Typically people wait until a crisis moment to start looking for a tutor, but the summer is a great time for tutoring. First, it's a less stressful time for the student, so they are able to relax, focus and retain information easier. Second, it's a great way to get ready for the next Math class. By laying the foundation in the summer, the student can absorb the more complex material a lot easier...
Tip #2: If your messing up on the simple stuff, slow down and try to be more organized.
This week's math tip comes from personal experience. As someone who doesn't write the neatest, I have always had organizational problems when it comes to my math. If I just scribble my work on a piece of paper I tend to get confused on some of the easier things such as: addition, subtraction, mean, median,...
Well I sincerely hope that everyone has been enjoying their summer so far; I know that I certainly have! It's been relaxing spending time at home and with my family and high school friends since I don't usually get a chance to see them during the school year. Besides going to concerts, curling up with a good book, and lunch dates with friends, I've also been taking a few math courses. Who says...
Tip #1: When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
This week's tip applies to all types of math: simple, complex, timed and not timed. We all come to the one problem that prevents our momentum from building or that really frustrates you.
This week's tip simply means that when you reach a problem that seems to be puzzling your mind, just keep going.
Move on to the next problem...
If you're anything like me, at times you've wished for an easy way to work math problems and get the answer in the back of the book.Of course, you probably tried just copying the book's answers on to your homework paper only to have that "unreasonable" teacher of yours refuse to give you credit for all those answers!... something about not showing enough work.
My original motivation to tutor was to put in some hours and get paid for doing something that was fun. There are additional benefits as it turned out, that really cannot be measured in terms of dollars and cents.
I have found that I like to tutor more than originally thought. I learn and relearn various topics being studied, and I help students with the development of their logical and...
There are good days for the student when the current section in the book really comes across clearly and there is good understanding right away, so when the next sessions with the tutor occurs, there is some catching up to do on the part of the tutor.
I believe in situations like this, the tutor can still help the student with his approach to learning math, taught first hand because the...
I have over 10 years of experience in providing tutoring services to various aged adults and teens. I began when I was in high school teaching the elementary special education students how to learn through coping with their disabilities. After proving success doing such, my peers began to turn to me asking me to tutor them in classes I had before them or even in classes we would take together...
I recently bumped into a nicely written blog item that a fellow tutor wrote to help his students understand what variables are about. It got me thinking about the topic and what follows below is my take on what variables are and how they should be used in algebra (and beyond.)
Let me first start with the notion that variables are only "place holders" for numbers. I'd suggest not...
Although I am not a contestant on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", let me nevertheless ask the audience on this one...
I want to know what makes a tutor more appealing (besides the profile picture). Is it affordability? Is it flexibility in hours? Is it number of years experience in tutoring a particular subject? Is it the ratings given to the tutor by students? Is it age?
If you have heard these words out of someone else's mouth, or have spoken them yourself, here's the blog to pay attention to...
Recently I picked up a book called "Mindset" by Carol Dweck, PhD. The premise of the book was focused on two mindsets: the "fixed" mindset, and the "growth" mindset. The title of this blog pertains to the former mindset. I would like...
Well, isn't this nice? Just as I am getting to know my new city, many of it's nicest people are choosing to try me as their tutor. What a great service WyzAnt supplies! I am full of potential new clients, and I am free to teach in the Learner-Centered, Discovery Model teaching style that I favor. Of course, I can always "teach to the test" if you have an exam you want to get past, but...
FACTORING BINOMIALS USING DIFFERENCE OF TWO SQUARES
Binomials of the general form m^2 - n^2 can be factored into terms
(m - n)*(m + n).
9x^2 - 64 = (3x)^2 - (8)^2
4a^3 - 4a = 4a * (a^2 -1)
= 4a * (a^2 - 1^2)
= 4a * (a - 1)(a + 1)
x^4 - y^4 = (x^2)^2 - (y^2)^2
= (x^2 - y^2) * (x^2...
Welcome back! As you may notice there are more techniques to be discussed. Lets get to it shall we.
FACTORING BY GROUPING
This technique makes use of associative and distributive properties. Consider the following:
3t^3 + 6t^2 + 2t + 4
Generally, polynomials with four terms can be factored by grouping. We will first group this polynomial in pairs(first with second and...
Factorization of polynomials doesn't have to be difficult if you first take a breather and look for patterns. There are a few techniques that can be used to factor many polynomials. The key is to determine what to use and when. Lets look at some examples.
(1) Factoring trinomials equations of the quadratic form, (x^2 + bx + c) we must find integers m and n that satisfies m*n = c...
Polynomials are compound algebraic equations, or statements. They can be described in terms of their degree, that is, by the size of the largest exponent. They can also be described in terms of the number of terms.
Monomials - Having only one term
Binomials - Having two terms
Trinomials - Having three terms
of no degree
of degree 1
The one question I always ask my students is, “How much time do you spend on math each day?” Unfortunately, the most common answer I get is “Not much.”
When we are working on anything else, whether it is an musical instrument or some sort of sport, we practice if not every day, then close to it. However, for some reason when it comes to math, most people only work on it when there is homework...
Learning never ceases. At this moment, I find myself once again looking at class schedules, trying to figure out which Calculus section will fit my schedule.
My first Calculus class was when I was a senior in high school, many years ago. When I started college, I took Calculus I for the easy A. I got a B. During my sophomore year, I declared a Theatre and Drama major. I graduated with a...
Ken B. in Houston, Texas - known as the "Best Little Tutor In Texas" has surpassed another WyzAnt tutoring milestone by going over the 600th tutoring hour for WyzAnt. All subjects in mathematics and science, high school or college, are done by Ken except biology and biochemistry. Ken has now worked with many many students to help them work on their own and be able to do well on homework,...
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