The short summer semester means that finals come around faster, and there is less time to work on term papers. The tutor has to help a lot of people in a very short time. It’s a lot of Pressure.
Using the midterm break to create educational videos – instructional design is fun. Grammar is boring, games are fun: Capture the Butterflies if they are attached to grammatically correct sentences. YAY YOU GOT IT RIGHT! APPLAUSE!!!!!!!! System crash: Goodby, work. But I have used computers before, and I know they do this. So I was… Read More Crash
contemplating student debt… Seriously, it’s no wonder that college grads can’t buy houses. They already mortgaged their future for an education.
Many people find math difficult … but painful? Surprisingly, yes. (Img src: Shutterstock) The Public Library of Science journal PLOS One article title said it all. Read the article if you’re up for the ouchies. Surprisingly, brain scans show that ANTICIPATION hurts worse than doing the actual math. Math Anxiety Predicts Pain Network Activation in… Read More Tutor vs the Terror which is Math
Why, I say WHY, does the Spring Semester start in February? It’s too cold to be Spring. So, Poetry: Bonus if you know who wrote it! The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house All that cold cold wet day
Student: Why isn’t the on-line test working, it’s not working right! Me: Did you do the on-line tutorial? Student: Yeah, yeah, and now the test isn’t working! The stupid machine is so old! Me: *checks computer* seems OK. Student: This isn’t working! *using many many words. * Student: *continues to complain* Me: Student, if you… Read More Student So Wise
It is the middle of November. Nature: “Baby, it’s old outside.” The school building has problems with the heat. They should send everyone home, instead of everyone sitting in their coats. I have heard a lot of conversations about how American Culture has changed from romantic pressure being normal to romantic pressure being… Read More Happy November
… Because There Can be Only One, right? There can only ever be ONE RIGHT ANSWER. Argh. Variations on There Can be Only One I tried hard to be able to come to New York. Immigrating was not easy. I had to work hard to immigrate. It took a lot of effort to immigrate. Only… Read More The One True Way of Rephrasing
Telling an angry or upset person to keep calm has worked approximately zero percent of the time. A line that actually works for me is, “I need you to speak clearly long enough to let me know what’s going on.” It’s amazing how many people are willing to let go of their rage if they… Read More Hi, Angry Student, Calm Down!
Writing is hard: True fact. You have to organize your thoughts more clearly than if you were just talking, because when you talk you can backtrack and fill in details that you left out. Writing has to be more organized than that. The first draft is allowed to be a mess! Student tried to get… Read More The Dreaded First Draft