Using computers to grade your child’s writing

A detailed Washington Post article about the Common Core noted that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) is ramping up plans to have student essays graded by computer. This is happening even though, by their own admission, the computers are not Continue reading Using computers to grade your child’s writing

Teaching and Learning: Back to the Basics?

I should have paid more attention. Last fall, a joint study on learning math was released by the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and Penn State University. The goal of the study was to find out if some of Continue reading Teaching and Learning: Back to the Basics?

How to Master Any Subject

This science learning tip will definitely help you at the college level and beyond. Use this tip in high school and you’ll be able to learn at a level far above the established curriculum. A physics teacher told me about Continue reading How to Master Any Subject

Science Tutor Tip: Shortcut to Good Articles

Sooner or later your teacher is going to have you write a research paper or do some kind of science project. Don’t tell your teacher about this week’s science tutor tip. A lot of students who have a project go Continue reading Science Tutor Tip: Shortcut to Good Articles

Science Learning Tip: Use research articles to understand current events

I recently got an email asking for my support in a call to ban pesticides that are harming bees. This was a science learning opportunity. The email talked about a class of pesticides called neonics, reputed to be the cause Continue reading Science Learning Tip: Use research articles to understand current events