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We've all been to that point, we have a class that has that major, all-out, super important, report to right. You know, the one that can bring your grade up or down a letter grade. If you're like those that I've had classes with, the first thing you begin to stress and worry. Well worry no more. Writing papers can be a breeze, if you remember these guidelines: 1) In most cases, you have the... read more

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I have always been an excellent speller, having never needed to study for spelling tests in school and always did better than the other students who did. Every time the teacher said, "Study for your spelling tests," I always laughed inwardly because I never needed to. But I made sure to never lord it over anyone for being a better speller than they. I also believe I am the best speller... read more

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No matter how long I teach, I'm always taken by surprise when I tutor a student who simply says 'I need help'. Let's be clear about just what we need help with. If you need help with understanding what a teacher wants from you, that is very different from a need for help with comprehending a wordy sentence or paragraph. To be prepared to get the most from a tutor, always have a few questions about... read more

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On June 2, 1989, my life changed forever. A brand new world was brought to my attention. I moved into the main land of the United States. I am Puerto Rican, meaning natural born American, but was raised on the island of Puerto Rico. Don't get me wrong, I have always been more fourtunate than most people with my condition. You see, I have a condition called Spina Bifida. I guess it would make... read more

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I have written about these two boys before. They are the two students who were struggling with Mathematics. They are best friends and were in grade six. Well now they are both in grade 7. They play football for the school, and they are doing so much better in Mathematics. I had written that one struggled more than the other in Mathematics. For the student who struggled more, doing Math was like... read more

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Elementary Education Tutor K thru Grade 8 Educator License Certification also in Language Arts thru Grade 12 Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education For the last two (2) years, my formal students earned "Star-status" as a result of high-achievement state (Mississippi) test scores! I provide tutoring in Reading Comprehension, skills in which have proven to help raise... read more

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It sounds like everyone is having an exceptionally busy week, with school starting, work, music, sports, and other activities.... My schedule is filling fast too--with good students who want to get a jump on studying for the more challenging subjects. As you know, when we can study together consistently, it will make a much bigger difference than just a lesson here or there. You... read more

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Hello students and fellow tutors! In my first blog, I just wanted to introduce myself and give you all a little background on who I am and why I have become a tutor... Growing up in Pensacola, Florida, I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher. It's in the blood - my mother, aunts, and cousins were all teachers and I knew that I wanted to follow in their footsteps. So, after... read more

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My name is Jean L. I am a dedicated teacher who will help your K-5th grade student. I can work with your child after school, weekends, days of no school, and holidays. I can work in your home, library, or my house. If needed I may even be able to work with your child at your place of employment if allowed. Please contact me to talk about your child's needs. I will have your child complete... read more

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One of my students showed me a tool that I would like to share to help other tutors and SAT students. In addition to using a set of books called Vocabulary Cartoons, I used word lists from McGraw Hill's SAT 2011 book to teach vocabulary for the sentence completion section of the SAT and PSAT Critical Reading sections. Quizlet is a free website that allows students (or tutors) to create... read more

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The school year is half over; wow, time flies by faster than when I was in the classroom!, Just keeping up with a busy schedule gets pretty stressful for parents, and add on top of that some frustrations about not feeling able to help your student with their work.  Folks, if your student is struggling with keeping up with homework, getting organized, or has issues with specific topics, write... read more

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Here's a quick tip for teaching spelling words to kinesthetic learners (the ones who need to learn hands-on and usually can't sit still): have the student form letters with Play-doh and form the words. Magnet letters are also a good way for kinesthetic and visual learners. This may sound too "dumb" for your son or older child, but I've used it for up to 12-year-old boys and girls, and... read more

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Let me into the local library or book shop, and I'm like a kid in a candy store - I want 'em all! The whole world is waiting in the pages of those books. Is there information I need? A skill I want to learn? A place I would love to see? An event I'm curious about? All I have to do is pick my "flavor of the moment" and through the power of words and the magic of the human mind, I'm... read more

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Today was another great day for tutoring. The first student I tutored is in grade 4. I have been tutoring her for two hours each week for ELA and Mathematics. For the most part, she is good with Math, just needs some help with probabilities. Her main problem is Reading Comprehension and ELA. We have done prefix, suffix, grammar and vocabulary, and now she seems like she is doing so much better... read more

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The most common myth that I am regularly addressing at fairs, on the phone, and in emails, is that someone’s student is behind. I often diffuse this by asking what the scripture reference is that determines what age a student must be to take Algebra 1 or Geometry or begin studying fractions. Is it in 1st Hezekiah or 2nd Assumptions? There is often a pause, then a light begins to dawn, and... read more

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Many students claim to be just bad test takers. No matter how much they study or how well they understand the information, when it comes to taking the test, they can’t perform. Well, rest-assure that the problem probably isn’t that the student is a “bad” test taker, but that they let stress get the better of them. In 9 out of 10 students, inability to perform on tests is caused by stress and tension... read more

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