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I'm asked this question every so often.  When I was a student, I followed a general rule when it came to studying for a class.  For every hour I spent in class, I spent two hours studying or doing homework on my own.  I probably ended up spending more time than that for some classes but 2 hours to every 1 hour of class was my minimum.   Does every student follow this general rule?  Absolutely not!  Which is partly of the reason that keeps me busy as a tutor.  I have had students come to me, sit through a lesson, understand part of what they didn't understand before, then close their book when the lesson is over.  Other than sitting through the class lecture, when do you suppose they opened the book again?  The day I showed up for the next lesson.  Do you think that student succeeded on his upcoming exam?  Most likely, not.     The plain and simple truth that students must understand is that tutor lessons... read more

Several weeks ago, I caught an afternoon interview on CNBC with Carly Fiorino, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, on her thoughts on her former company’s ousting from the Dow Jones Industrial Average (the Dow).  For those of you that don’t know what the Dow is it’s the average cost of thirty industrial stocks used to give an indication of the stock market over time.  New stocks are often substituted of old ones when they’re considered important enough and Hewlett Packard stock is no longer considered one of those important stocks.   In Fiorina’s interview with CNBC she stated that, “Technology moves too quickly.  Sometimes companies can run out of time to turn around.  Competitive space is so intense that timeframes are shorter and shorter.  Great companies like Kodak ran out of time, Blackberry ran out of time.  Companies, even big companies, can run out of time to keep up and keep ahead. “ Fiorina’s September 13th... read more

I recently received the results of my Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W) Exam and am happy to report that I passed. I felt that it was necessary to share this information with readers because there's often a negative perception when it comes to tutors that are either not full time teachers or don't hold some type of teaching degree or certification. It is this perception that drives me to become as qualified as possible to teach students. I have a profile on another web site where last month, someone gave me a single star rating out of four stars and wrote a heading of "Not a Real Teacher". Now, no one likes negative reviews but this particular review bothered me for two reasons. First, the reviewer never hired me before. She therefore knows nothing about me or my services. Second, her information about me is inaccurate. Would someone who's not a real have taken and passed a statewide teaching skills test? Incidentally, because she posted a false statement... read more

1.     Overview: Working with what?! SQL  statements are divided into two languages: DDL and DML. We will review the code contained in these languages and apply it to some database tables. 2.     Review of Relational Databases Relational databases developed in 1970 by Dr. E.F. Codd. This type of database eliminated some of the problems that were associated with standard files and other database designs.  Why do we need Relational Databases? Many companies often start off collecting data by use of a spreadsheet like the one in the table below. Customer Number Customer Name Order Number Order Date Part Number Part Description Number Ordered Quoted Price Warehouse Rep Number 148 Al’s Appliance and Sport 21608 10/20/2013 AT94 Iron 11 $21... read more

We Fail So That We May Succeed The topic that I want to talk about this week is 'Failure'. A while back, I read an article in the December 2009 issue of Disc Jockey News entitled "Starting From Scratch" by Jeff Richards where failure was mentioned. In the article Richards states, "You only fail when you set limits upon yourself. When you have doubts about your abilities, you fail." I thought about this for a moment to determine whether this made sense. Do we always fail when we doubt our ability? Probably not but the article content of the article is to show how we can reduce our chances of failure if we remain confident in our ability to succeed. The way to stay confident is to not be afraid of failing at something. Failure is nothing that should be feared. It's part of our developing process. I've been on many projects in the past where assessments were conducted after a project was completed. During these assessments, we evauated what worked and... read more

While helping a student with Precalculus yesterday, I began to remember the challenges I once had with math courses in college. In high school, I breezed through math subjects like algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. That's when I really lovee math. I wish I could tell you that I breezed through all my college math classes but I can't. Let me tell you where I miscalculated. After high school I became an engineering science major at my local city university. Even though I eventually completed my degree, it did not come without hardship. In my freshman year, I got past all the basic math classes that I was familiar with. In my Sophmore year, I struggled to catch up to my peers several times. The mistake I made was taking a Precalculus with Calculus class in the Fall of my sophmore year. Having had no previous precalculus experience, I struggled to master both topics at the same time and I failed the class. The interesting thing about high level math classes is that everything... read more

The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a mandatory test that all military candidates must take before enlisting in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. The ASVAB currently contains 9 sections: -Word Knowledge (WK) -Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) -Mechanical Comprehension (MC) -Automotive and Shop Information (AS) -Electronics Information (EI) -Mathematics Knowledge (MK) -General Science (GS) -Paragraph Comprehension (PC) -Assembling Objects (AO) (New section as of 2002) Navy applicants also complete a Coding Speed (CS) section. There is no overall score for the ASVAB. When someone tells you that they received an 80 on their ASVAB, they're talking about their Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) percentile. Therefore, that person's score is 80 percent high than everyone else that took the test. The AFQT score is important because it determines whether or not you can join the military. The AFQT is made up of only... read more

Teaching has always been a passion of mine but it wasn’t until recently that I desired to make teaching a career. It was always my plan to contribute a number of years working for a private company then, after retirement, share my knowledge and experiences with younger generations by becoming a New York City public school teacher. That plan has changed and my desire to teach has come sooner due to several realizations. My first realization involves my desire for self improvement through teaching and my second realization involves my desire to contribute to the greater good of our society. I once attended a seminar where the presenter stated that we really truly excel as individuals we’re able to effectively pass our knowledge onto others. It’s one thing to understand a subject; it’s another thing to be able to teach that subject. This is what he referred to as being a true “superstar” and what many people refer to as “becoming an expert”. Ever since that seminar, I had never... read more

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