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In response to Wyzant's question, "How should students prepare to go back to school if they only have a few minutes to spare each day," I say focus on time management. How are you going to keep track of assignments? How are you going to remember your homework? When are you going to study for tests? How are you going to keep on top of long term projects without procrastinating?    If you don't have a calendar or daily planner, get one. You need to put all your assignments for all your classes in one place. Not needing to look in six different places to find out what you need to do for homework each night will save you a great deal of time. All homework assignments should be in the same place.   The same is true for homework sheets and papers; they should be in the same place. You should have a folder or a front pocket of a 3-ring binder that is dedicated only to homework papers. If you use a folder, you can use one side for worksheets still to... read more

Despite the title of this post, I’m not actually suggesting that parents hire an SAT tutor for their preschoolers or that they drill their preschool children on SAT practice questions. Rather, I’m suggesting there is one important skill essential to doing well on the SAT that is a lifelong skill and should be started early: vocabulary building. The average SAT test preparation book contains about 2,000 vocabulary words to study. If your child has an especially poor vocabulary in high school, hiring a tutor three months before the SATs will only do so much. Creating a good vocabulary must start as early as possible. Helping your preschooler develop a good vocabulary doesn’t mean using flash cards or lists of vocabulary words. The best way to learn new words is through exposure to them. Baby talk has its place, of course. When babies and toddlers are first learning to talk, listening to baby talk encourages them to imitate basic sounds that make up our language. However, once your... read more

My schedule is almost full, but I do have afternoons (before 6pm) on Thursday and all afternoon/evening on Friday. For home schooled or adult students, I also have morning hours available every weekday.

Because I sometimes have students who have ADHD, I have begun some online training through (CHildren And Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder). I have just completed the 1-hour course titled "What Every Parent & Professional Must Know About ADD & AD/HD." My certificate is available upon request. I intend to take similar courses through CHADD and post updates about my certificates on my blog and profile.

WyzAnt asked for five tips for students to survive the summer slump. Here are mine. 1) Read anything! You'll suffer in all of your classes in the fall if your reading skills get rusty. Also, this is your chance to read something just for fun. 2) Take notes on assigned reading. If you have assigned summer reading and you have a problem with not remembering what you've read, write your thoughts down every once in a while. What is going on in the book? Has a new character been introduced? What do you think of it so far? Don't forget to look up and write down definitions of words you don't know. That's a good way to expand your vocabulary! 3) Think about starting a blog. A blog is a good way to practice writing. Don't know what to write about? Try writing a review of that movie you just saw or your favorite television show. 4) Keep up on current events. If you don't like reading newspapers, you can try reading it online or watching the news on television. If... read more

Good news! I have decided to tutor full time. Working as a preschool teacher was fun for a while, but I decided now is the time to pursue my dream of expanding my tutoring services. My availability this fall for afternoons and evenings will include Mondays and Wednesdays. (On other weekdays, I have current students.) I also have Sundays until 3pm. Are you a homeschooling parent, GED student, or college student with no morning classes? I have morning to early afternoon hours open every weekday! Just send me an email through WyzAnt to learn more.

Because my availability keeps changing, I've decided to post it on my blog instead of continually updating my profile. From June to the middle of August tutoring will be my only job, and so I will have more availability during the week than I did before. Some of my current students are taking vacations for all or parts of June, which means I have more time available in June. In addition, I've been approved for online tutoring, which should also help. Times when I will definitely not be available include Tuesdays after 4pm and Thursdays after 6pm. If you have any questions about this, please send me a WyzAnt email!

I am now a member of the National Tutoring Association! This is just a short post announcing my membership. If you want to know more information about the National Tutoring Association, please see

Choosing your words carefully when you write is more important than you might think. A poorly chosen word can completely change the message you are trying to get across. The same word can have multiple definitions. If you forget this, it could undermine the point you are trying to make. I found a great example of this while eating at a fast food restaurant. Hanging on the wall was a poster of a woman smiling. The caption said, “Face it…you want a job that makes you smile!” That immediately reminded me of the fact that in customer service jobs, workers are required to be friendly and smile at the customers! Given that this was a restaurant, the word “makes” was poorly chosen. Clearly, the caption writer wanted to communicate the idea that working in that restaurant is a pleasant experience. However, because the wrong word was chosen, the poster instead highlights an unpleasant aspect of customer service work: being compelled to fake a smile in order to keep your job. So what... read more

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