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...
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...
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.
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.
If you must cancel an appointment, please contact me at least six hours prior to your scheduled lesson. Appointments cancelled after...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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 + 2
>>> x * 2
>>> x ** 2 # x squared
>>> x / 2 # python 2.x --> 3 . python 3.x --...
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...
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
Try this fun English grammar quiz.
Research what you get wrong, then take the quiz again 3 days later.
I got 100% the first time :-)
I am looking forward to visiting Peru again at the end of this month. This visit will include visits to schools and libraries, including the Biblioteca Nacional, where I hope to see some works housed there, of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Each visit abroad helps me to better understand the language and cultures that I work with in the United States and elsewhere.
Has anyone noticed the profusion (glut) of a questions coming in that are written exclusively in (what I think is) Chinese? (Resources/Answers)
This looks to me like an attack intended to disturb the normal function and use of the WyzAnt site.
This is the story of a certain student who faced a lot of difficulties understanding certain concepts in his class. He/She was at the point of giving up and failing that class when a deep beautiful voice called his/her name out loud, "Student!" He/She didn't understand what was going on. The voice called a second time, "Student, go to the tutoring center!" So the student walked his/her way to the student center and asked for a tutor to help.
The first tutor looked at him/her with an expression of disgust. "How can you not understand this?" the tutor asked. "It is very simple, just do this..." Confused, the student couldn't keep up with the tutor's technique. The tutor seemed to have had a bad beginning of the day and was very impatient. He also got on the top of his nerves, but always seemed to hold back. Scared, the student called onto a second tutor.
The second tutor came with an indifferent expression. He didn't...
I haven't taken the MCAT, nor do I plan on taking it, but I have to wonder "could I tutor it?" Tutors are good at many things, maybe they can tutor subjects they don't know very well by studying it first. etc. etc.
Yes, the clock is ticking down toward summer break and while you're excited for the warm, lazy days of summer, you may also be pondering, "What am I going to do with these children for 12 weeks?" Yes, there are family vacations and camps to match every interest imaginable, and yes, you want wholesome, healthy activities that nurture the mind, body, and spirit. You also want to keep a balance so your children have enough activity to stave off boredom (and soon thereafter, contention in the ranks), but not so much activity that your children become stressed and exhausted. So, where, if anywhere, does summer tutoring fit in?
Summer tutoring can be a great way to reinforce skills in reading, writing, and math. Some studies show that students lose as much as 2.6 months of academic progress during summer vacation (Shafer, 2016). So, academic reinforcement certainly sounds like a good idea...but it doesn't paint a picture of a fun-filled summer. Sure, you can sign your...
I should have done this in March.
This year it took me 1 week (after work hours) to complete all the puzzles. The last puzzle is NOT friendly to full time shift employees (hint). There are only 2 right answers; one answer must be done during scheduled work hours and the other answer must be done after any normal person goes to bed at night (or early morning).
It's still not too late to get onto http://www.pidaychallenge.com and work through 24 puzzles to get onto the Genius board. You may work at the puzzles at your own pace.
Stats stayed consistent to previous years; the total set of puzzles are still hard enough that only approximately 10% successfully work all problems. Maybe, there is an endurance factor :-) There were logic, probability, algebra, geometry, and physics problems/puzzles/questions.
Enjoy the challenge!
A student needed to draw a circle with a 2" diameter, then draw the following angles: 100°, 120º, and 140º. She had her compass but didn't have her protractor.
First she drew the circle, then she drew 2 perpendicular diameters. Since a circle encompasses 360º, each quadrant comprising 90º. We drew the 120º angle first using an entire 90º quadrant plus 1/3 of the adjacent quadrant, erasing the unneeded line, which leaves 60º in that second quadrant.
Then we found the circumference of the circle (C=πD, or 3.14x2"=6.28"). Next we found 1/4 of the circumference (6.28"/4=1.57"). We wanted to be able find the arc length in 10º increments, so we divided the arc of one quadrant by 9 (1.57"/9=0.174"). We converted this into 1/16ths of an inch by multiplying by 16 (0.174"x16=2.79 sixteenths of an inch).
Getting back to our angles, we measured the 100º angle next by taking our remaining 60º and adding 40º of...