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Tutor profile: Ellen D.

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Ellen D.
Elementary Teacher, Experience in K-3rd
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Subject: Basic Math

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What is an effective strategy for solving a word problem?

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Students can solve a word problem by using the RDWW strategy. This stands for, "read, draw, write a number sentence, write a word sentence." First, the student reads the problem and circles any important numbers or words. Next, the student draws a picture demonstrating with the problem is asking. Third, the student writes a number sentence and solves for the answer. Last, the student writes an answer in a sentence.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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What are some effective strategies to teach vocabulary to ESL students?

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Some effective strategies are using flashcards or acting out vocabulary words. It is also helpful to have the students utilize google translate to determine with the vocabulary word is in their native languages.

Subject: English

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How do I know if a compound sentence is a run-on?

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In order to understand if a sentence is a run-on, you have to ask yourself whether each part of the sentence can stand alone on its own. Take the following sentence for example. Jan likes to run and Bob likes to walk. This is a run-on sentence because the clauses "Jan likes to run," and "Bob likes to walk" can each stand alone as a sentence on its own. To correct this run-on sentence, you can place a comma in front of the word "and." Jan likes to run, and Bob likes to walk. This would be considered correct. However, if the sentence read, "Jan likes to run and walk," it would not be considered a run-on sentence because "and walk" cannot stand alone as a sentence.

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