Algebra Workshop Review

The algebra workshop reviewed basic concepts that often lead to lack of understanding of in depth algebra. A interesting note was the lack of elementary math that is missing from the students. Time had to be spent reviewing multiplication before reviewing fractions. Be it that the students were in a grade level to learn algebra, they had a hard time understanding 4th grade mathematical concepts.

It was evident that some students were able to move on in a subject category in spite of lack of foundational skills such as multiplication and division. The workshop identified areas of struggle which and addressed them. This is always the goal of any tutoring lesson and it served its purpose.

Below are some activities done at the workshop.

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Above the curator of the African American Museum of beginnings in Pomona is giving a tour of the museum.

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Here our young scholar is using skittles as visual aides to comprehend fraction word problems.

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Above we have a adult who is using the free workshop as a starter point to sharpen his mathematical skills to enter into the field of education. The student is using playing cards to develop PEMDAS equations which were solved by him then taught to the group. Implying the idea that if you teach it then you know it.




Algebra Workshop

We will be hosting an algebra workshop covering the basics of algebra. Our goal of this workshop series is to increase the college readiness of minority students in the subject of Algebra and to raise standardized test scores. We will not simply be lecturing but providing small group activities and study skills that students can take into all course work.

We find algebra imperative to understand because of the vast job opportunities within STEM subjects. Algebra provides critical thinking and analyzation skills that can be applied to many different areas of ones daily life.

The workshop is free and we do hope that you can show up. It is for all people of all different backgrounds.

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Importance of Teenagers Working

Importance of Teenagers Working

Everyone has the story of their first job. Many being from major coroporations such as Macy’s, McDonalds, or chain movie theaters. The idea of having an entry level job is a screeching one to many adults after evolving into the professional realm. But those humble beginnings develop a character than can not be forgotten.

Working during high school or college give a since of responsibility. Learning to be on time, to have excellent customer service skills, and to work in submission to rules that you may not completely agree with. On top of the character building is money management and the ability to spend on bills and leisure activities, and having a healthy balance of them both.

The idea of working in high school or college has dropped since 2000 as stated in the article link above. This could be due to the lack or jobs, or the lack of willingness to work a service job that is not often “ideal” to many. However, the lessons learned through the responsibility make it essential to work young. Building a stronger network and branding oneself as efficiently as possible, this can never be done to early.

The writer of this time magazine article gives some statistics and insight on the importance of working in high school and college.

Importance of Teenager Working, Time Magazine


Effective Notetaking

  Taking notes in college is an imperative skill to being successful. Notes are helpful for exam preparation in the current course you are in, and helps in learning how to be overall organized. Properly organized notes are a foundation to the structure you will need to move through college efficiently. Notes can obliterate confusion about subjects and due dates. Learning to be organized in the classroom is a skill that will be moved into your professional career. Here are 5 tips to taking notes and loving it.

  1. Proper Materials: The basics you need to be prepared for any course are lined paper, no 2 pencils, and black and blue pens. To be more detailed, having a section in a binder or a given folder for each course is helpful. As well a folder to put handouts.
  2.  Topic Preparedness: Being able to follow along in the book or have a understanding of the name of the topic being taught helps in organization, therefore when you are told the topics or chapters being given on a test you will not be surpirsed. So try to know what is going to be taught in the class ahead of time to ensure youve done the proper reading.
  3.  Listening Skills: Outside of writting down information on powerpoints, or having powerpoints printed ahead of time, you need to be able to write down the detailed explanations a teacher gives that are not in the book. The details listened to and example problems explained are key to what you want to write. These details along with the readings you’ve done will give best comprehension of material.
  4. Question what you do not understand: Notes are no good if you are simply writing things down and not questioning the why of information. It is important to ask question either verbally in glass or during office hours so you can be sure that you understand your notes.
  5. Read Your Notes: The most often forgetten part of proper notetaking is reading the notes you’ve written. If you read the notes then you will have special attention to what you do not understand from previous lectures and get these uncertainties answered. This also ensures a more conceptual understanding of class material.

Focus February

There are many strategies to focusing in the classroom. A major point being that of attentiveness. It is common for students to tune out during a teachers lecture of important not so exciting topics. Below is  a list of purposeful ideas to assist with learning in the classroom.

1.  Key or “signal” words. Key words (or “signal words”) such as “causes,” “purposes,” “effects,” “ways,” “advantages,” “characteristics,” and “types” can be used as “headings” to indicate that the speaker is introducing a major portion of the lecture (e.g. “Now, I am going to discuss the top five ways that…”).

2 . Main ideas. Topic sentences indicate the main points or ideas that the speaker is trying to communicate. These are often indicated by such words as “First…” “Second…” “Third…” and “Finally…”.

3. Definitions and key terms. If the instructor is taking the time to define a term, it is almost certainly a critical concept that’s central to your understanding of the topic. If the speaker says something like “[the term] means…” or “[term], also known as…”, you’re hearing a definition. Wong recommends writing “DEF” or “=” in your notes to indicate that you’ve copied down a term defined in class.

4. Supporting details. Examples, dates, statistics, anecdotes, and other details illustrate the key points, provide supporting evidence for the topic under discussion, and help clarify your understanding.

5. The speaker’s verbal clues. Most instructors will use certain key words (as described above) to indicate important concepts. You may also notice that an instructor becomes more enthusiastic at a certain point in the lecture,  or that he or she “punctuates” key points with a louder voice, deeper tone, or particular gestures. The more familiar you become with the instructor’s speaking style, the more readily you’ll come to know his or her method of confirming that a particular point is important. (And of course, if the instructor says “This is important,” it’s important!)

6. The conclusion. The instructor will likely “wrap up” the lecture by summarizing the main points that he or she covered that day. Be sure to capture these points, and write them under the heading “Conclusion” so that you can readily find them when it’s time to review.

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New Year, New Goals


New Year, New Goals, same dreams, different tactics. 2016 is here and many of you have set new goals to reach. From weight loss, to straight A’s, to financial stability, and many endless goals of pursuing excellence. iBrand.Me lives to inspire people to follow through with your dreams with consistency and a plan.

The following link below is an old but excellent article of tools to stay on track with meeting goals. Many have to do with daily journaling of what you hope to accomplish. Journaling is excellent in that you have a written reflection on how far you have to go and how far you’ve come.  Writing down daily routines gives you a physical checklist to assure that you complete all that you can with the given 24 hours. The most difficult part is staying on track.

Please click the link below and look for ways that you can fulfil those dreams of 2016.

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals



The Gap Gap Year.

Benefits of a Gap Year

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After high school life feels rushed. You are now an adult with8 the obligation to pay bills, work, and go to school. But what are you going to school for? What should you major in? And are you sure that you are going to major in the field you would like to spend your life in. These are questions many young adults struggle with, the article in the link above gives great examples of what to do in a gap year. A gap year will allow time for you to analyze life and gain experience in the work field. You can spend this time volunteering or working, all with the intentions in mind that you will seek what it is you will fill fulfilled doing.

The gap year can be a trap, causing complacency and allowing time for negative self reflections. But with a goal in mind to be seeking building your professional resume and character, only benefits can be gained from such time. Working into management, while taking writing and basic math courses is a step toward excellence. Or possibly joining a trade school to learn a trade that allows you to have a skill set and make your brand worthy.

The gap year is an alternative that allows time for pondering, traveling, and networking. And if done strategically can begin to develop your personal brand a strong foundation.

College Application Checklist

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Applying to college can be tedious. Simply the idea of having to gather information such as letters of recommendation, transcripts, and personal statements. But don’t let the tedious task be the reason you do not apply. It is possible to get organized with written structure, such as this checklist provided by college bound. The link below is a simple guide to organizing your steps for the college application process.

College Application Checklist

8 Unhealthy Foods to Ban From Your Dorm Room

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06:  Junk food sits on a table as British Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver announces a partnership to attack state-wide obesity on March 6, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. The Victorian Government and the Good Foundation will pledge together over AUD5 million to bring Oliver's 'Ministry of Food' to the state to help teach cooking techniques and nutrition to participants and help combat obesity as part of the Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

8 Unhealthy Foods to Ban from your Dorm Room

Ok, most people know it as the freshmen 15. Many young adults just entering college are used to a nice cooked home meal from their mother. A nice balanced plate of protein carbohydrates and fruit. However, when you enter college, there are no more home cooked meals provided. One must learn to cook for themselves. They must grocery shop, buy utensils to cook with, and clean up after yourself. These demands on being an adult may seem easy to adjust to as eating is a basic human need, but it is not as simple as it sounds, and many young people gang several pounds and become quite unhealthy due to this adjustment.

This article in the link about is a great example of what not to eat. Staying away from processed foods, cooking more frequently and having a diet high in fruits and vegetable is important to maintain optimal health, as well as be focused on doing great in class as opposed to losing weight or other things that are not as important as excelling in the classroom. Having a balanced diet is essential to brand development, so please, stay healthy!