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AP Literature Open-Ended Prompt, 1975, #2: Unlike the novelist, the writer of a play does not use his own voice and only rarely uses a narrator’s voice to guide the audience’s responses to character and action. Select a play you have read and write an essay in which you explain the techniques the playwright uses to guide his audience’s responses to the central characters and the action. You might consider the effect on the audience of things like setting, the use of comparable and contrasting characters, and the characters’ responses to each other. Support your argument with specific references to the play. Do not give a plot summary. The Blanks Left Empty Narration is often the crux of the novelist's art. Through skillful use of narration and point of view, a novelist can make his readers acutely aware of not just the events of the novel, but the characters' opinions of those events. This makes it easy for a skilled novelist to deftly control how his... read more

Students who do NOT commit to a lesson on a weekly basis: Do not have as much of (or any!) grade improvement due to the fact that they are not held responsible for completed any assigned homework on a regular basis (and because of the consequences detailed below) Will not get the benefit of having the psychological commitment of keeping their homework, test scores, and grades up since they won't be checked on a weekly/daily basis. Will not have their performance in their class be tracked/monitored as closely since they are meeting with the tutoring on a non-regular basis Will not receive as personalized of lessons since the tutor is unable to follow their class schedule on a weekly basis.  Will not receive as quality of lessons (of course) since the tutor is unable to follow their class schedule on a weekly basis and unable to prepare as much beforehand Do not have a guaranteed spot every week and before important... read more

I believe that tutoring helps students to create an interest in their learning. I build up self-confidence by motivating students to learn the concepts in which they have difficulty. Tutoring means a lot to me. When I am not teaching at school, I still help students to make them successful. It gives me a satisfaction that I achieve my goal through helping students in my free time too. I make the learning fun and easy for the students by inspiring them with a lot of praises and positive comments. I always look for positives in them. The relationship that I create with students during tutoring brings a positive impact in their personality. I make them involve in learning through questioning and personal connections. I feel so proud when I see a smile on students' face giving me the message that they understood the concept.

It is late January and the weather forecasters are calling for 70 degree weather today in Columbia SC.   Glorious!   Students should start gearing up for revision/review of earlier economic topics, specifically multiple choice. I know that you are still learning new information but success for the AP exam is definitely tied into the multiple choice question.   Remember that the exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions (66%) of the grade and 3 FRQ's which will be the other (34%) of your grade.   FRQ questions are fairly straight forward and there are 15 years of FRQ's to practice. If you do work on answering the fRQ question there will be no surprises.   Multiple choice questions on the other hand, are complicated and can be from any sections of the course.    There  are 5 past exams that have been released. 1995,2000,2005,2008,2012   Search for these online, download them and... read more

We often cringe at the idea of having to deal with math and the problems that learning mathematics presents. However, one of the only ways to learn math is through repetition. Math is unlike other subjects because it involves a great amount of detail and effort. Math works when you repeat the process of learning and application over and over again. It is not impossible to learn math but it is going to take discipline to learn. The best way is to get those hands dirty and grind it out. 

When I worked for Kaplan, they required all private tutoring lessons to be two hours. That surprised me because I thought of lessons as one-hour affairs. However, I soon discovered that we could get through a lot more in one two-hour lesson than we could in two one-hour lessons.  Why? For starters, each lesson always starts with a few pleasantries and takes a couple of minutes to get going. Furthermore, it usually takes 15 minutes or so for students' minds to warm up and perform at their best. So by the time we are at our best flow, if the lesson is only one hour, we have often used a quarter to a third of our lesson time.  In my experience, I've found that 90 minutes works well for many students. With 90 minute lessons, we can go through the warm up period and spend more than an hour at our most productive level. An hour is generally too short and delivers less value per dollar than a longer lesson.  Exceptionally motivated students can often... read more

As we get closer and closer to the end of the academic year, a lot of math students will be studying for exams.  Some of these tests are comprehensive exams that cover everything from day one to the day before the test.  I believe that as tutors, we need to help those we teach with ditching old, faulty study habits in favor of successful, incremental approaches.   What is the biggest bad study habit you might ask? Cramming...   Cramming, at best, will help students remember the material the day of the test and promptly forget it the next or, at worst, actually degrade their academic performance.     Researchers at UCLA have found that excessive "cramming" actually makes students perform worse on average than those who adopted daily study habits.  This was published in the Journal of Child Development in 2012.  In another study conducted by in 2011, the average student who crammed for the exam only passed... read more

General - All sessions are billed in 5-minute increments. - All sessions will be charged beginning at the scheduled start time, unless I am late, in which case, the session time will begin when I arrive and charges will be assessed accordingly. - If a session goes past the scheduled end time, you will be charged until the session is complete, in 5 minute increments. If you need a session to end “on time,” simply let me know. - If I choose to end a session early, for example, because we covered all the necessary material--or any similar event--then I will charge you for only the actual duration of the session, in 5-minute increments. - If you choose to end a session early, for any reason, you will be charged for the full scheduled session. - Unless otherwise agreed, all sessions will be schedule for 2 hours. For more explanation, see my TutorFAQs. - Sometimes, it is necessary for me to have my 6-year-old daughter with me when I tutor. She is very well-behaved... read more

Translator: Google Translate is a great way to translate words and short phrases from your native language to English   Vocabulary Builder: Build your English vocabulary with fun worksheets               ****This is a "living" blog post that will be updated periodically.

In anatomy there are often several long processes. The processes can often times be very difficult to remember. One way to remember the processes is to make funny sentences that use the first letter of each word of the process. For example blood flow through the renal would be renal artery, small artery, afferent artriole, Glomereulus, epherent artriole, peritubule capillaries, small veins, renal vein. This could be remembered by Ryan Should Ask Genys Elephant "Please Say Rymes". This one of the tools I enjoy using to help others learn.

Tutoring is fulfilling as you see and hear student say "I get it" with a laughter.  There are times when you ask is tutoring the answer for the individual as what emerges is an important question  "the challenge of a bright student". 

Tutoring is fulfilling as you see and hear student say "I get it" with a laughter.  There are times when you ask is tutoring the answer for the individual as what emerges is an important question  "the challenge of a bright student". 

Story of one of my SAT student Wow! Student’s score bumped up by 90 points in 5 weeks tutoring only! I got very excited and thrilled when I saw one of my SAT students’ score got improved by 90 points only after 5 weeks of tutoring. That student’s score had been fluctuating between 1100 and 1130. Its parents requested me to tutor the student for the  SAT test. We had only 5 weeks  left for the test. I tutored the student three times a week.  I also assigned homework to the student for the days when we did not have sessions. In the final week of tutoring, we covered test taking strategies and how to handle test anxiety. All of the effort and hard work got paid off when the student’s score got improved by 90 points!

Story of one of my ACT students Amazing!  one of my Student’s ACT test score bumped up by 4 points in ACT test! I tutored this student during summer and he got improved by 4 points in ACT test. Previously, student’s ACT score was 24. I tutored this student during summer time. During tutoring, Student and I (the tutor)-we both were consistent and committed to reach the goal. I tutored to help him to achieve his dreamed higher score. After all the hard work of two months of summer, finally, this student reached his goal.  It took a lot of effort to produce the results. At the end, everything including commitment, consistency and hard-work got paid off when the student’s scores got improved by 4 points, and met its goal.    

Most language learning resources focus on the process of what YOU can do to learn a language. But what I'm interested in is how a language is an organic, living, naturally occurring phenomenon, like rivers, trees, and humans, and what that has to do with efficient language learning, as well as what it has to do with the nature of life/God/the universe (as a bonus). The mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci used a set of numbers (Fibonacci numbers) to describe how rabbit populations expand. The numbers are 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, ... (each number is the sum of the previous two numbers). This "golden" ratio also describes flowers, trees, rivers, seashells, galaxies, and the human face. Language also grows this way in your mind -- particularly if you're a child. My goal is that it grow that way also in the mind of the adult. The way it looks is that for every language you grew up speaking there are a number of situations you've experienced in... read more

In the Christmas frenzy of gift buying, holiday parties, and end of the year work quotas, parents groan about how to keep their children occupied over winter break. Many parents seek babysitters, daycare, and family members to watch their kiddos.  But there is a way for you to complete your tasks while simultaneously offering your child emotional nourishment: Involve your child in your shopping! At this point, you might envision your child meandering out the door of Marshalls or the Apple Storewhile you frantically scour for a must-have gift. But shopping with your child doesn't have to be a dreadful experience.  The secret to enjoying -- yes, I said enjoying -- this time together is this: If your child is under age 8, put them in the shopping cart! TALK TO YOUR CHILD WHILE YOU ARE SHOPPING.   GIVE HER/HIM ONE SPECIAL TOY. ASK HER/HIS OPINION ON THE COLOR OF AN ITEM YOU ARE CONSIDERING.   TALK ABOUT THE TEXTURE OF THE ITEM.   ASK YOUR CHILDTO... read more

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