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Do I Need a Tutor?

You may be struggling in school and feel like a failure. You may have big academic goals and feel like you need help in reaching them. Could a tutor help? Would it be worth the cost in time and money?
Since ancient times, skills and knowledge have been passed on through one-on-one instruction, and this kind of education is as effective today as it has always been. Much of what we learn best is learned from individual instruction, whether it be from parents, grandparents, mentors, friends, co-workers, or teachers. We each have unique needs and ways of learning, and tutoring taps into this effective method of teaching and learning. As a high school teacher and owner of a tutor referral service, I have seen it: the more individualized the instruction, the better.
Tutoring can always improve learning, but this does not mean every student should have a tutor. Hiring a tutor is an investment, and like any investment, the costs must be weighed against the benefits. There are at least three important questions to consider when deciding whether to get a tutor.
The first is obvious: How well you are currently performing in school? A tutor can make the difference between passing and failing, graduating and not graduating, and of course, tutoring is an important option in such cases. If you are already doing well, you may not need a tutor. But that depends on what level of performance is acceptable to you. A tutor can help make the difference between a B and an A, and this can also be a good reason to get a tutor.
The second consideration is your motivational level. Are you really trying? Are you willing to put real effort into learning? Is improvement really important to you? No matter what your reason for seeking a tutor, it is unlikely to help if you are not motivated or not really trying. Before you call for a tutor, look inside yourself and ask whether you really want to do better, and how badly you want it. If you are having trouble with motivation, a tutor may be able to help, but he or she will need to start by working on your motivation and goals, rather than math, English, or other subjects. Before you can improve your grades, you have to want to do so. Tutoring is not a magic pill. The tutor cannot upload the understandings and skills into your mind. He or she is there to help you acquire your own skills and understanding. That requires your action.
I believe that every person is a powerful individual with tremendous potential for personal fulfillment. But if you don’t believe that about yourself, or you don’t believe you can or should do anything about it, you will struggle with motivation. This is what psychologist Nathaniel Branden calls self-esteem, and it is a good place to start if you are struggling with motivation. You have the power and the right to improve your life.
But what if you have healthy self-esteem and yet remain unmotivated? This is possible, because the question of motivation is closely tied to the next one: What are your goals? If you are not motivated to perform in school, it may be because you simply value something else more highly. What are your goals and priorities in life? If you have never answered these questions, now is the time to start. You may find that answering this question solves the rest of the problems automatically.
The tutor cannot answer this for you. Only you know what you want out of life. For many people, fogginess about goals and priorities automatically leads to struggles with motivation. So, set some goals. Read Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (or Sean Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens), and do some real soul-searching. “Know thyself,” as Socrates put it. A tutor or mentor can help you sort it out.
Setting goals will help answer the question of how well you need to do in school. For many colleges and universities, C’s and B’s may not be acceptable, and straight A’s may help you stand out. If college is not in your plans, you will still want to do well in school, but you may want to balance schoolwork with other preparations: starting a business, learning a trade, or building your own vocation. And even if college is your goal, you may need to balance schoolwork with other important tasks like a job, family responsibilities or college scholarship applications. Tutoring takes time, and the more work you put into it, the more you will get out. You may need to reevaluate your priorities and reassess your whole schedule. A tutor or mentor can help you to sort out these issues, set goals and clear …

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A Reading Tutor For A Solid Foundation

Reading is without a doubt the single most important skill when it comes to learning. It is the most basic foundational element upon which all other learning is based. In the distant past an oral tradition existed, all knowledge was passed on through word of mouth because very few people knew how to read and write, and learning took place for the most part by listening. Today it is just the opposite, almost everyone knows how to read and write and the written word has become the normal method of passing on knowledge and learning. A reading tutor can help provide this solid foundation upon which a lifetime of learning can be built.
A firm grasp on being able to read and to comprehend what is read is at the heart of learning. The introduction of the internet and of electronic forms of books has many educators worried that writing may become a thing of the past and that instead of learning to write when you start school you will be taught how to type, but the need to know how to read well will not be going the same way anytime soon and reading will remain the most important tool in learning. A reading tutor can help a student to improve this tool and learn to use it in better ways to improve the learning process.
Comprehending what you read and being able to retain that information is almost as important as being able to read the information in the first place. Learning is in essence nothing more that consuming information, understanding what that information means, and being able to remember that information and correctly apply it when the situation arises that requires that information. It takes the total package in order to successfully learn. Without all three steps taking place there is no learning, leaving any one of them out will cause a short circuit leading to confusion rather than to learning. A reading tutor can teach your child methods for increasing his reading comprehension.
Reading, however, can be about more than just learning. Reading can be a wonderfully relaxing leisure time activity where a person can become immersed in other worlds and other people’s lives and explore subjects that they find fascinating. Imaginations can be stimulated and the thirst for adventure slaked without ever having to leave your house. All of the collected knowledge of mankind can be found and experienced in a book somewhere.
Unfortunately, the older a person gets the less likely it is that he will reach out and seek help for any difficulties that he may have with reading. As a person ages the fear of ridicule for a problem that should have been corrected when they were a child increases and that fear keeps many people who could benefit from a reading tutor from seeking assistance. As soon as you suspect that your child may be having problems with reading it is important for you to get him the help that he needs to overcome those problems. A reading tutor should be a consideration for every child.…

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HSC Tutoring – Tips for Success in Your HSC Trial Exams

At the time of writing this article, we’re in the middle of term 2. Most year 12 students have their HSC trial exams in early term 3, which means while there’s still (almost) an entire term left, it’s about time students begin to prepare specifically for their trial exams.
Learn to use the HSC Standards Packages
For almost all HSC subjects, the Board of Studies has standards packages publicly available for students to read We recommend students look at the standards packages for their subjects – they will give you an idea of the quality required for a band 6 response. Standards packages are particularly useful for humanities subjects like HSC English where your expression and writing style also come into play. Get a feeling of what’s acceptable expression, and details like general paragraph length, the way literary techniques are referenced, how often a text is quoted and the length of quotes etc. Even if technically your knowledge is as good as anyone’s, a poorly structured essay (where you use poor expression, or reference the text in superficial ways or spend too much time on insignificant points etc) will mean the difference between a band 4/5 and a band 6.
Familiarity with the standards packages will also help with subjects like HSC Chemistry, Physics, Biology and the social sciences (Economics, Business Studies etc). In the case of the HSC Sciences, they give you fresh ideas of novel, acceptable ways of structuring your answer. Some questions can be fully answered in terms of a table or as a dot-point list (e.g. identify / outline questions). Also note the details featured in diagrams / graphs – full marks are given to students that remember details such as labelling the axes, or drawing a line / curve of best fit properly (ignoring outliers in appropriate situations) and being able to justify the choices made.
HSC sciences – always refer to the syllabus
HSC sciences like Chemistry, Physics and Biology, are prescriptive by nature. This means the syllabus tells you exactly what you need to know, content wise, and does a great job at that. While studying for these subjects, it’s always a good idea to have the syllabus in front of you, printed or on your computer screen. The dot-points give you a clear picture of what you need to know, and the scope to which you need to know each aspect of the course. For example, if a dot-point requires you to merely identify the qualitative aspects, this means you only need to be able to name the aspects it’s referring to, and qualitative means you won’t be required to do calculations on them.
Another reason is some syllabus dot-points are worded as if they are paraphrased exam questions. This is particularly true for dot-points requiring you to ‘Discuss the impacts on society of…” or “Assess the environmental impact of…”. You very well might get an exam question, worth around 7 marks, that basically asks you to demonstrate your entire understanding of one of those dot-points if they ask you in a general way.
Be careful for internal assessments however, as school teachers are known to set exam questions that are dubious in terms of whether they fit within the scope of the syllabus, so you must also cross reference your own materials with the notes given by your school teacher to make sure all gaps are covered.
HSC Maths – only do exam questions
When it comes to maths, exam questions and textbook questions aren’t the same. The former type are often are structured as a compound question with several subparts. Exam question are often designed with deeper consideration, and incorporates more unique aspects of mathematics (e.g. in Maths Extension 2 question 7 and 8). In contrast, textbook questions can get repetitive and give you a false sense of security. Because textbook questions lack variation in style, once you master the several types of questions it contains and are able to do its exercises, this does not mean you’ve experienced all types of questions an exam can throw at you, particularly if you go to a school that has a talented maths department.
There’s a limitation on the types of questions for each topic an exam can throw at you. If you do Maths Extension 1 and 2, it also takes great effort and skill to design a truly novel and unique maths question at that level. As an industry insider (yes I’m a teacher) I can tell you that many schools simply take exam questions from past papers of other schools. When I did my HSC Maths Extension 2, I actively sought out past trial papers from top private and selective schools for practice before my HSC trials. What I noticed was in one year, say 2002, there would be …

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How to Make Money Tutoring Students

No matter if you are still holding a regular teaching job in a school or have already retired from an active teaching profession, you can make money by tutoring students. Sometimes, this type of calling is more fruitful than teaching in a school. Tutoring students is your chance to apply your teaching technique to it fullest. And because personal treatment is considerably more enhanced in the interaction between a private tutor and a student, students often tend to learn better from tutoring than in the classroom.
There are many ways for you to make money and announce yourself as a tutor in the community you live in. One way is to identify children in your community who are not achievers. If you taught at the community school, this should not be difficult to do. In case you know the parents of the children in question, you can nicely open up the topic on one of the occasions that you meet with one another in a social gathering, whether during Sunday worship or at school programs.
When you start to make money tutoring, you will discover the subjects you are really good at teaching. Little by little, enhance your techniques and methods for improving student comprehension. Remember the success of your tutorial program will determine if you are going to continue to make money and more money at that from your tutorials.
Very often too, tutors learn as they make money. In fact, some tutors claim that they learn more than their students. This is because with every school year, new knowledge is cropping up for subjects, new techniques are discovered and old methods are improved in teaching. To make money on tutoring involves constantly updating yourself on the subjects you cover. This ensures that your methods and your knowledge do not fall behind and below the level of the school’s.
In the matter of tutorial fees, you need to make money using the current rates among people engaged in the same thing. Try to keep your rates at the safe median or average level. You have to be competitive but never astute. Your rates should not give people the idea that you are making a business instead of a living of tutoring. The fees you charge should make money but not be an issue. People will want to send their children to you because of the effectiveness of your tutorial methods, not because of your prices.
Additionally you can conduct tutorials over the web. You might even organize classes via a video conference facility that can be installed on your computer and the computers of your students. This is an excellent alternative to house-to-house tutorials which only allow you to work with one student at a time. In this arrangement, you can deal with four or five students at the same time, thus giving you more time to devote to personal matters the rest of the day. However, to reinforce the learning of the students, you should have personal consultations once a week.
On that last note, you might even say that to make money tutoring on the web is a better alternative to teaching in school and could develop to a full blown business for you.…

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Online Tutoring is a Perfect Solution For Educating People

The main theme of this online tutoring is to spread the wave of education among all the people in the world. The teachers who take part in this online tutoring are elegantly qualified and tremendously experienced. They are academicians attached to renowned college or institutions in various universities across the world. They are very able at providing the training to students as per the choice of the subjects made by the students
There are some essentials in running the programs of online leaning efficiently. Teachers have to take the help of audio, video and other multi media facilities to communicate with the students to make the subject worthy to understand. They create befitting study programs for individuals so that the particular student gets the benefit of this distance learning program. Students continue to receive the study materials to ease their way of learning.
The teachers take the help of great libraries to make students understand a subject profoundly. There is the provision of recording each session of learning. This is done for the benefit of students who lag behind the program schedule but are able to catch up with the program by going through the recorded sessions. These recorded sessions are also useful for students to rectify their flaws or get the missing part of the program.
This process of learning has helped many people to satisfy their desire to get educated and learn a new subject or a new language. The learner is able to make a self analysis of his own capability of learning and therefore can improve perfectly. The programs are so designed to include varieties of programs like group discussion, learning sessions in groups and the use of multi media learning.
The chief aim of the online tutoring is to educate the community and structure the social standings of several societies to benefit the people at large. The society retains the continuous development process with the help of this process of education. This increases the managerial capabilities in individuals who are already holding such positions in various organizations.
This is the way to receive higher education for desiring candidates. This is a recognized process identified by most students and teachers as well. The guidance that is provided by an expert to an adult individual is helpful in increasing the efficiency of the student individual and he is able to enjoy the developed status in the society.
This is somewhat different than the teaching process of face to face. The time is a little bit longer to arrange a group discussion session as students come from various societies and backgrounds with diverse frames of free time for the online tutoring.…

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Look and Say Sequence – How to Solve

The “Look and Say Sequence” is not a typical numerical sequence.
Examples of typical numerical sequences are: arithmetic progression, geometric progression, Fibonacci sequence, etc.
However, although they appear to be at first glance, none of three examples shown below are numerical sequences.
All three examples fall into a class of NON-MATHEMATICAL progressions known as a “LOOK and SAY SEQUENCE”.
Example 1: Look and Say Sequence
1
11
21
1211
111221
312211
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Example 2: Look and Say Sequence
2
12
1112
3112
132112
1113122112
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Example 3: Look and Say Sequence
99
29
1219
11121119
31123119
132112132119
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The nth value in these progressions is not computed using a mathematical formula. Instead, every number in the sequence is determined by reading the n+1 value “out loud”.
The “Look and Say Sequence” can be demonstrated using the first example:
(Note: an algorithm can be developed mimic this process.)
1
11
21
1211
111221
312211
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Read any of the numbers out loud. This will describe the previous entry in the sequence.
With the exception of the first entry, every value consists of “pairs of numbers”.
For example, row 5 consists of the following three pairs of numbers: “11”, “12”, and “21”.
The first number in each pair describes how many times the second number is repeated in the previous number in the sequence.
To find the fourth number in the sequence, read the pairs of numbers in fifth number in the sequence, one pair at a time.
11 should be read “one 1”
12 should be read “one 2”
21 should be read “two 1’s”
Fourth (the previous number) is: 1211
The entire sequence can be developed as follows
1
This is the beginning of the sequence. It is not necessary to read the 1st row aloud.
11
Read the pairs of numbers in the 2nd row out loud to describe the 1st (previous) row.
The first number in each pair tells you how many times the second number in the pair appears in the previous row.
Number pairs: “11”
Read as: “One 1”
Row one (the first number in the sequence) is: 1
21
Read the pairs of numbers in the 3rd row out loud to describe the 2nd (previous) row.
The first number in each pair tells you how many times the second number in the pair appears in the previous row.
Number pairs: “21”
Read as: “Two 1’s”
Row two (the second number in the sequence) is: 11
1211
Read the pairs of numbers in the 4th row out loud to describe the 3rd (previous) row.
The first number in each pair tells you how many times the second number in the pair appears in the previous row.
Number pairs: “12”, and “11”
Read as: “One 2, One 1”
Row three (the third number in the sequence) is: 21
111221
Read the pairs of numbers in the 5th row out loud to describe the 4th (previous) row.
The first number in each pair tells you how many times the second number in the pair appears in the previous row.
Number pairs: “11”, “12”, and “21”
Read as: “One 1, One 2, Two 1’s”
Row four (the fourth number in the sequence) is: 1211
312211
Read the pairs of numbers in the 6th row out loud to describe the 5th (previous) row.
The first number in each pair tells you how many times the second number in the pair appears in the previous row.
Number pairs: “31”, “22”, and “11”
Read as: “Three 1’s, One 2’s, One 1”
Row five (the fifth number in the sequence) is: 111221
7th row: SEQUENCE UNKNOWN
work backwards
The sequence in the 6th (previous) row is known
Sixth (previous) row: 312211
Therefore, the verbal description of the 7th row should be:
Read as: “One 3”, “One 1”, “Two 2’s”, “Two 1’s”
Therefore, the number sequence for the 7th row is: 13 11 22 21
The sequence, including the 7th value, is:
1
11
21
1211
111221
312211
13112221…

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The Whole Truth About SAT Tutoring

Preparing for the SAT examination can be a trying experience. It requires months of dedication, perseverance and serious study, no matter how adept you are at problem solving. The design of the test requires you to be conversant with all subjects, and also have a flair for handling topics and writing objective essays.
If you are looking for a tutor to help with preparations for the SAT examination, it is best to understand where you stand, and what you are looking for from the tutoring. Finding a local tutor can save a lot of traveling time. You must understand how comfortable you are with the subjects involved, and have an assessment of the level you are looking to attain with coaching.
The first thing you must understand when looking for SAT tutoring is that you cannot get a certain formula which can be followed to master the test. The fundamental of this examination is an understanding of the concepts and their application. There is nothing that can simply be committed to memory to give you sure results.
Tutoring can certainly help you a great deal. There is a lot of advice and guidance that can be sought when you are in doubt and have troubles with certain topics of a subject. Fundamentals and theories can be explained and you can be given more exposure and practice to help you attain a greater level of comfort.
When you seek the assistance of a tutor, there is a very clear picture that you will have on the nature of questions that can be posed. You will understand the relevance of different topics in the examination, and have a better approach to how you must deal with topics. SAT tutoring can also help you with your essays and reading comprehensions. These two sections can only be mastered with practice, which the tutor is well equipped to give you. SAT tutoring is designed to expose you to more likely situations and questions.
The SAT examination is a time bound exam. There is only a limited time frame within which all questions must be attempted. Tutoring will help you practice answering questions in the same constraint and give you an idea of how successful you have been. This practice is bound to stand you in good stead. You will notice that the guidance given by your tutor in conjunction with your own diligence and hard work will start to pay off in time. It is easy to better your performance with a judicious mix of the two.
It is important to do your own groundwork and not rely on the tutor entirely. Give the SAT tutor their due, but make sure that you also supplement this with your own efforts. While the tutor is your guiding force and can help improve your performance, it is certainly not enough to rely on sessions with the tutor alone to make a success of the SAT exam. You must take it seriously and you are almost certain to make a career for yourself.…