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Since Banned Books Week happens in mid-September each year, I'd like to talk today about the problem with banning books. Last year, my Bring Your Own Book club's topic for September was to read a banned or challenged book. We had a great discussion during our meeting about common threads in all of the books we read, common reasons why books get challenged, and how that relates to the education system in general. One of the things that kept coming up was that often, the reason the book was challenged is the entire point of the book itself – of course it deals with that; that's the main theme of the book! Whether it's The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Looking For Alaska depicting kids smoking, drinking, and doing drugs, or it's The Giver depicting a fundamentally broken society masquerading as a utopia (psst – that's the definition of the genre – it's a dystopia!), or even a gorgeous picture book called “And Tango Makes Three” telling a true story about a pair of male penguins who... read more

No one likes to mess up, but going to great lengths to avoid errors - even when the consequences of making an error are benign - is unlikely to help you learn. In fact, in her review of the literature, Janet Metcalfe makes a compelling argument that making errors while learning - so long as you receive corrective feedback - results in better outcomes than making no errors at all. Her findings are somewhat counterintuitive. If the goal is to perform flawlessly in high-stakes situations, shouldn't we pursue perfection in order to prepare for them? Early theorists feared that the commission of errors would make it harder to learn the correct response later on. One of the most famous psychologists of the 20th century, Albert Bandura, believed that only correct responses should be rewarded; errors, if they occurred, should be ignored. However, what Metcalfe's review of the literature suggests is that errors should be encouraged as part of an active exploratory learning process,... read more

Let's derive the equation sin2x + cos2x=1 from the pythagorean formula.   A right triangle with angle x will have a leg that is adjacent to angle x and it will have a leg that is opposite to angle x.  There will also be a hypotenuse.   From trigonometry, a right triangle with a given angle x,  can defined as follows: adjacent/hypotenuse=cosx opposite/hypotenuse=sinx   Following is the pythagorean identity for our right triangle: adjacent2 + opposite2=hypotenuse2   If we divide the above equation by hypotenuse2, we have:   (adjacent2 + opposite2=hypotenuse2)/hypotenuse2 or  adjacent2/hypotenuse2 + opposite2/hypotenuse2=1   Substitute in sinx and cosx into the above equation:   cos2x+sin2x=1   Can you derive the other two Pythagorean trigonometric identities?   cot2x + 1=csc2x tan2x  + 1=sec2x   Hint:... read more

The journal Science has recently published a meta-analysis of numerous long-term studies examining the correlation between high GRE scores and the quality of work done by graduate students once they are enrolled in doctoral (and in some cases) master degree programs. The researchers--professors of Education at several universities have included there is no evidence that there is a relationship between a high GRE score and "successful" work in grad school; in this case, successful means contributing meaningful, thoughtful, and original work in response to assignments, whether they be short research projects or doctoral dissertations. Another study, in fact, has found a correlation between receiving high scores on the GRE and doing poorly in certain fields of study. This may seem counter-intuitive, but then, so many things are.  I'm not including a link for time limitation reasons, but the study would be easy to track down and read if you insert the appropriate descriptors... read more

If the lesson needs to be cancelled or rescheduled, please inform me through Wyzant messaging atleast 24 hours before the lesson begins. A no-show is a student who is more than 15 minutes late. For no-show students, a cancellation fee equal to the full amount of the lesson will be assessed. If the student is going to be late to the lesson, please feel free to inform me that way I do not consider the student to be a no-show and therefore continue with the cancellation fee. 

Tiffany's  Cancellation Fees Listed Below are Cancellation policy and fees for Tiffany G. 1. If you are unable to attend a session that was scheduled, please give written notice through Wyzant 4 hours or more before start time of scheduled lesson. If done so, no charges will be applied to your account. 2. No Show: If you are more than 15 minutes late to an in person or online session, and did not communicate with me as to why before the session began or during that 15 minutes of tardiness, a charge the full cost of the session will be assesed  3. If you are late to any session, and it is not considered a no show as per my policy, the session will remain per request. There will be a charge the full amount, despite time deducted from your session (example- the session is for 5PM and you arrive at 5:10PM, the session will still end at 6PM). 4. If you have documented valid reason for not being able to attend a session (due to illness or... read more

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

How many times have I heard this: "I'm too old to learn Spanish." Or, "Only kids' brains can absorb new languages." While I would like to just say "phooey!" and leave it at that, I've come to see that adults who say such things are in one of two groups: Traumatized Former Language Students, or Victims of Ageism.   There's a problem with language education in America: we don't do it. Why is it that the average person from any African national speaks four or five languages, with no language lab, little money at the local school, and no fancy computer apps? Because the people around them speak multiple languages: It's part of the culture. But also, sadly, it's because of a history of colonialism and the predominance of English in the world. French, Urdu, English, Patois. These folks switch between numerous linguistic codes with utter facility from an early age. It's a natural part of their culture. People in Africa (and Europe) expect multilingualism... read more

Thank you for the opportunity to help you or your child achieve learning goals in English and writing. Helping others develop enthusiasm for learning as well as content-based understanding is my motivation. I am glad to be of service. I also rely on tutoring income to help meet my responsibilities. For that reason, I believe it is important to have policies around scheduling and cancellations. Scheduling I schedule students on a first-come, first-served basis, and, normally, I have students who choose to keep a regular appointment or two each week. However, I also have some students who schedule as needed. Those students need to be flexible as my availability may shift from week to week. All appointments are a minimum of one hour in length. To schedule an appointment please contact me at John.Turnbull@wyzant.com.  Cancellations If you must cancel an appointment, please contact me at least six hours prior to your scheduled lesson. Appointments cancelled after... read more

          When planning to train for any kind of test preparation, most people assume that the best strategy is to gradually schedule more frequent tutoring as they get closer to the test date. This makes no sense. Think of the mind like a muscle. In this analogy, the first few weeks of training are slowly more strenuous, it's true. However, once you have built the foundation of skill, it's a matter of practice to increase ability in existing skill. Practice only makes perfect if you have that foundation. Otherwise, you are simply practicing your mistakes. As with any marathon, you want to perfect your skill, practice like crazy to build stamina, and then back off as you get closer to the event to ensure you are rested and ready.           Test prep works in exactly the same way. Instead of cramming before the test, leaving yourself wired and tired, distracted and unable to focus, the best... read more

It's not controversial to aver that procrastination is bad. Most would agree without giving it a second thought. But what about procrastination is so harmful, and why do we procrastinate when we readily agree we shouldn't? When I talk about procrastination, I'm talking about delaying an important task despite knowing we will suffer as a result. Why would we do this? The problem seems to have its roots in an inability to manage emotions, and from an overweighting of short-term benefits over long-term costs. In a landmark 1997 study, Dianne Tice and Roy Baumeister rated college students on an established scale of procrastination, then tracked their academic performance, stress, and general health throughout the semester. Initially the procrastinators reported lower levels of stress, presumably because they were enjoying more pleasurable activities in lieu of the work they should have been doing. By the end of the semester, however, the procrastinators earned lower... read more

Listed Below are Cancellation policy and fees for Neha S.   1. If you are unable to attend a session (in person or online) that was scheduled, please give written notice through Wyzant 12 hours or more before start time of scheduled lesson. If done so, no charges will be applied to your account.   2. No Show: If you are more than 15 minutes late to a session (in person or online) and did not communicate to me that you are going to be late before the session began or during that 15 minutes of tardiness, I will charge the full cost of the session and it is your responsibility to schedule another session and any other session will be charged as per my rate regardless of this missed session.   3. If you are late to any session but it is not considered a no show as per my policy, we can continue the session, you will be charged the full amount, but the time will be deducted from your session (Ie. if the session is for 5PM and you arrive at 5:10PM,... read more

If English is your second language and you would like another pair of eyes to review your final research paper prior to submission, please contact me. I'm available online, via email, and for those graduate students located in Central Florida, in person. I've assisted many nursing professionals, whose second language is English, to achieve an A on a final research project. My experience includes reviewing papers written for online graduate courses, papers written in group collaboration, rough drafts (minimum 5 pages with draft in-text citations and draft bibliography, plus copies of supporting research articles), and final research papers. I can consult with you at any stage during your research and writing process. I've even helped students breakthrough challenges such as writer's block and brainstormed ideas for research projects!   Sometimes writers feel overwhelmed and I can help by reviewing the professor's rubric, writing assignment criteria, and any email... read more

Hello students! Like everyone, I myself have struggled to learn Japanese Kanji. It's really difficult. There's so many parts, readings, and often meanings differ depending on how the character is used. Here are some tips for learning Kanji.   Learn Kanji through RADICAL           Radicals are the different parts of a kanji character. Instead of memorizing each character one by one, memorize them radical groups. For example, learn all of the kanji with the radical 日 (nichi/hi). The group would include characters such as 明(あさ)、曜(よう)、and 書(か). This trick will also help you in reading kanji you haven't seen before.        2. Use flashcards to label things around your house          You can do the same thing with vocabulary. This time label flashcards with the kanji on the front and the reading and meaning on the back. Then tap them to the... read more

Hi Guys,  I'm new to Wyzant, so I thought I'd give a quick python demo..Diving right in..    Python is an object oriented (OO) language however doesn't enforce this paradigm... Pop open a terminal/shell and type the word python..     Users/Mike$ python  <enter>  C:/  Python <enter>   >>> # If python is installed you will see three angle brackets like so... You're can now simply start writing python code..  >>> # This is a comment in python  -->prefixed by hashtag or the pound symbol   >>>  >>> x = 5    >>>x  5    >>> x + 2  7    >>> x * 2  10    >>> x ** 2   # x squared   25    >>> x / 2    # python 2.x  --> 3 .  python 3.x  --... read more

In a recent front page Chicago Tribune article (May 21, 2017), “Are college prep classes failing to prepare kids?,” investigators examined the relationship between high school class rigor and preparation for college, based upon ACT scores. They found startling differences between students taking only mainstream (“college-prep”) courses and students taking AP and honors courses, often 8-10 point differences in math scores on the ACT, 25 v. 33 for example, at several high schools. A more compelling analysis would have explored the relationship between high school class rigor and success in college, including persistence to graduation. Nevertheless, there is undoubtedly some correlation between class rigor in high school and college success, partly because of the skills and knowledge students acquire in AP classes, partly because AP classes attract more highly motivated students who will work extra hard to succeed in college. What I have learned first-hand from tutoring... read more

Nursing school is much tougher than you think when you first start in a program. Often it can be an overwhelming experience - the exams are very different than you've previously taken. These exam questions are at a higher level - application of knowledge. Very little of the exams are direct recall/knowledge type questions. My tutoring sessions are intended to help nursing students understand concepts and apply this knowledge to nursing based questions. Please contact me if you are struggling and need extra help with application or NCLEX style exam questions. I am excited to help students through their nursing school journey!

Know the strengths and weakness of the student in the particular subject area. Highlight their strength and help them overcome weaknesses Show interest in what students are doing academically outside of tutoring Re-affirm them and let them know that you are proud of them when they get a concept that was once confusing to them. Give students breaks as needed, recognize when they are tired. Listen to students and provide the best service you can

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