Thursday, October 31, 2013

Is Time Travel Possible? - Colin Stuart

Time travel is a staple of science fiction stories, but is it actually possible? It turns out nature does allow a way of bending time, an exciting possibility suggested by Albert Einstein when he discovered special relativity over one hundred years ago. Colin Stuart imagines where (or, when) this fascinating phenomenon, time dilation, may one day take us.

Lesson by Colin Stuart, animation by TED-Ed.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Why Does Ice Float in Water? - George Zaidan and Charles Morton

Water is a special substance for several reasons, and you may have noticed an important one right in your cold drink: ice. Solid ice floats in liquid water, which isn't true for most substances. But why? George Zaidan and Charles Morton explain the science behind how how hydrogen bonds keep the ice in your glass (and the polar ice caps) afloat.

Lesson by George Zaidan and Charles Morton, animation by Powerhouse Animation Studios Inc.

Monday, October 21, 2013

K - 6th Homework Club - The Academy of 21st Century Learning

The Academy is designed to support the growth of the whole child in the complex process of development. As our California curriculum becomes more and more enriched each child needs a higher and higher degree of competence and interest in the basic academic skills required for success.

How to study is equally as important as what is being studied.  Even our best and brightest can fail to achieve their ultimate potential if their study skills are lacking. These skills are relevant throughout our children’s lives in order for them to understand and retain all the different kinds of information that they will continue to encounter in our rapidly expanding world.

Study skills are an integral part of every student’s academic and life-long success. At The Academy, study skills are taught and practiced within the context of classes and programs taken both here and at school, with an emphasis on:

  • organizational skills
  • listening
  • note-taking and outlining
  • preparing for and taking tests
  • writing essays and reports

We recommend that study skills be taught through students’ regular subjects and not broken out as an independent course as it makes it much more convenient for the student and immediately  demonstrates why “this is important” to their success.
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Why Don't Oil and Water Mix? - John Pollard

Salt dissolves in water; oil does not. But why? You can think of that glass of water as a big, bumpin' dance party where the water molecules are always switching dance partners -- and they'd much rather dance with a salt ion. John Pollard explains how two chemistry principles, energetics and entropy, rule the dance floor.

Lesson by John Pollard, animation by Andrew Foerster.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Debunking Six Myths About Math Tutoring

A math tutor can help your child to gain understanding of new mathematics concepts. Your reasons for needing a tutor may vary from those of another family. Because math is such a vital function, a home tutor can help your child get the help she needs.

Regular Tutoring Schedule

It isn't necessary to block out an hour once or twice a week for your child to get the most benefit from a tutor. She may only need occasional help when she confronts new math concepts. Or, she might be reviewing material she's learned in the past so she can take college entrance exams and do well. Stay in regular contact with your child's tutor and adjust it as she needs so extra support is available.

Tutors Must be Certified Teachers

While math is a specialized topic, it isn't necessary for your child's home tutor to be a teacher holding a current teaching certification. Teaching and tutoring use different sets of skills. An effective math tutor who is consistent in helping her students knows how to communicate. He is also patient, knows what he is teaching and cheerful. Your child should feel comfortable working with him.

Tutoring is Homework Help

When you hire a tutor, don't expect him to sit next to your child and coach her through each of her math assignment problems. That is not his role. Homework is a supplemental activity intended to reinforce classroom learning. A tutor helps his students find ways of doing math that work for them. In short, he works to help them become independent thinkers.

Cheap Hourly Rates are Best

Hiring a tutor based on his hourly rate isn't the best way to select someone to work with your child. If he isn't as effective as he could be, you'll wind up spending more money than you had budgeted. Instead, interview tutoring agencies and ask them who their most successful tutors are. The more effective tutor will be in your home fewer times per week, and for shorter sessions.

Get Last-Minute Help Only

It's not very effective to hire a math tutor when your child is on the verge of failing a math class. Even when she is having an easy time with the material being taught, you should have a home tutor coming in and reinforcing current and past learning material.

A Math Tutor Will Take Too Much Time

Setting the groundwork for academic success is important, so set aside time for a tutor to come in and work with your child. Sure, she may need to come home early sometimes, but when she can demonstrate mastery of a difficult subject, she might actually have more time for those extracurricular activities she enjoys, such as sports, cheer or spending time with friends. When she can do the work more quickly, she won't have to spend long hours on math homework.

The Tutor Bright team aims to provide your child with the highest level of instruction and try to put a lifelong passion for learning. We provide tutor for elementary grades, high school & exam prep students in Toronto and surrounding areas.
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

How Art Can Help You Analyze - Amy E. Herman

Can art save lives? Not exactly, but our most prized professionals (doctors, nurses, police officers) can learn real world skills through art analysis. Studying art like René Magritte's Time Transfixed can enhance communication and analytical skills, with an emphasis on both the seen and unseen. Amy E. Herman explains why art historical training can prepare you for real world investigation.

Lesson by Amy E. Herman, animation by Flaming Medusa Studios Inc.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Why Extremophiles Bode Well for Life Beyond Earth - Louisa Preston

Life on Earth requires three things: liquid water, a source of energy within a habitable range from the sun and organic carbon-based material. But life is surprisingly resilient, and organisms called extremophiles can be found in hostile living conditions (think extreme temperatures and little access to oxygen). Louisa Preston argues why extremophiles give astrobiologists hope for life in the universe.

Lesson by Louisa Preston, animation by Emanuel Friberg.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Can Private Tutors Improve Exam Results?

Can private tutors improve exam results? The Economic and Social Research Council at the Institute of Education, University of London says yes. A survey of more than 300 students showed private tutors could help exam results increase by one grade.

Private tutors can help students prepare for exams in a number of ways. As we learn more and more about the process of learning itself and what distinguishes the best students and learners, we come to appreciate the role of a private tutor. It isn't just about covering the right material and helping directly with learning the material. The role of a private tutor is to motivate the student to learn. Private tutors help students express themselves in an education system that is ever increasing in complexity and a world that is becoming competitive by the day.

Tutors can help shape a student's life and help them choose a direction in life. The benefits of tutoring goes above and beyond the immediate learning process, although that is a central part of tutoring too. Regular sessions with the right tutors can help the student define his future career choices and imbibe in her a love for the subject.

Private tutors are also extremely important for students who are introverts and don't feel comfortable asking questions in class. These students don't speak out in class, but are every bit as motivated to learn. They need someone to encourage their creativity who also understands that they find it hard to speak and ask questions in large groups.

In fact, both introverted and extroverted students tend to feel more comfortable on a one to one setting than in a big group. It is not uncommon for teenagers to feel shy asking questions in class or they could be conscious of what they speak, fearing to appear stupid in front of their friends. With a private tutor, such boundaries don't exist and therefore the student is better able to learn, grasp and understand the subject.

Some students lack motivation and thus need a personal setting not only to help them learn but also to motivate them to learn. Different students have different needs and teachers can only do so much in a class that has scores of others. Students are therefore best served when someone can devote the time and effort to understand the needs of individual students, study what motivates them and what the best learning tools for a particular student are employ those.

To learn more about the role of tutors and how they can help shape a student's life, read about how tutoring can help exam results. APT will be the first professional organisation representing tutors and tutoring in the United Kingdom. There are currently no organisations providing the range of services which APT will.
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Brief History of Plural Word...s - John McWhorter

All it takes is a simple S to make most English words plural. But it hasn't always worked that way (and there are, of course, exceptions). John McWhorter looks back to the good old days when English was newly split from German -- and books, names and eggs were beek, namen and eggru!

Lesson by John McWhorter, animation by Lippy.