I am new to WyzAnt, so I'd like to introduce myself. I am a math teacher with over 10 years' worth of experience teaching college students. The courses I have taught range from basic mathematics to upper-division engineering mathematics, and my specialty these days is statistics.
Until recently, I was a tutor for Pearson Tutor Services, where I helped thousands of people with their math homework...
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I've had only one response to my 30+ answers to specific solicitations for tutoring help in Statistics, Biostatistics, Algebra, and Biology since coming to WyzAnt. And that person decided to allow their son to engage a student-peer as a study-partner rather than come to me for help via WyzAnt despite specifically soliciting that help here in the first place.
I am beginning to think the...
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The reality is that the student may be “in over their head” and no amount of effort will get a satisfactory result. Or maybe the student does not have the time to overly focus on one course over the others even for a short time to recover from a failing grade. This is a difficult and even emotional decision but should at least be momentarily considered. Is this class a necessity? Is there the ability...
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I went to high school and college back in the day when computers consisted of eight or ten large boxes, each the size of a dishwasher or freezer and connected to each other by cables, taking up most of a very chilly room. We punched out holes in cards and a stack of cards were needed for simple commands. We'd feed the cards into one of the large boxes, and several hours or days later, we'd have...
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I was reading what another WyzAnt tutor said, and I realized that he and I have the same attitude towards tutoring:
We cherish each and every student, and enjoy working with them, but we don’t necessarily want to build a long-term relationship with them. I compare this situation to birds learning to fly. They need help at first, but it is important for them to learn to be self-sufficient,...
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It's important to plan ahead - "get ahead of the game" whether planning for SAT/ACT or planning for this coming Fall, 2012.
Most parents and students wait till they get an "unexpected bad grade" - then REACT. A tutor can help things turnaround at that point - but what about your other classes - do you ignore those to catch up? This is not a good situation. Pressure packed...
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Test Preparation – Best Practices
Start this at least one week before the math, chemistry or physics exam.
What does the test cover? Sounds simple but it is amazing that many students are not sure the night before an exam.
Using major topic titles, your notes, instructors’ notes, pages in the book – describe fully what the upcoming test covers.
If questions come up - NOW is the...
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Extra problems are the cure to your ills. Mastery...
There is a book called Mastery, by George Leonard which speaks to how those who are the very best at what they do are not naturally gifted but rather they work very diligently – repeating their craft so much that it is engrained.
It is the same for math. Don’t just do you assigned homework – do extra problems. Don’t just prepare for...
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SOH CAH TOA
When working with Right Triangles in any Math and Science subject, especially Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Chemistry, and Physics, many problems can be solved by remembering this Memory Jogger:
Indian Chief SOH CAH TOA (sounds like soow caah towaah)
Angle = A
Sine A = Opposite/Hypotenuse
Cosine A = Adjacent/Hypotenuse
Tangent A = Opposite/Adjacent
You...
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I have a web cam and I use it with Skype to see distant friends and family that I am talking to. It is nice to 'see' people even though they are in another state or even another country. Very helpful when you move away from 'home' and still want to feel close by.

I'm new to this site and can't wait to help you. Got questions? I got answers! Whether you need some simple study skills and techniques or if you have very specific problems in a subject, I can help. Let me show you how all these subjects work together and are not isolated disciplines that you're never going to use. I'll show you the relevance of each subject and how they're all integrated. Learning...
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OK, so I'm a math geek, but actually very down-to-earth and not much of a blogger. My students like that I'm friendly, approachable, and explain in plain English using tangible objects when possible. For example, when teaching the calculation of volumes generated by revolving curves around a line, I've used a glass vase to illustrate; for cylindrical shells, a roll of toilet paper got the idea...
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I recently sent this as advice to one of my clients having trouble with linear systems of inequalities. I thought I would share it here on my blog for students, parents, and tutors who have use for it.
EXPLANATION OF LINEAR SYSTEMS OF INEQUALITIES
A system with regular lines (the ones with equals signs in them that you have done before) shows the single point where the two lines cross...
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"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." (William Butler Yeats)
I am new to WyzAnt.com. I am a recent Johnson State College graduate. I majored in Elementary Education with a concentration in math. I recently completed my second practicum at Georgia Elementary School with a classroom of 20 4th grade students. Before that I completed my first practicum...
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Finals have started in the middle and high schools and so the break will soon be here. I'm anxious for my students and my daughter (in 9th grade) who are waiting to see what their final grade will be. While a few weeks off is treasured by teachers and students, the Christmas break is actually an excellent time for students to learn in math what they weren't able to master during the year. Neither...
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I wasn't sure what the experience of tutoring for WyzAnt would be like as I have always done my tutoring through my own channels. Because of this, I had very few students to tutor. Joining WyzAnt has opened up some very fine opportunities for me as I am now currently tutoring two great students; one of them on Sundays, and the other twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The process is made very...
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"January 18, 2011
To Whom It May Concern:
My son, Matthew, is a senior in high school and needed some extra help to pull his grade up in pre-calculus. During this school year, Martin has been my son's pre-calculus tutor. Over this past semester, while working with Martin, my son, who had been a C average student, has been able to pull his grade up to an A and keep it.
I am very...
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Work is force times distance: handling your calculator is just as much work as is figuring out what to write down. You will have more time to figure out what to write down if you wait until you've worked out solutions to all the problem you know how to work, before you use the calculator to compute numerical values. Picking up the calculator, putting it down, making the context shift in your mind,...
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It's simple. I can help you more, and more quickly, if I can identify your problem areas in advance. So scan in a couple of graded tests and homework assignments and attach those to your email. I can get an ideal of how your teacher grades and how you may be missing the mark. Make sure your writing is legible on the scanned document. Sooner is better than later.

Psssst....parents, you have access to a free tutor and you don't even know it! As a tutor always on the lookout for more business, I am not sure I should give away this highly confidential secret, but here goes. You know your son in Prealgebra who needs my help because he recently started getting Ds on his tests? And you know your other son, the one in Algebra II that needed tutoring to prep for...
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