Getting a bad teacher is always unfortunate, but you can still learn the material & manage to ace the exams! Even if they don’t teach you anything, they still might have resources you can use, and there are plenty of other ways to take your learning into your own hands.

Get resources from the teacher!

  1. Ask for a textbook to take home. If you don’t have a book or something similar, ask for your own book, an online textbook, or another resource that you can learn from.
  2. Get worksheets and practice problems. Teachers usually have really good resources, even if they aren’t good at what they do. Get relevant worksheets, online recommendations, or other resources.
  3. See if you can get help during free time. Ask your teacher if they have any open hours to get help, or ask specifically if you can go in during your lunch, or before or after school for extra assistance.

Learn from textbooks!

  1. Take very comprehensive notes. If you don’t have a good teacher, you’re going to need to get the material from somewhere, so your notes need to be extremely thorough.
  2. Use supplementary books. A lot of subjects– especially AP classes with standardized exams– have books from publishers like Barron’s, Kaplan, and Princeton Review to help you learn the information.
  3. Make flashcards & extra study tools. Since you don’t have the variety of learning methods you might in a good class, learning in every way you can is even more important to ensure that you do well!

Use online resources!

  1. Check YouTube for instructional videos. If you need to know about it, there’s a fantastic chance that YouTube has it. Standbys include Khan Academy, Bozeman Science, and Crash Course.
  2. Make use of masterposts. If someone has already compiled oodles of resources for you, they’re definitely worth checking out! Plus, if they’re student recommended, there’s a better chance that they’ll be helpful.
  3. Find free questions. Exam boards like the College Board publish questions (and answers!) online, and these are super useful for knowing how well you’re doing.

Ask for extra help!

  1. Talk to older students for tips. If they’ve been through the class before, they usually know what the teacher is missing out and also how to do well.
  2. See if your school has a tutoring programme. Some schools have teacher or peer tutoring programmes where you can get one-on-one help without having to pay for a more expensive professional tutor.
  3. Get a friend to help you. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help! If your friend is a science genius and your physics teacher is atrocious, it’s always worth a shot to ask.

Good luck! You can still do fantastically, and hopefully you’ll have some better teachers next year.

5 Statements to NEVER put in your Personal Statement
  • “I don’t have much experience or knowledge of this, but…”
  • “I want to pursue this degree because I really want to make a lot of money.”
  • “I had bad grades, but…”
  • “I want to change the world.”
  • “I am not really sure about what to do but I think this is a good next step.”

There’s always exceptions, but as a general rule never admit any fault or inadequacies in your personal statement. If you have bad grades, admissions will see your transcript. So instead of dwelling on it in the personal statement take the space to talk about your accomplishments!

Avoid cliche’s like “I want to change the world” or “I love to help people!” Cliche’s are boring and say nothing about you. They give the impression that you don’t really know what you want or why you’re applying to the program. 

Don’t act unsure. You should give off the impression that you know exactly why you’re applying, what you’ll benefit from the program, and what they’ll benefit from adding you to the roster. You should also act like you know what you want to do after the program. By acting like you have a plan you look more favorable during the application cycle. 

DM us if you need help with your personal statement! 

Okay I really didn’t want to do this but here goes.

My name is Neil, and in March the UK Government stopped my Disability Living Allowance, They may be switching me over to PIP but that’ll take at least six weeks from today. I have a condition called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, which makes doing certain jobs pretty much impossible for me as a way to earn extra money.

Since March I’ve been working as a Tutor and I’ve been doing some freelance writing.

Right now I’m living hand to mouth, I could just about afford rent with my jobs paying out, but at this moment jobs are few and far between. At the moment I have £20 to my name, my phone bill coming out tomorrow that’ll be wiped out.

I usually don’t like to do this but if you can help in some small way I would be so grateful. If you know of anyone who needs a proofreader, or a tutor for Mathematics and Science, please point them my way.

If you can afford some small donation so I don’t get hit with monster bank charges next month and be able to do some small food shop, I’d basically die from the kindness of strangers and I’ll try and make things square when I can.

Thank you for reading this.

Math Tutoring

Actually, I do have a talent! Math! (I know, nerd alert).

Need some help with that college algebra, calculus II, differential equations, AP calc, algebra II, etc? I’m your person! I tutored someone who had failed college algebra 4 times, and after studying with me, she got a B! I can help you turn that failing grade into a passing grade.

I’m a senior in college getting my BS in mathematics (with a minor in astronomy), and I need money. You need a teacher who gives a fuck. Let’s help each other!

Classes I’ve taken in high school: Algebra I and II, precalc, geometry, AP calc

Classes I’ve taken in college: Precalc, Calc I, II, and III, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Advanced Calculus, Number Theory, Intro to Modern Algebra and Number Theory

Currently taking: Intro to Real Analysis

I’ve gotten A’s in most of these classes, B’s in the rest because of depression and procrastination, not cuz I didn’t understand (Advanced Calc I didn’t understand, but I get it now, so I got you).

And when I say I give a fuck, I give a fuck. I will help you study for tests, I will explain a concept to you until I’m positive you understand it the best you can, and I will celebrate with you when you pass your test (if you got test anxiety, I can’t help you there, but I’ll make certain you know the stuff you need to).

Fees start at $15 an hour, but will go down to $10 an hour if you need me for more than 4 hours a week. I get how much you fucking hate math. That hate shouldn’t be on your transcript, though.

And if you need help in a class that I have yet to take, message me the class title and the subject you’re having difficulty with, and I’ll see if I can still help you out. If I can’t, I’ll apologize and move you along.

p.s. I’ll likely need to freshen up on the subject you need help with because math fades if you don’t practice it, but the time I spend relearning certain skills will not be included in your billed time.

Please reblog this post. I’m sure I can help you.

The Art of Studying

Use these expert tips to maximize your productivity in school!

1. Create a calming, peaceful, clean space for yourself to study. This space can be in your room, in the kitchen, at a library, at school, at a park, at a café – anywhere you feel comfortable and safe.

2. Keep your books, notes, and homework organized. Organization is crucial to academic success. 

3. Set feasible, short-term goals for every study session to boost confidence and efficiency.

4. Annotate all of your reading materials. Underline, highlight, and circle to increase retention. 

5. Always check your work and read out loud to minimize typos, grammatical errors, and bad syntax. 

6. Make color-coded flash cards for every unit in your class. 

7. Minimize distractions: time yourself for forty minute chunks during which your phone is off and your computer is away.

8. Take a break for ten minutes after every forty minutes of studying to walk, stretch, and take your eyes off your study materials. 

9. Start studying by talking out your answers to the topics. This boosts your confidence and retention.

10. Draw concept maps to see how different topics are interconnected.

11. Read out loud to yourself from course materials before going to bed to increase retention.

12. When you’re revising your writing, save every draft so you don’t lose any ideas.

13. Listen to quiet instrumental music to regulate blood pressure and reduce stress. 

School AU. Will Solace supposes that maybe he should have taken into studying more seriously because getting stuck on tutoring classes with students that, no offense, he obviously won’t be getting along with is not his idea of fun.

That is until another student walked in, folder in his hands and a scowl in his face before not so happily slamming the folder on the table.

“Seems like I have no choice but try and tutor all of you. So really, thanks a lot you asshats! And by the way, welcome to this hellhole” The boy smiled evily that Will can only swallow his own saliva as a response and yet, he silently thought the boy is actually hot.

Or the au where Will Solace is the popular kid that isn’t really as confident as people assumed and Nico di Angelo is that one student who is so much more than he lets on.

honestly for people who struggle with english (either it’s their native language or second/third/whatever) here’s some good rules of thumb when trying to learn–this is what i’ve leared as a clinician from a company that charges $120 an hour. And it’s expensive af, but it works

  • in words like boat, sea, and sail, when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking and says its own name
  • super e–is the e at the end of the word that makes the vowel say it’s name
  • put both thumbs up–and put your hands together. the two thumbs kind of look like posts, and the fingers together are your mattress. this is your bed. when you’re confused if the letter in front of you is a b or a d, check your bed. see what the word lines up with–the thumbs up on the left hand goes in the direction of a ‘b’, and the right hand is in the shape of a ‘d’
  • google common affixes–endings like tive may look like you’re saying it t I v e, with a long I, but is actually pronounced tiv. and they will always be pronounced as tiv
  • so let’s say you have the word disruptive you could automatically break off the /tive/ chunk because you know that common ending and sound it out in sections dis/rup/tive
  • flashcards are your friend with all this. get flashcards like you would with math and have someone you know quiz you on vowel sounds like au, ow, oy, ie, ar make the majority of the time
  • the point of  all this is to help you picture words and letters, like you would when reading a story. this is called symbol imagery if you’re wondering and want to look any of this up–creating a picture like a movie with your mind when you read something is called concept imagery (which, i’ve recently learned, not everyone can do this)
  • also find some words that are in your difficulty level–it’s ok to start with just one syllable. it shouldnt be easy, but it should be horribly impossible to do–it should be medium hard. here’s where having a second person, esp one who’s trained in Symbol Imagery Exercises, comes in handy–they know what you need to work on, which sounds or vowels.
  • they can also do symbol imagery exercises–which is basically having the student picture the letters, and without actually looking with their eyes taking away the word see all the letters, and asking what the word would be if, for instance, if you replace the first letter in rat with a d, what would it be? and hopefully they would say “dat” (and the point is to see and sound letters–it doesnt have to be a real word)
  • the whole picturing thing though? also works with students who are bad at math as well btw.

if you want someone to actually help teach you all of this, and help monitor you, message me and we can figure something out! hope this helped!

your girl Jeannie's doing compsci tutoring!

hey, so i’m unemployed, and i need money to cover things like my car insurance, my phone payment, and amazon and netflix for the whole family (and potentially costs for therapy and HRT in the future)

if you’re a computer science student looking for someone to help you with your studies, a hobbyist who wants to learn it without having to pay thousands in tuition, or an RPG Maker fan who’s scared by code, hit me up!

the terms are in the link, and thank you for taking the time to consider me!

anonymous asked:

Hey I'm working on a story where the best student of this college class has to help this other student pass. There are two problems she has about this though: one, he's seems to be the type of guy good girls should stay away from, and two, they don't like each other. At all. I was wondering if could help me with some dialogue prompts. Please?

I will certainly try! 

1. “Is there seriously NO ONE ELSE who could help me?”

“Afraid not, Princess. Guess you’re stuck with me.”

2. “Don’t start. I know what they say about you, you know?”

“Really? That’s funny, ‘cause I know what they say about you, too. I prefer what they say about me.””

3. “Listen, I don’t care about any of this, but you do. If you want me to help you, stop picking fights and let me help you.”

“Well, aren’t you a gentleman?”

4. “I didn’t ask for this any more than you did, okay?”

“… Then why are you here?”

5. “I don’t want to talk about it.”

“What you just did-”

“What? It doesn’t fit into your ‘useless human being’ image of me?”

“I never said-”

“You didn’t have to.”

6. “I’m sorry for… Everything. Can we call a truce, and get back to tutoring?”

“Nothing to be sorry for. I deserved it.”

7. “So, I guess… This is it.”

“Yeah. See you around, Princess.”

I hope these helped!!!

INTP: *interviewing for a position teaching college test prep*

Interviewer: How did you do on your SATs

INTP: That was a long time ago, I don’t really remember

Interviewer: Was it good?

INTP: Well I definitely didn’t fall asleep during them…

Interviewer: You fell asleep during them didn’t you?

INTP: that is a distinct possibility, but I did well on my PSATs, GREs, and LSATs

Why I Tutor (and why you should, too!)

“There is no better way to learn than to teach.” ~ BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE 

1. To solidify your existing knowledge. There is so much information that I would have forgotten from high school, but tutoring keeps those concepts fresh in my mind, which helps me with my current studies.

2. To help students succeed. There’s a wonderful sense of satisfaction when a student starts to understand a difficult concept, or goes from a failing student to a successful one.

3. To build your résumé. Tutoring can be an example of leadership and interpersonal communication. It looks great on resumes and college applications.

4. To improve your communication skills. No two students are alike. It is likely you will have to find many ways to explain one concept. Tutoring will improve your communication skills because you will have plenty of practice engaging with students and fellow tutors.

5. To make money. Tutoring is a job with flexible hours and high demand (especially during exam season!). I am employed as an online tutor so I make money from the comfort of my home.

6. To meet new people. I’ve met so many brilliant students and tutors. My academic network has expanded and I’ve been given many opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

7. To contribute to your community. Sadly, there are many communities with a lack of mentor/tutoring programs. If there isn’t one in your area, why not start one?

8. To have fun! I love being a tutor, for all the previous reasons and more. It’s rewarding, relaxing, and doesn’t require much to get started.

If you have any questions, my inbox is open!

If I’m struggling with learning/understanding something,

DON’T say: “Oh but this is so easy!”

DO say: “Yeah, I had trouble with this at first too.”

DON’T say: “You’ll get it once I explain it to you.”

DO say: “I think I can break this down into easier terms.”

DON’T say: “But this foundational stuff! If you don’t get this, you won’t get anything!”

DO say: “You’re right that this is important to learn. It’s good you want to learn it well.”

DON’T say: “The test was way harder than this.”

DO say: “Once you understand the basics, you’ll be able to complicate the problems.”

DON’T say: “Why can’t you understand this?”

DO say: “Let’s pretend this is framed in relation to your favorite sport/ice cream flavor/tv plot.”

DON’T say: “What aren’t you getting?”

DO say: “Explain it back to me the way you understand it.”

Hey guys, I’ll be setting up online English and Spanish classes and I need some students to practice with. If you want 5 free Skype tutoring sessions in either English conversation or Spanish up to and including B1 let me know. This would be ideal for anyone preparing for January exams in the UK for example or other tests. There would be no obligation to continue with lessons after unless you want to. Let me know if you’re interested or if you have any questions!

Imagine the Doctor tutoring you (actual you, not an OC, your actual real self in life RIGHT NOW) everyday after your classes. Imagine him using his weird words and examples to explain to you science or math, or history, or whatever it is you need help on. Imagine him adding little facts that school doesn’t teach you.

“Yeah well he wasn’t exactly the straightest ruler.”
“Shakespeare? You’re telling me Shakespeare was gay?”
“Well everyone’s gay a little bit. Wouldn’t stop flirting with me.” (;D)

(I need this in my life XD)

Tutoring Prompt

(I’m in a bad mood now, but I’ll just post this)

Person A and Person B are in different classes. Person A is doing horrible in their studies, while Person B is excelling at all subjects. B offers to tutor A after school. 

During a certain tutoring session..flirting and small touches ensue. 

After a few sessions…it becomes something much more.