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This is the question we are asked since childhood. When I finally figured out I wanted to learn about music, the answer was simple- everything! However, I soon learned that music is a deep and multifaceted subject, and had to focus on a few things in order to reach any level of mastery. So before you go into a lesson, ask yourself: What genres of music do you enjoy the most? Which would you... read more

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Hi prospective student! It's important to be well-prepared for your first session.   First, let's talk on the phone to address your needs and then:   Make sure you bring your writing with you! I know that may sound silly, but sometimes we walk out of the house and forget the keys. Make sure your writing is printed on a clean copy with 1 - 1.5 inch margins, double-spaced... read more

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This being my first post, let me assure you that I will not reveal any personal information about my students nor discuss them with anyone else.   I had a great first week with Wyzant. My first session was Tuesday at 4pm! It is now Wednesday just after 10pm and I have already completed 5 tutoring sessions. I have worked with friends and colleagues for years, but the range of questions... read more

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We all must start at some point.  We may have been born teachers, but we weren't born teaching.  Our first day teaching or tutoring is sure to stick in our minds.   My very first tutoring session was two weeks ago.  As you can imagine, I was nervous and apprehensive.  (To tell the truth, writing this blog for teachers is nerve-wracking....what if I use poor grammar... read more

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The following is a sample of my introductory lesson format, which is a modified Direct Instruction method custom-tailored to the needs of each student: 1) Inventory the student's interests, extracurricular activities, and previous positive experiences in education to establish a set of "what works" for motivating and reassuring the student. 2) Assess what has worked... read more