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Why Tutor Exchange?
I remember I had one teacher who was absolutely obsessed with charts when I was in high school. She would make us fill in huge paper diagrams, fill in the blank comparison charts, or complete a half of a Venn diagram; this amalgam of charts were supposed to make relating or contrasting multiple ideas simpler. What I thought was more strange than the charts themselves was her policy on sharing answers we had written on our charts. As long as we could understand what we were writing down, it was absolutely okay, even encouraged, to copy down someone else’s information. So, unlike basically every class I had during that period in my life, cheating was both for our own benefit and permissible.

I guess what this taught me, more than the actual content on the charts (which I did learn, in case you were wondering), was that sharing ideas and learning information for the purpose of having to teach that information to another student was the best way I have ever learned material. This idea has helped drive the concept of tutor exchange.

What is tutor exchange? Tutor exchange is basically the implementation of the above concept. Learn for the purpose of teaching and share that information with another individual. LRNGO uses this notion to fuel its own practices. Say you majored in Spanish—you know all the tricks to memorizing those pesky grammar exceptions and some other individual near you knows how to play guitar but isn’t doing very well in the intermediate Spanish class. LRNGO works as a channel to connect those two individuals. Then, not only is each person learning a new skill, but the tutor is practicing too, enhancing their own ability by teaching it.

Why is tutor exchange a useful tool? Tutoring exchange is useful in a variety of ways. Predominantly it is a tutoring service, one person is learning information that they need or want to learn and the other is further delving into the subject in order to answer questions and explain more detailed concepts. You are also getting to make interpersonal connections. Instead of only meeting friends, or friends of friends, you have the opportunity to meet people completely out of your social circle. With this of course comes your risks. Make sure you meet potential tutors in a public place and it might take a few tutors to find the one that panders to the way you learn.

How do I engage in a tutor exchange? Even though you might not recognize that you are in a tutor exchange, chances are that you have already taught someone who has taught you something. Regardless of the formality of the situation, tutor exchange is tutor exchange. If you are looking to meet with someone for tutor exchange, you can make an account on to meet people in your area that are teaching the skills you want to learn and offer your services to people who want to know what you do.

Ultimately, engaging in a tutoring exchange can be extremely rewarding for all involved. Not only are you meeting new people but your passing information across borders that otherwise wouldn’t have been breached, you’re learning new material and further digesting your own.

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The Do’s and Don’ts for College Student Resumes
My college throws these enrichment “parties” all the time. You know, the ones that are supposed to make you a more prepared student and professional— aka, most of us know how to write a ten page paper about pretty much anything since Google, but hardly any of us have the skills to change a tire or do our own taxes or actually get a job with our major. Hundreds of students meet up in the school auditorium to take notes and some big wig from the administration pops up on stage and talks on and on for hours with a well prepared PowerPoint. Anyway, I got some pretty great notes from the “How To: Make Your Own Resume into a Baller Work of Art” party. So below are all the do’s and don’ts so you can make yourself the best college resume out there.

Do make you resume one page. Especially if you are applying to a larger corporation, companies will not have time to read more than as many words as you can appropriately cram into an 8.5x11 sheet of paper. This may be a bit tricky though; some very prestigious corporations who are searching for very qualified applicants for lucrative or risky positions might want more than a page to prove you are right for the job. Being in this position definitely warrants an email to verify what they require or desire.

Don’t write about your high school accomplishments. Okay, so if you’re a freshmen you have a bit of leeway with this one. But about spring semester of your sophomore year, you need to have accomplished enough to replace your high school activities with new ones. What this really means is that you need to do something worth writing down to show employers by you sophomore year—if you don’t have a lot of experience and involvement that’s totally okay. There are plenty of resume formats that highlight your skills rather than these aforementioned other points; that’s perfect for students who are concentrating more on their school work than outside activities.

Do put everything in chronological order. This is harder than you think it might be, and, after it’s fine-tuned, your resume will look and read more professionally. This means that under each heading (for example: Accomplishments) each point should be listed from top to bottom by the start date or occurring date—what happened most recently should be at the top. AND each point you make describing that experience or skill or accomplishment or whatever should always start with a powerful action verb. You need to write that action verb in present tense if you are still involved in that activity and past tense if you are no longer involved.

Don’t come off as bland, arrogant, or generic. There’s actually a very thin line between being bland and being arrogant. You need to differentiate yourself from competing applicants, but you also don’t need to insult the company by arguing that you will revolutionize it. Find a way to prove yourself as an asset to a team and avoid insulting other potential candidates by talking about how great you are. If you aren’t sure if you’ve crossed that line, have a few people read over it to make sure your resume is competitive, confident, and not narcissistic. Providing helpful details will help to make sure you don’t sound like everyone else, write about how often you did something and specific instances in which you developed a relevant skill.

Do write more whats than hows and avoid whys. You want your resume to be to the point. Write exactly what you’ve done and it should be self-evident why these skills qualify you for the position you are seeking. You should only explain how you did something if it is directly supporting and reinforcing a skill you gathered through the activity. You do not need to explain the whole process—the results matter significantly more. You also do not need to explain why you did something—unless it is absolutely contingent on the project, a company doesn’t want to know why you got the results you did, accomplishment, or experience, etc. They just want the facts with a dash of personality.

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When is it Worth Hiring a Tutor?
One of my good friends in college has a separate tutor for every class she plans to take over her fall semester teaching her the material during the summer, and also teaching her the material for the spring semester over the winter break. She says it’s a way for her to enjoy her time over the academic year, be able to test over what is basically review, and just focus on the few things she wasn’t able to learn beforehand in her class assignments. It gives her time to play a sport and join clubs, and live more of an extra-curricular life at school in return for the sacrifice of a completely restful summer. Unfortunately, this luxury is not one we can all afford. Most tutors hire on an hourly basis, and the more challenging the class, the more dollar signs are added to the cost.

During high school and college years, the pressure to get high grades, be at the top of your class, get the highest test scores, do the most, and be able to be the best is what compels many students to seek tutors who are proficient in specific studies. But as the yearning and importance for success increases, our pockets are often occupied with more and more lint and less and less money. The Poor College Student is a common trope, and completely accurate in my personal experience—jobs often pay relatively more on college campuses, but expenses go from almost nothing to textbooks that cost more than room and board. Thus, it’s important to know when it is worth hiring a tutor and when some other help will have to do.

The most common subjects in which people are searching for tutors are math, English, and science, and the most common grades searching for tutors are ninth through twelfth grades, as classes become more of a college preparatory level. The good thing about a lot of people struggling in the same subject is that there are often online resources to help for general understanding. For instance, Googling grammar questions will usually give you a satisfactory answer, and watching a video about polygons will often give you the information that you need about that subject.

In short, one of the primary reasons you need a tutor is when the subject matter is no longer available with an easy Google or tutoring video. You may also need a tutor if you get too far behind in a class, or if you’re seeking help on a subject that is not prone to having cheap and free available help (like a tutor for mechanical engineering or specific nursing qualification tests).

One of the main reasons people get a tutor outside of academia and the professional world is to learn a new skill or hobby—book binding, or learning an instrument perhaps. If it’s difficult to find a video that clarifies and encourages growth in your personal creative or athletic endeavors, paying for a tutor might be worth it. is the perfect resource to quench your tutoring needs. This website uses a search term and a zip code to find someone teaching your subject in your area.

Ultimately, there are many reasons you could be searching for a tutor, but fewer reasons why it would be necessary. If you can learn all the material online and have the time to read or watch general classes, spending money on individual attention may be a waste. Learning a new skill and making friends in the process seems way worth the money, but considering your budget is also a must. Learning doesn’t need to stop just because you are no longer required to pass a test! Whether it’s getting a leg up in the professional world or just having fun, learning new skills or sharpening older ones, tutoring may be a fulfilling and rewarding activity.

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Humanities Occupations Define Humanities
Humanities subjects, also referred to as social sciences, are branches of learning that include language, music, philosophy, art, religion and literature courses. Humanities subjects study the past and present events as well as human behaviors. The best way to define humanities is by humanities occupations. One might say that humanities consists of occupations that concern themselves with contributing to or improving social humanity, or being human. Students wanting to have a degree in humanities would focus their study in improving research and writing skills and communication, as well as their thinking skills.

The tutelage by competent academic teachers would certainly be very important to defining humanities and to humanities occupations themselves. A bachelor’s degree in humanities is a less direct career degree due to the diversity of humanities subjects. A lot of students studying humanities subjects will be concerned how a degree in any of the humanities subjects can lead to a productive career. Well, just look at your teacher. The skills like communication that are learned from a strong academic teacher in humanities are applied in all occupations where interaction is essential.

And yet, even when a learning institution is renowned for its competent humanities academic teachers, the percentage of enrolment for humanities subjects as careers would still be low as compared to other academic careers. Perhaps this is due to a lack of understanding or “advertising” that humanities occupations define humanities.

The little known truth is, academic studies in any of the humanities subjects would open up a whole range of career possibilities. A degree in anthropology, in performing and visual arts, in music, theatre and dance or a degree in languages and literature would give the degree holder most of the skills that are most wanted by potential employers. In other words, if humanities occupations define humanities, then those who master humanities subjects are in good shape when it comes time for the job interview.

With the guidance of highly qualified academic teachers, students of humanities subjects will acquire a wide range of knowledge, and their written and oral communication skills will be well honed. Don’t kid yourself, these are highly marketable skills. True you have to be competitive in the area of focus first; but all things being equal, prospective employers will usually find a well-rounded applicant the most suitable for the job being applied for. So next time someone asks you the definition of humanities, tell them humanities occupations define humanities, and then tell them about your job.

Find more definitions of humanities on Wikipedia here.

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Temporary Jobs for College Students in the U.S.
Are you a high school or college student looking for work? People your age generally end up getting temporary jobs instead of permanent jobs or careers. Many employers offer temporary jobs for students because they are often good workers and can get away with paying them less than permanent workers. However, finding a job is still important for students, especially college students. Many unplanned costs arise in college, leaving students scrambling for money. If you are a college student, you will probably want to take advantage of every opportunity available to you to make some money. Many college students choose to work for themselves and find jobs with hours they can set by listing on websites and connecting with potential clients or people to teach; one such website is In addition to finding work through websites such as, college students have other options when looking for employment.

Thankfully, there are many ways to find temporary jobs for students on the internet today. You no longer need to go from company to company looking for a job – instead, you can let websites do the hard work for you. One such site is, which lets students search for employers in their area.

This site is only for college students, so you will not have to compete with other people looking for jobs. There are many temporary jobs for students on this site such as part-time jobs, internships, one-time jobs, focus groups, and seasonal jobs. This site asks for your information to prove that you are a college student, and then will link you to employers in your area. This service is completely free for college students to use.

The United States government offers many temporary jobs for students, and this is an option that you may want to examine closely. There are various programs offered for students, and you can find some of these on This site offers a Student Career Experience Program, a Student Temporary Employment Program, and various internships. There are also summer programs and volunteer positions.

This site also offers many options for people interested in a career in the Federal government. There are Federal internship programs, and also a Presidential Management Fellows Program for graduate students. There are many temporary jobs for students in the entry level category for those who have graduated or will soon graduate. Working for the Federal government can be a great opportunity and career path for any student or recent graduate. If you take the time to research your situation, you can often find many programs and plans designed to help you out.

There are also many temporary jobs for students available online that can be done in your spare time. Affiliate marketing has grown very popular, as have other kinds of advertising and writing. There are many sites out there that can help you find employers that can make use of your services, such as and

Being a student can be tough; especially a college student. University tuition today is very high, and students need any chance they can get to save or make money. Getting a temporary job can not only help fill out your wallet a bit, it will also give you some great real-world experience that will help after you graduate.

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