July 25, 2007

The New SAT and what you can do to Prepare

By Cheryl Feuer Gedzelman, MA

(January 2005 issue of Washington Parent)

More young adults than ever are now going to four-year colleges.  While having good grades and recommendations, participating in extra-curricular activities, and volunteering are important, the SAT is the one objective factor for colleges to compare students from a wide diversity of high schools.
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Filed under: High School,Home Schooling,Study Tools,Test Prep

July 23, 2007

Technotes – Mathematics

By Brian Benzinger

  • Calcoolate: Calcoolate provides users with a simple calculator with advanced expression support, mathematic functions, and history for viewing past calculations.
  • Calcr: Similar to Calcoolate, Calcr is a web-based calculator with mathematic expression and function support as well as history logging in a very minimalist design.
  • Create a Graph: Create a Graph is a free tool by Students’ Classroom that aims to make it easy for students to create bar graphs, line graphs, area graphs, pie charts, and point graphs. Navigate through its easy to understand visual interface to add data and customize graphs.
  • e-Tutor Graphing Calculator: Advanced web-based graphing calculator allowing students to enter one or more equations and view them with position/intersection indicators and zooming functionality.


Journal Reference: Brian Benzinger, Solution Watch, Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1. 
Retrieved on 3/30/07

Filed under: Home Schooling,Small Private Practices,Technology,TechNotes

July 21, 2007

Promoting The Love Of Reading

By Cheryl Feuer Gedzelman, MA

School was always easy for Austin. He understands his homework, completes it smoothly, and then hangs out with his friends. His brother, Pete, is envious. He struggles through his homework, so that it takes him twice as long as his brother to complete it, year after year. Both know that intelligence isn’t the issue. Pete’s verbal and analytical abilities are superb. There is a very simple reason for schoolwork being easier for Austin. He is an avid reader. He reads for pleasure every day – novels, magazines, newspapers, and biographies. Since reading is so second-nature to him, he can easily read and understand everything that comes his way. Because schoolwork is all about reading, he is at home doing it. Pete is very good at basketball. He shoots baskets in his driveway every day and plays with neighborhood friends several times a week. He outperforms his brother, who rarely plays. But Pete does not read for pleasure. He only reads what is required for school. Like basketball, to be a good reader requires practice. The most significant predictor of success in school is the habit of reading for pleasure.
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Filed under: Home Schooling,Small Private Practices,Tutoring Practices

July 19, 2007

Technotes – Resume Building

By  Brian Benzinger

  1. Emurse: Great service built for job hunters that want to create, send, and share a professional resume. Users can view their resume’s statistics, send out their resume via fax and ground mail, and receive a public or private web address. One of my favorite applications of the year. More on Emurse.
  2. hResume Creator: Helpful tool for the tech savvy crowd that want to create a Microformat compatible resume for their website. Simply fill out the hResume form covering basic resume information and retrieve an HTML file which you can use to copy-n-paste into your website. You can then style the resume as you wish with basic CSS if your not thrilled with the default appearance.
  3. Amiko: Amiko does not appear to work or be officially launched yet, but I have been keeping an eye on it for the last month or so and hope to try it out soon. It appears to be a service that allows users to create and manage an online resume although it’s feature set does not look all that promising compared to Emurse. Note: The signup form doesn’t seem to work for me and I’ve tried reporting it as a bug, but the bug form did not work either. I’ll keep my eye on it.


Journal Reference: Brian Benzinger, Solution Watch, Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1. 
Retrieved on 3/30/07



Filed under: Admin/Management,Peer-Tutoring,Technology,TechNotes

July 17, 2007

Certify? Certainly!

by NTA Certification Committee

As tutoring becomes more and more accepted as a means to academic success, national and international certification becomes more and more important. The purpose of the National Tutoring Association (NTA) Certification Program is to establish quality standards for training peer and professional tutors.

This is of paramount importance if the profession of tutoring is to continue to grow. Years of research and practice have shown what works in tutoring and what doesn’t. If standards are not established and maintained, untrained and unskilled tutors will give tutoring a bad name. The student won’t say, “He was a bad tutor.” He or she will say, “Tutoring is a waste of time. It doesn’t work.”
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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Associations,College,Community,High School,K-8,Peer-Tutoring,Small Private Practices

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