Social Media

Social media, particularly Facebook, has changed. I believe it is finally going out of fashion. Hopefully this means we will communicate “live and in person” more. 

I recommend deactivating Facebook for a day to see how much of your time has been dominated by it. 

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New Year

I left my office. I really left it. I wasn’t making enough $$ to warrant paying the rent. I still have my “desks” and I have my eyes open for a new, more affordable location. Time will tell.

I currently am tutoring at clients’ homes or in the Library ( and even McDonald’s on occasion).

I also got a part-time gig tutoring at Point Park University. I am enjoying it. Nice environment with some cool people. I get to tutor a wide range of topics.

Watch for me to announce a new location soon!

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Use Your Noggin

Put down your calculator! Now, I am not a “no calculator ever” type, but I am a “my brain is pretty fast” – so is yours. If I say (or type) “3 + 2,” do you really need to pick up your TI-84 Plus? The truth is, your brain can calculate that sum while it determines enzyme levels needed in your biological systems and processes data from your inner ear to determine what muscles to tighten where in what order and combination to keep you upright. Your heart rate, breath, digestion…all as you read this complex combination of symbols and process it fluently. “5.”

“… researchers were not able to simulate the brain’s activity in real time. It took 40 minutes with the combined muscle of 82,944 processors in K computer to get just 1 second of biological brain processing time. While running, the simulation ate up about 1PB of system memory as each synapse was modeled individually.”

Simulating 1 second of human brain activity takes 82,944 processors

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Important

This article is so important. This is not just about racism or politics. This is about having your own moral conviction. It’s about being able to argue. Argument is a fundamental part of the learning process.

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/tony-norman/2016/03/25/Tony-Norman-Colleges-quit-coddling-hypersensitive-students/stories/201603250145

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Prepare for Class

I’m starting a new group of posts with the tag “repeated” for things I find myself repeating in tutoring sessions. This is the first of this group.

Prepare for class. Sometime before class starts, do a little bit of prep.

  • Scan the text book to get a general idea of the material to be covered. Doing this will have a few really good effects. You will be familiar with the vocabulary and thus be able to digest the higher meaning of the lesson/lecture. You can formulate better questions to ask which will show the professor you are interested in the course (even if you are faking it this helps!!).
  • If there are chapter questions, read them. No, don’t write a formal answer! Just read them. Get your curiosity sparked, not satisfied. Go to class curious.
  • For a math course, read through the example problems (chemistry and physics too). Again, don’t try to completely “get it.” Instead, just be familiar with the flow.

This shouldn’t take more that 15 – 20 minutes. Remember, you don’t need to already know everything prior to class (that’d make it BORING!). Just be a little familiar with the stuff.

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