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How to Score a 5 on the AP Statistics Exam
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Forget Boring Math Problems - Try These Online Math Games!
When you're trying to drive home key math concepts, making the repetition and practice into a game can help keep things interesting and fun! While there are a multitude of math games that involve one or more players and some simple props, there are also plenty of online math games to check out. Playing a computer game online can help break the monotony a bit by switching mediums from card games. Listed below are a few websites that are worth checking out when you're looking for online math games
How to Get Help Paying Your Pricey GMAT Fees
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Learning by Doing: Ways to Study as a Kinesthetic Learner
Do you learn best with a hands-on approach? Learn about the most effective kinesthetic learning strategies in this guest post by New Milford, NJ teacher Matthew H... In a previous post on study skills for high school students, I discussed some of the different learning styles that work best for different people. Sometimes, a student can even be a mixture of two or more types of learner. As a result, the way you approach studying should reflect the way that your body and mind proc
4 Simple Steps to Writing an Exceptional Research Paper
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How to Find the Right Tutor for Special Needs Students
Do you have a child with special needs, and want to find the right tutor to assist him or her with schoolwork? Here, New Milford, NJ tutor Matthew H. offers a few tips for how to find the right tutor... Children and adults with special needs make up a large spectrum of individuals with unique situations ranging from severe developmental disorders and behavioral issues to mild learning disabilities. Private lessons should be made available for all types of learners, from the most a
Algebra Equations - How to Solve Them | TakeLessons Blog
Algebra. The word may strike fear in the hearts of some who read this, but we promise, solving algebra math equations isn’t as hard as it sounds! This tutorial will show you how to solve algebraic equations, complete with equation examples and their solutions. You might wonder, “when will I ever need to solve even simple algebra equations in real life?” Math in general and algebra specifically come in handy if you plan to become a: Scientist Teacher Computer Programmer
How to Be Successful in Creative Writing | TakeLessons Blog
Lots of new (and even seasoned) writers wonder how to be successful in creative writing. When I first started my writing journey, I had lots of great ideas, but I could never get them down on paper or on a word document. I was always nervous that I was doing things wrong and couldn’t tap into my full potential as a writer. Today, I’m going to give you a few pointers on how to not only be confident in your creative writing, but how to be successful as well. What is Creative Writing? All wri
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Learning By Listening: Ways to Study As an Auditory Learner
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9 Places to Find Free, Cool Math Games Online
Looking for cool math games to keep your kids busy and learning, while having fun at the same time? Check out our favorite websites and resources, compiled by Dallas, TX tutor Kristin S.: Do your kids groan when they hear the word "math?" Is it impossible for them to even imagine doing math outside of school, let alone enjoying it? Check out these fun (and free!) cool math games free from Math-Play.com, and use them during the summer to keep your kids mentally sharp, or strengthen
What is Algebraic Expression | TakeLessons Blog
Who doesn’t like a good mystery? Challenges like “whodunnits” exercise our brains, make us think, and give us a feeling of reward when we get the right answer. Math has its own whodunnit in the form of algebraic expression. In terms of algebraic expression mysteries, you’re not looking for an answer such as, “the butler did it,” but instead trying to find a number that’s not immediately apparent. Solving the mystery of “what is algebraic expression?” is an exe
Writing Tips for Kids: How to Think of Great Story Ideas
One of the most common obstacles for a writer is the ability to come up with story ideas. Though all children, and adults for that matter, have them lodged somewhere in their brains, the trick is getting them out and on paper. So what are the best writing tips for kids to release their inner Shakespeare and develop a great plot line? Here are a few ideas to try out... Draw on real life experiences. One of the best writing tips for kids for finding great story ideas is to draw on rea
What is a Controlled Variable in Science? | TakeLessons Blog
In order to make new discoveries about science, you must first learn how to set up an experiment. There are many ways to perform experiments and test theories, but some components of scientific discovery are always required. A controlled variable is not of interest in the target of a study. A controlled variable would ideally hold no impact on the results and take away from a study. However, control variables have a large impact on the validity of a study’s findings. Controlled vari
Storytelling Techniques: Writing Prompts for Kids
Writing and storytelling are great skills to teach your children. Parents and teachers alike can instill the love of storytelling in children to enhance their language skills, encourage reading, and stir their imagination. The trick, though, is to understand the roadblocks that kids may face and the storytelling techniques that help them overcome these issues. Common Roadblocks Fear of public speaking: This fear is common in adults and children alike. If you can get children comfortable
The 4 Most Common Admissions Essay Topics (and How to Approach Them)
Are you getting your college applications ready? In most cases, you'll need a copy of your transcript, letters of recommendation, and the often-dreaded admissions essay. To make the process a little easier, read on as Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some of the most common admissions essay topics you might run into... College admissions essays act as the human element in the otherwise statistic-driven admissions process. Where test scores and GPAs could easily be evaluated
How to Score a 5 on the AP Environmental Science Exam
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How to Write a Good Thesis: What You Need to Know
Remember learning about writing your thesis statement? It can be difficult to get just right, even for the best writers! Here, online tutor Lourdes C. cuts through the confusion with her simple guide to how to write a good thesis: A thesis - your worst nightmare, and the second highest cause of college breakdowns, next to heartbreak. You get this every class. You think you know how to think, you think you know how to write, then your instructor gives you a handout that requires a "research-
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How Important are Public Speaking Skills for Kids?
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Derivative in Math - Explanation with Examples | TakeLessons Blog
When discussing creative writing, saying something is “derivative” implies that there wasn’t much thought put in, and the writer copied ideas from other works. In math, derivative equations aren’t equations that suggest a lack of imagination but rather help find the average slope between two points. Derivative math problems can range from “hey, that’s not so hard” to “when did math become all letters and symbols?” This article will discuss how to calculate derivatives
8 Awesome Resources to Help You Improve Your Writing Skills
There are so many websites, books, and other resources to help you improve writing skills, study skills, and more. Here are 8 awesome ideas from San Diego, CA tutor Natalie S... Beginning and completing a piece of writing can be a scary process. To some students, it may feel like there are a lot of unknown variables. It takes a long time to outline an essay. It requires a lot of brainstorming and organization. There isn’t a specific formula. There isn’t a right or a wrong, just a subject
College Success Tips: 5 Practical Ways to Get Ahead
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3 Tricks for SAT Math Problems with Student-Produced Responses
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Do Middle School Grades Matter? Answers for Parents
That’s a curious question and probably wouldn’t have crossed your mind before this past year. But after navigating virtual and hybrid learning, with some success and some not so successful results, you might be wondering, "do middle school grades matter, anyway?" Will colleges focus on middle school grades? Will they look that early in your child's education to decide whether or not to admit them to an educational program? Probably not. We all know how important high school grades are
Want to Be an Author? 5 Writing Skills You Need to Master
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5 Strategies for Developing Writing Skills
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How to Solve Quadratic Equations Without Melting Your Brain
So you're studying for a test and you come across the equation x^2 + bx = c. What do you do? How do you solve it? It can seem daunting, but with a few simple steps, you can easily solve any quadratic equation. Algebraic equations can look pretty puzzling, especially if you don't consider yourself a math person or if it has been a long time since you worked one out for yourself. If you're struggling with quadratic equations, or need a quick review, we put this
How to Make Learning Fractions Fun for Kids
When you're trying to teach children about learning fractions, making it fun for them is important. Whether you're a responsible parent helping your child with homework problems, or a math tutor looking to spice up some lesson plans, incorporating some fun and creativity when learning fractions can help bring the level of understanding up quickly. Incorporate Games When fun is called for, you can't argue with educational games! The two are nearly synonymous! If you can line up a few games t
How to Be a Writer: Will A Writing Tutor Help Me?
Your favorite athletes all work with coaches. A football coach creates plays and helps players adapt to the game on the field. A swimming coach analyzes individual parts of the athlete's stroke to gain more speed in the pool. A gymnastics coach finds ways for the gymnast to add more grace and power to his or her routines. Just like these athletic coaches, a writing coach or tutor is an excellent asset as you work to develop your writing and rise above the competition. Just like athletic coaches
How to Use Distance Formula in Physics | TakeLessons Blog
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The Benefits of Distance Learning for Student Musicians
Nearly a year has passed since the pandemic transformed the way we all work, learn, and communicate with each other. The switch to an online operating system intimidated many of us at first and the learning curve was steep. Who had ever heard of Zoom or Microsoft Teams before March 2020? As a music teacher, I had only taught two virtual lessons prior to March 2020. After a few weeks of frustration during the adaptation period, I realized that distance learning offers many benefits. Switc
3 Techniques for Rethinking Test Prep
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How to Score a 5 on the AP World History Exam
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Reading Strategies for Middle School
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College Admissions 101: 9 Things That Give You an Edge
Are you starting to think about your dream college or university? Getting to college isn’t just about perfect grades. Check out these nine tips from online tutor Natalie S. to stand out from the crowd… Applying to college can sometimes be a daunting and scary process. There are so many things to consider when choosing the right schools, and on top of that there’s four years of prep work to do in order to even begin applying! We know what colleges look for in prospective students, and we
Learning By Seeing: Ways to Study as a Visual Learner
Do you learn best by seeing? Learn about the most effective visual learning strategies in this article by San Diego tutor Natalie S... We all know that people learn in various ways and use different processes to be successful. We've gone over how to study as an auditory learner and as a kinesthetic learner, for example. Now, we're going to offer some ideas for visual learning strategies. Check out our tips below to help you study in the most effective and efficient ways for you. 1) Stay
7 Fun Writing Prompts for Kids During Winter Break
Is winter weather and Christmas impatience taking its toll on your kids – and your sanity? Get their holiday-inspired, creative juices flowing – and banish the boredom - with these fun writing prompts for kids with a winter theme… Channel some Dickens. Have your child write a poem or a story featuring three different versions of themselves getting a Christmas wish granted: one in the present, one in the past, and one in the future. Make a parody. What’s your child’s favor
4 Online Calculators That Make Math Homework Easier
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Home Learning: Should I Continue Remote Education With My Child?
With apologies to Bob Dylan, the times they are a’ changing. And nowhere are they changing faster or with more potentially critical consequences than in education - both the public and private sectors - in-person versus home learning. Which is best? With vaccines being circulated, double-masking and social distancing being complicated by more virulent strains of COVID, the questions are getting more confusing rather than less. As more school districts open their doors for in-person classes, sh