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Scheduling A regular schedule is the most successful structure for tutoring, and I offer discounts for sessions scheduled on a regular basis (see Session Fees).  I also tutor individuals who want single sessions, have irregular schedules, need immediate help, or simply are not sure.   I try to be as flexible as possible, and am usually able to stay longer than scheduled if needed. I will not charge for up to 15 minutes extra if it was not previously arranged. I offer online tutoring as well as in-person, so please let me know if you are interested in occasional online sessions to supplement regular.  If you are a regular student, please feel free to contact me outside of sessions for questions or help, at no charge if less than 20 minutes.    Session Fees All of my fees are negotiable! If you have a request please contact me before the session is scheduled.  Individual student rates for standard subjects:... read more

For my fellow Macintosh users - here's a little education about malware. If you own Macs like me, you have very little to worry about when it comes to viruses and malware. Notice I said "very little" and not "nothing" to worry about. Yes, there is malware out there that can infect OS X, but it is very rare. Plus, since OS X is based on UNIX, the only way to infect the System is by intentionally allowing the malware to be installed, which would require entering your Administrator name and password at least once. Pretty simple - if you weren't installing software or modifying a System preference of some kind, then don't enter your password. Many of my clients still worry. Clicking a link in a suspect email or visiting a malicious website can certainly open you up to infection, but using common sense should be all the protection you need. With that said, there are a couple of anti-virus/anti-malware applications for OS X out there that... read more

One feature of QuickBooks that many corporate accountants really hate is the fact that you can change almost anything you have entered in the software. Unless the entries have been locked (which I will discuss later), QuickBooks is a completely open bookkeeping software. However, the ability to make changes is not necessarily a bad thing. Let's face it. I have yet to meet a bookkeeper or any QuickBooks user (includng myself) who doesn't make mistakes. And sometimes the information you may have entered in QB is incomplete or incorrectly distributed to the wrong account. For instance, you may have found it necessary to change one or more of the following in a transaction: Amount Date Terms Bill or invoice number Purchase Order number Memo description Job or Customers an expense is to be billed to Chart of Accounts category So how do you find the transactions that need to be changed, and how do you change them? There are a number of different... read more

Thank you for the opportunity to help you/your child be successful in school. Helping others develop strong study habits and improve their knowledge and understanding is my passion. I am happy to be of service. I also rely on my tutoring income to meet my responsibilities. For that reason, I believe it is important to have clear policies around scheduling and cancellations. SCHEDULING I schedule students on a first come – first served basis. I have many students who choose to keep a regular standing appointment each week. This arrangement is the most mutually beneficial for all involved. However, I also have some students who prefer to 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 via email at Tami.Ordonez@wyzant.com.  CANCELLATIONS If you must cancel an appointment, please contact me by 2:00 PM the day prior... read more

I have been a tutor for many years. I have been an advocate for bullied kids for several years as well. But only recently did I begin to see that even tutors can offer relief to kids who are bullied, and point bystanders in a proper direction as well. The tutor's secret is really simple: we don't even have to know whether or if the students we work with are having bullying problems. All we have to know is that they sometimes exhibit the same symptoms as a bullied kid, and those symptoms can be brought on by stress. The student who needs a tutor is often dealing with stress already, because the homework isn't done, he doesn't know how to do it - not the first thing, time is running out and there's nobody to help.   When I was younger, you know how I handled that kind of stress? By hoping the problem would go away. I would go into class the next day, the teacher would relent and say "hey, this is too hard for you guys, so let's go over... read more

When it comes to processing payroll for a small business, QuickBooks Payroll provides a very powerful tool. However, setting up payroll in QuickBooks can be a daunting task because the default process is totally inadequate for many businesses, especially corporations and partnerships. By default QuickBooks only provides a couple of accounts for tracking payroll activity such as Payroll Expenses and Payroll Liabilities. But any payroll professional will tell you that tracking payroll and payroll taxes is much more complicated than that. Therefore, QuickBooks Payroll is best used if it is manually set up by the user or a qualified professional. The first step in manually setting up QB Payroll is to add the necessary accounts to the Chart of Accounts. Accounts must be added in two locations: expenses and current liabilities. Expenses in payroll include salaries and wages paid to employees and payroll taxes. Salaries and wages may have to be broken... read more

Consider reducing the following matrix to row-echelon form: 2 3 5 7 | 9 3 5 3 4 | 1 5 6 8 9 | 3 7 3 2 1 | 8 We usually would have to immediately make the 2 in row 1 column 1 equal to a 1 so we could change all the other numbers in that column to a zero in the following 3 operations of row-echelon reduction. But that would change all the other numbers in row 1 to a fraction.   If you continue changing the leading number in each row to a 1 as you descend in the row echelon process by a similar division, you end up with a nightmare of fractions. Here is how to change the 2 in row 1 to a 1 without dividing the entire row by 2. Row 1 = 3 * Row 1 - Row 3 We can replace any row by a linear combination of itself and another row in the matrix. Multiplying Row 1 by 3 changes the first column to a 6 and subtracting the 5 from row 3 changes it to a 1. We could have instead used Row... read more

As a new tutor with WyzAnt I have noticed that there a number of potential students requesting assistance in setting up QuickBooks, and this is often in addition to receiving help in learning how to use the software. Although Intuit markets QuickBooks as a bookkeeping application that even amateurs can use, there are many features that cannot be used effectively without some knowledge of bookkeeping and training. Therefore, I have decided to start a blog that will address some of the issues in setting up and using QuickBooks. In this first blog I would like to address the Chart of Accounts. As every bookkeeper knows, how a business reports its income, expenses, and financial condition is dependent on the accounts included in the Chart of Accounts and how they are structured. QuickBooks will provide a default Chart of Accounts, and the user has some control when installing the software because he has to choose what type of business he will be using the software for. However,... read more

The topic bridging sentence provides a smooth topical transition from one idea to another for the reader. It is a segue of ideas and allows for a logically relevant transition. The topic bridge sentence also challenges you as a writer to relate and connect your ideas between paragraphs in order to have a cohesive paper.Topic bridging sentences are the first sentence in body paragraphs of an essay. Approach Ask yourself: What is the main idea of the preceding body paragraph? What is the main idea of the following body paragraph? How are they related? Similar pattern/trend Share a feature Chronologically related Devices Basic Topic Bridge Sentence “In addition to <main idea from paragraph one>, such and such also was influenced/affected by <main idea from paragraph two>.” Complex Topic Bridge Sentences Connect the ideas from the two paragraphs in a more global fashion. Explain how... read more

Math is all around us. We use math to calculate the speed of the earth rotating about its axis. We use math to calculate the radius and height of a water tank to store enough water for a town. We use math to calculate the amount of carpeting material to purchase for our houses, and we use math to calculate the amount of fabric material to purchase to sew a pillowcase for our pillows. This means that you cannot run away from math. Even the dosage of painkiller medicine that your body needs depends on your weight and the use of math. I have another example of the applications of math in our everyday lives. Movie theaters like any other for-profit business, have a budget with expenses and income columns. In order for the movie theater to break even, it needs to sell a minimum amount of tickets. This movie theater needs to sell a minimum of 100 tickets as the sum of the of tickets purchased. Also it needs to make a minimum of $100 from the sum of the tickets purchased in order to break... read more

Dear Wyzant tutors,   Have you had any issues with the people whom you tutor after they have been reminded via. the WyzAnt website reminder email and they don't show up? What have you done about it? Sure, some have told me to charge them, but you'd rather tutor them, instead. In my particular situation, I have had 2 people who have been reminded 24 hours in advance of our tutoring session. Then, something comes up, or they forget. Do you folks think we should have 2 reminders be given, such as 24 hours in advance and maybe 6 or 8 hours in advance?   Take care, and be well!     Sincerely,   Steve

Writing is a skill.  Just like with any other talents--being musical, athletic, artistic, some people are just better at writing than others.  That doesn't mean you can't develop writing skills.  It just takes more practice!   Many of my weak writers are excellent at math.  I create formulas for a thesis, topic sentence, and each paragraph.  If you can remember a formula, you can write an essay.  I encourage daily reading.  The more we read, the more vocabulary and sentence structure we are exposed to.  This works its way into the brain, and enables recall when it comes time to write.   I also encourage my students to write about what they read.  We do simple things like summarizing, list questions they may have, draw or describe the setting, predict what happens next, or even come up with an alternate title for the book.  All of these things help people to become better readers, and that makes us good writers... read more

As one of our outstanding tutors was diligently tutoring one of her student’s last week, we will call him Drew; she asked him, “Which letter comes first, the C or the K?” Drew’s response was not what she expected to here….he said, “I can’t tell, they keep moving”. This is a phenomenon is common among people with dyslexia, but Jess had not personally experienced this; no one in her family and none of my students have ever spoken of this being an issue for them. When Jess’ second oldest son, we will call him Angel, was in school they found overlays to be helpful. Jess assumed that would be beneficial for moving letters as well. When she returned to the office, Jess began doing some research and sure enough, overlays are the suggested remedy for words and letter movement. Drew, who is 9, quickly wanted to tell the teacher the exciting news! His tutor had to explain to Drew that first, he needs to find out what color works best for him. Interestingly enough, different... read more

?Perhaps you are wondering, "What are all of these dys'?" Well allow me to enlighten you... they are Neurological differences in the brain that cause people to learn differently than the majority of people learn. Dyslexia is of course the most known of the 4 cousins, but they are all real. 1 in 5 people have dyslexia, 1 in 10 people have dysgraphia. All require people to learn differently than how traditional schools teach students to learn. All of these words are of Greek origin. Dys means badly. Lexia mean to write. Calculia is math and praxia are whole coordination systems. Dyslexia is a language based learning difference. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, that result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia often experience difficulties with both oral and written other language skills, such as writing, and pronouncing words and writing. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their... read more

I'm a huge fan of the novel structure known as epistolary, where the story is told through primary sources such as diaries, newspaper articles, or letters back and forth between characters. Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of my favorite examples of epistolary, as the mystery is heightened by Stoker's clever choices of whose diary to show at which point in the story. Epistolary form allows the author to strengthen the reader's immersion in the story by allowing the story itself to influence the final form the novel takes. Leave off a character's diary in a tense situation where he's about to go do something dangerous and stupid, with the cry “Goodbye all!” and then cut to someone else's diary for the next hundred pages, and you leave the reader begging to know what happened back there – did he make it out? Why are we not reading more of his diary? Is he okay? Tell me please! I recently finished another epistolary novel that has quickly made it onto my list of great examples... read more

     I have my Reading Specialist Certification. I maintained a 4.0 for all courses leading to this certification.  During my education, I tutored two students who went up two and three levels in reading after just a few weeks of tutoring. I gear my lessons to match the needs of my students.      I have also worked as a Reading Interventionist and saw my students' progress greatly in my time teaching them. I worked with small groups of students and based my lessons on data driven assessments, so my lessons met their needs. I truly enjoyed helping students see that they were becoming proficient readers.

The ACT stands for American College Testing. It is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and an optional Writing Test.   The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. There are several strategies you can use to help you better prepare for the ACT.   For example: Practice Pacing Yourself Become Familiar with the Test Directions for Each Test Read Each Question Carefully Answer the Easy Questions First Answer Every Question Review your Work Bubble in Groups   If you know testing is one of your weaknesses, consider getting a tutor or joining a test preparation course.  

Once upon a time, I was an engineer. And in that environment, engineers would think it was insane to depend on a calculation, a computer program, or a sketch - without checking the result, and if possible, checking it in the simplest way possible.   Fast forward to now. You have calculating power in your hand that was beyond what I could do with a long computer program when I first entered an engineering career. Your problem is, you depend on it. The teacher gives you a problem and what do you do? You reach for the calculator.   So look: the human brain is infinitely more powerful than the best calculator you can put in your hand. Learn to reach for it first instead. Use it to set up your work, to help you understand why you're doing it, to help you recall how you did what you did, and to find out what it takes to do things right. THEN grab the calculator. Otherwise, the thing the calculator does best is give you the wrong answer fast. Nearly all... read more

I've noticed in tutoring college physics students that the biggest reason they aren't doing well is not because they don't understand the material, but rather because they make small mistakes when setting up and solving the problems. I've come up with a list of steps to follow when solving physics problems to help students stay organized and make fewer mistakes.   Solving Physics Problems 1. Knowns     a. Write down the given numbers including units     b. Make any unit conversions necessary 2. Unknowns     a. Write down what the problem is asking you to find     b. Draw a picture if applicable to better understand the problem 3. Equations     a. Write down any equations that include the knowns and unknowns     b. Make sure you know what each variable is and the units for each variable in each equation 4. Plan     a. Decide which equations to use  ... read more

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