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Learning a new language is fun when you succeed; more fun if you succeed at a greater challenge; and less fun if it turns out to be beyond you. But many students are satisfied learning just a little or setting any intermediate goal they wish. If you are a native English speaker, you will find that the official Chinese language, Mandarin, is in some ways simpler than your language and in some ways... read more

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My students know what makes me special. Here's why:   1. When I go to a session I try to wear something that somehow fits with the topic, and I explain it. For example, I have what I call "accounting shirts" that I wear for my accounting students. They look like they are printed on old-fashioned accounting paper and students are always amused to hear that the work was once... read more

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There are two types of children whose parents come to me for chess lessons: cerebral kids who have possibly already tried chess and have already beaten everyone in the household, and rambunctious, smart kids who need to learn focus. Sometimes, the same child has both characteristics.   Can learning chess change the very nature of a child? The answer is: No, not in any way that you... read more

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A lot of people ask me to improve their chess strategy, but is that the key to winning? What you need are both strategy (big picture) and tactics (small picture). Since everything keeps changing on the board and it is a long way to go to become a master chess player, tactics usually rule the day. When two possible tactical choices will give you equal results, then you look to which position... read more

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[Note that the main reason for this Answers section is to see how a particular tutor explains a subject. It's not intended to be a ready-made essay or homework help per se]   The central concept in investment risk minimization is diversification. It's the fancy term for the old saying,...

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Here is an easy way to understand the problem and to do the calculations. This a simultaneous equations problem. You are given both of them when you are told that there are six thousand seats of two kinds, which may be called X and Y; that the prices of the tickets are $25 and $40; and that the...

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I'm always a fan of more information rather than less. I do well tutoring both cost and financial accounting. Some tutors don't and they know it. If we qualify for these topics separately, we don't have to answer inquiries with, "Yes, I know one but not the other." That kind of clarity in place of wasted communications always benefits tutors. It also very much benefits students. When... read more

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Bassam,   The cut-off for the classification "current" is a one-year period.  In this case, the giveaway is the phrase "due in 2 years."  That would not be current.   Note also that accounts and sales tax need to paid within one year and they...

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1/3(x + 9) = 12 (answer)

    The question is 1/3 ( x + 9 ) = 12.  You want to find out the value of x. The way I sometimes teach the idea behind solving an equation is to first walk through it step-by-step in words: 1. This statement is telling you that one-third of the value of x + 9...

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Since English and it's counterpart Writing figure among my most important tutoring subjects, I am pleased to announce here that my new novel is now available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. In about eight weeks, it will be in stores. For those who wish to keep score, that makes two novels and one edited story collection out the door on top of my decades-long publishing history in magazines... read more

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September marks 40 years since I drew up my first lesson plan at the age of ten for an ESL student who needed help in English, reading comprehension, math and study skills. By then I was blessed with a college reading level and felt extremely fortunate to have a formal opportunity to volunteer in helping my slightly younger peers. By twenty a college had hired me to tutor the accounting material... read more