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My emerging tutoring passion is assisting ESL college students with their coursework. Most of them must also hold full-time jobs to support themselves and often their families as well. Many require online courses to get college educations. They could not earn a college degree any other way. Do textbook publishing companies realize how much cultural bias is written into their online ancillary... read more

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Hi there I'm Michael; I'm 22 and just graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's in Political Science. As a native Brooklyner, I attended school in Brooklyn my whole life, starting at P.S. 230, then Mark Twain I.S. 239 and then Brooklyn Technical H.S. I've taken many of those tests to get into school, such as the Specialized HS exam, the SATs to get into college so I'm familiar with testing... read more

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America the Giving by Cindy M. “Giving, giving, giving—Americans are always giving,” says Maria, an English-as-a-Second-Language student, as we talk about an upcoming charitable event. American generosity is both a wonder and a puzzlement to her, but she is sincere when she smiles and adds, “I am glad I am here. There was nothing for us in Bosnia. We are American now.” Maria’s words... read more

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"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" is the first line of a famous and often-quoted speech by Mark Antony in the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare. From my view as a college instructor and sales and marketing rep...some students would rather glue themselves and their chair to the floor before they would come up to the front of the class to speak about an assignment,... read more

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What's on your mind to develop an idea for that assignment? "Who, What, When, Where, and How." These are the basics for writing school papers--and they work very easily in planning a thesis too. They are the backbone of good journalism too. They help students prepare notes for public speaking, they are useful for research, and they keep you focused. "Who" is anyone... read more

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This is my first post so I'll tell you all about how I started tutoring! I graduated from The University of Texas last May and began exploring career options. After applying to endless amounts of jobs and finding that 85% of all 2010 May graduates are unemployed, I realized I was going to have to get creative. Since then, I have been homeschooling a high school student named Contessa... read more

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Cynthia was an ESL student taking an intro to government/ political science class. When I asked her if she had taken English 100 or 101, she said "No" because she had enrolled too late. I figured that this was an opportunity for me to teach her an important tool, otherwise she might struggle in her poli-sci class. Her class assignment was, "What is your dream law?". She had... read more

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After reading author Michael's response to my last post, I starting reading his blog and a few others that recommend the peg technique for memorizing large amounts of information. I'm going to try to explain this here in case other people are also unfamiliar with it. (To get more "from the horse's mouth," check out Michael's blog at: http://studentsmemoryguide.blogspot.com/2010/04/periodic-tables-elements-hydrogen-1... read more

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Are you wondering about how normal learning occurs as you try to help your student or perhaps yourself acquire new concepts? First, let’s think about what is normal. Normal is not a single state. In reality, every person is unique. Our brains all have the same basic structure but each person seems to be wired slightly differently. That is both wonderful and frustrating for someone trying... read more

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Many articles in our popular magazines bemoan the loss of "family communication" and time spent together - whether it be "quality time" or just "down" time. If you, the parent, try to think back to your own childhood, you may remember that some of the best conversations or touching moments occurred when you least expected them. What you may not realize, even... read more

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Much like the years prior to the fall of the Roman Empire, America too has fallen into the same downward spiral of self destruction. This is an article on how we can reverse this downward spiral. When the first English settlement arrived on this continent there was an aurora of hope unlike any that had preceded it. Never before had an organization of trust between total strangers been arranged... read more

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Economics is a fragile and often overlooked subject matter. It effects every one of our lives, whether we want it to or not. Will we have a house to sleep in, can we afford college, what are we going to eat tonight, do I get that 42 or that 56 inch TV? Sadly, even though every person's life is influenced by our economic state, a surprisingly small amount of people understand it or even... read more

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Do not think you are alone in needing help in a class, because everyone needs help with something. Don't be afraid to ask or shoot me an email or comment. I would be glad to help you and/or tutor you. Receiving tutoring does not mean you're stupid or dumb, because no one is. I didn't take advantage of tutoring and I struggled in my math class in my senior year covering functions and trigonometry... read more

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There are many reasons that teachers and tutors give for teaching. Typical reasons include the joy of seeing students learn. While this is certainly the case for me as well, an even more important reason to me was to help students see that they are WAY more capable than teachers and peers have told them. I believe that failure in school is much more complicated than "I am smart" or "I... read more

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If you are a high school or college student (or are tutoring one) think carefully about how you learn best. Besides that, though, think about what you dislike. Do you procrastinate about learning specific facts? Do you try to put off your reading assignments? If you have quiet music on in the background, does it help you learn facts? I know that those of you who are struggling, you may have... read more

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Education is my passion, and my cause is to help students learn using their learning style. Each student REALLY can succeed, and find great joy in the process! I enjoy working with elementary school students, college students, and anywhere in between or beyond. Early grade reading and math are my strongest interests, but only because I believe in getting students on the right track early... read more

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But I think the story is more a sad commentary of the level of reasoning and general knowledge in the US, despite having the Internet as the greatest lay research tool ever, bar none. A story in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer is about yet another soldier who is of the opinion that his Command-in-Chief is a foreigner and not the rightful President. He cites the oft-used "birth certificate"... read more

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