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You may think that the main purpose of a math course is to instruct you on dealing with numbers.  But actually, the main purpose of most math courses is to train your mind.  Train your mind in how to think, how to memorize, how to relate one thing to another, how to assess reasonableness, and how to perform mental calculations to assess reasonableness of an answer.  For this reason,... read more

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What is 38% of 73? This is written as an English sentence and we need to translate it into a mathematical sentence.   The word "what" would be the blank (or the thing you are looking for). The word "is" would mean "equals." The word "of"...

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Mirka's sample group was not a good representation of the students at their school because Mirka's sample resulted in 25 favoring comedy and 25 favoring action -- which would be half and half, or 50-50.  That would not match up with 70% preferring comedy because only 50% of Mirka's group preferred...

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Of course, learning should be fun.  Why?  Because if the student is having fun, that student will be giving his or her full attention to the matter at hand.     However, I do think that students need to be taught, as well, that learning is not ALWAYS going to involve fun, and that sometimes, to conquer challenging material, some effort must be made -- mental effort,... read more

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Number One:  Getting to know the student through light conversation by asking things such as:  "Do you like school?" "What is your favorite subject?"  "Who is your favorite teacher?"  "Do you have a best friend?" and similar questions.   Number Two:  Showing the student a small art or craft project or a photograph... read more

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First, I inject humor whenever possible, to lighten the mood.  I do this by talking conversationally to the student and soliciting his or her response, then laughing about it, if that is appropriate.   Second, I incorporate drawing or painting into the tutoring sessions.  Children love especially to paint and they do not get much opportunity to do so.  Even though it... read more

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While tutoring may be a help to studying and learning, a student should never depend entirely on tutoring to teach all the concepts learned in a semester course.  The world we live in is a quick world -- get in -- get out -- get 'er done.  But most educational courses such as math, English, reading, science, and social studies require more in-depth thinking.  They are not subjects... read more

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Students,   To start the new school year strong, it is very necessary to understand the first few days and weeks of instruction.  That is because in the first days, basic material is presented, upon which will be built the remainder of the course.   In a challenging course such as chemistry, earth science, algebra, or trigonometry it is doubly important to get a... read more

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Parents and students who opt to obtain tutoring early in the school year are very wise.  It enables the tutor and the student to get on the same track early on, and to work together throughout the year through the midterm and through the final exam in the course.     However, many parents and students wait until way late into the course to think about acquiring a tutor.... read more

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High-stakes only means that if one passes the exam, one is "through the gate" and if one fails the exam, one must re-take the exam, at expense of time and money, as well as brain power.   That means that a student preparing for any high-stakes test must study diligently ahead of time to get prepared to take the test.  That might include going to a tutor for help, but... read more

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An ideal time to obtain tutoring is the month prior to the beginning of the new school year.  Tutoring at this time begins to orient the student's mind to the discipline of schoolwork.   Important concepts can be reviewed and strengthened, and new concepts can be anticipated and prepared for.  The student can be reminded of certain principles of learning and of proper school behavior... read more

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I so admire parents and students who decide to attend tutoring during summer vacation.  These are the folks who realize that they must put in effort and time to get the desired educational results.  They are not lazy.  They do what it takes.  This is an admirable trait in them, that they choose to attend tutoring during what could just be a lazy, relaxing time.  They bring... read more

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While in our everyday speech we may speak casually, for a student who wants to develop his intellect as much as possible, vocabulary should continually be built upon.  Any time a student encounters a word that is unfamiliar, that student should write that word down, look up its definition, and use it in a sentence.  Keeping a vocabulary notebook is a super idea for any student, even... read more

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Summer vacation from school, summer vacation with the family traveling someplace to enjoy summertime offers a great opportunity for children to learn about maps:  How to read maps, how to measure distances on maps, learning the shapes of state boundaries, learning the capital cities of each state, and learning how to follow along with the travel along a road, or in an airplane.     Even... read more

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For the summer, it is nice to be out of the confines of a classroom, and a bit more free than you are under the direction of a teacher.  Teach yourself this summer.  That is what Maya Angelou did.  She taught herself and she wrote over 30 books, and many poems.  One of her sayings was that if you spend your time trying to be normal, you will never realize your full potential... read more

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Many students do not realize that they need to invest time and focused personal study in order to pass challenging subjects such as Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Math, Chemistry, or AP English.     These classes need to be taught carefully, step by step, and the student needs to make sure they master each class before entering the next class.     Many students... read more

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During the School Holidays such as Spring Break, an ideal time presents itself for some special tutoring sessions for students who need some extra help with their school work.  There is no pressure from school assignments or tests, only the opportunity to advance in reading, math, vocabulary work, or geography.  Too few parents recognize this opportunity for their children to make educational... read more

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It's mid-January now.  Time to stop vacationing and get down to business, isn't it?     For students, that would mean things like learning the vocabulary and terminology of every subject they are studying, whether required by their instructor or not.  Learning the terminology -- how to spell the words, and what their meaning is in the context of that subject -- that... read more

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Every day, take a bit of time to read or study.  Maybe 30 to 60 minutes.  Read something that interests you, or better yet, read something you are totally unfamiliar with -- to expand your mind and expand your interests.  An interesting person is interested in things and interested in other people.  Stretch yourself to become interested in others outside of yourself.  Start... read more

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Getting too wrapped up in the holidays is a way not to keep your brain sharp.  Today we tend to make the period from Hallowe'en through New Years one long holiday.  Of course, we have a holiday spirit in this time period, but we, as students, should also recognize that there will be some free time during this holiday time and that we ought to utilize some of that free time to study a... read more

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