 1. Yes, but don’t you think… 2. I agree with you, BUT… 3. Yes, but on the other hand… 4. I don’t see it quite like that. 5. You MUST be JOKING! 6. No, DEFINITELY not! 7. I don’t think so… 8. I don’t beLIEVE it! (I don’t believe it!) 9. Come ON! Sources: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s... read more

Functional Language: Agreeing and Disagreeing These examples are all informal. So, we would use them in every-day conversation and informal e-mails and texts, NOT in academic or business writing. They are all things we say in response to another person’s statement. to agree-(verb): to have the same opinion Agreeing: 1. That’s very true! 2. …I agree with you there. 3. Yes, I know EXACTLY what you mean! 4. I thought so. a. OR: b. I THOUGHT so! 5. AbsoLUTEly! (Absolutely!) 6. Yeah, I’m not surprised… to disagree-(verb): to have a different opinion; to fail to agree Disagreeing: 1. Yes, but don’t you think… 2. I agree with you, BUT… 3. Yes, but on the other hand… 4. I don’t see it quite like that. 5. You MUST be JOKING! 6. No, DEFINITELY not! 7. I don’t think so… 8. I don’t beLIEVE it! (I don’t believe it!) 9. Come ON! Sources: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s... read more

Here is a review exercise which I created specifically for one of my elementary reading students. It enhances comprehension, and also perfects the sub-skill of scanning a text for specific information.    Mr. Popper’s Penguins Book Review, Chapters 1-5 Directions: 1. Read the sentence to yourself. 2. Read the sentence aloud. 3. Find the sentence in the chapter. Write the chapter number and page. 4. Tell me, in your words, what was happening in the chapter. 5. Write 1-2 sentences about what was happening in the chapter. Example: In the pleasant little city of Stillwater, Mr. Popper, the house painter, was going home from work. -Chapter 1, page 3 -Mr. Popper and his family live in Stillwater. His job is to paint houses. • “How he [Mr. Popper] wished he had been a scientist, instead of a house painter in Stillwater, so that he might have joined some of the great Polar expeditions.” -Chapter , page - •... read more

Having expelled from the Republic "the poetry that aims at pleasure and imitation," Socrates provides for the ban's possible repeal, saying "we'll allow its defenders to speak in prose on its behalf and show that it is beneficial both to constitutions and to human life" (607d). Why does Socrates expel poetry? What kind of defense could make him change his mind? Does Aristotle's discussion in the Poetics provide such a defense, or the components for one, and does the defense succeed in showing that poetry is beneficial? The repeated mistaken moral judgments, ingested from cultural slogans, can, nearly every ancient thinker insists, lead one down a very dark path whose terminus ad quem is, in extreme cases, irrevocable pathology. Both the Greek and Roman Stoics understand their cultures as a source of corruption in virtue of the images that these cultures impress onto the soul of potentially good agents. We receive our culture’s impressions in a way similar... read more

It's not too late! I can help you organize and interpret a semester (or year) of material, and will work with you to maximize your study time. I have tutored science and mathematics students for over seven years, and will offer the necessary assistance and preparation required in the crucial days before finals. I live less than a mile from UConn, and can meet for a few hours or several sessions, individually or in a group, online and in person, so contact me soon!      

In working with other company's QuickBooks records, I have noticed that many users record all sources of income as Customers and all payees of expenses as Vendors. Although that method may seem to be sufficient, QuickBooks has a feature that is often underutilized - the Other Names List. First, let's consider Vendors. QuickBooks was designed so that when a company receives a Bill from a Vendor, the bill can be recorded against the vendor and QuickBooks will track unpaid Bills as Accounts Payable. When the Bill is paid, then the balance in Accounts Payable is reduced. This is especially helpful for businesses that want to track their outstanding liabilities. But there are often many expenses that a business may incur that it will never receive a Bill for. For instance, an employee on a business trip may use a company credit card to purchase gasoline for a rental vehicle, pay tolls and parking, eat meals in various restaurants, and stay overnight in a hotel. A sole... read more

Electra, 1395ff Would that you come to me as a releaser/arbitrator of my care, Zeus, Zeus, as an avenger of my father among Superlatively shameful bloodlines. Having brought his wandering to the foot of Argos Having taken this from my crater, In order that I will utter a shout with gloomy lamentations for my father; Wailing, singing, dark Haides, father, for you. Beneath earth I sing the laments With hich I cry the whole day I pour out, for my beloved Cutting the neck with a fingernail And with hand against razor-shorn head Putting it down for your death. [in what way then does someone, after he distinguishes correctly, discern them? By wealth? By what is depraved does he then use his judgement. By those possessing nothing? But poverty possesses disease, And it causes a man to learn evil by external need. But having come to arms do you go? Who yet toward spear looking As a witness would become... read more

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