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tafkas77

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Hi there! :) Many of you know me as a biology tutor. I get many questions on a daily basis, but some of you are seeking answers only, which is extremely frowned upon on OpenStudy. I'd like to remind you of our no-cheating policy, updated in February. http://openstudy.com/terms-and-conditions OpenStudy is NOT an online answer-factory. We are here to encourage the learning process and strengthen you as students. So, basically - if you ask a question, please be prepared to learn! :) As you know, I love helping you learn, and I want to continue the process. Please be respectful of the OpenStudy Terms and Conditions, as well as the Code of Conduct. Failure do so will result in some unfortunate consequences... and we all want to keep using this site, right? :) Thank you, and keep on learning! ~Taffy

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  1. tafkas77
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    Here is the other link as well. :) http://openstudy.com/code-of-conduct

  2. Falco276
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    I understand this very much! Thank You! :D

  3. tafkas77
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    You're welcome! :D Thank you for your understanding. :)

  4. Falco276
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    :D

  5. Frostbite
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    Biology is unfortunately a science dependent on root learn (when you are able to use chemistry and math interdisciplinary along with the biology you can figure out most models) and is therefore hard to tutor (unless a case study). When they ask about general theory and definitions we somehow have a problem. For an example a person ask "What is the movement of water over a membrane, artificial or genuine, called?". Some may not know it is called osmosis and just say it is the diffusion water... both terms are correct but osmosis is the key word here and the right answer for the student and we as tutor know it. How is the person suppose to figure out it is called "osmosis" without giving away a obvious answer? The only thing we can do is to redirect him to a site or request he go take a look in his biology book. I therefore like this sentence: "We want you to make the responsible and ethical choice." In theory, they should be able to ask any question and we should be able to deliver responsible answer we are ready to defend. Another problem is that we all have a different sight upon how to act ethically. With that in mind we can not set a straight line for what is right and wrong but need to judge each case individually. So to return back to the question; "What is the movement of water over a membrane, artificial or genuine, called?" what would the responsible and ethical answer be? For me I would simply say it, as I outline before this is just something you have to know... like you need to know a butterfly is called a butterfly - yet it have nothing to do with "butter" I think the most important thing they pointed out based on the thinking from above is that you need to think before you answer the question. But that is not very different from life it self as you get longest by thinking before you act...

  6. tafkas77
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    Well, that was very well-thought out! :) @Frostbite I do understand where you are coming from, but biology isn't necessarily hard to teach, unless you make it more difficult. Though biology is, as you say, a root-learning based subject, it can be made easy through many different techniques. I'm pretty minimalist in my approach, focusing on the key notes while not overdoing the other information. Biology doesn't have to be hard just because of it's nature. :) And in definition cases and things like that, it is okay to give the answer as long as it doesn't directly answer the question. Cheating is frowned upon, so if a student posts an actual definition question, I tend to teach the student based on what they don't know. For (random) example: What is the study of life called? a) biology b) gerontology c) psychology d) numerology If the student doesn't know the answer, telling them "it's biology" isn't going to cut it. I usually ask the student if they have a guess or if they are lost. Sometimes, students have an idea of what they think the answer is, but they are scared that they are wrong. And they don't usually want to put themselves out there without encouragement. If the student is completely lost, I will define the incorrect answer choices, and show why the incorrect answers are wrong. For instance, gerontology is incorrect, because it is the study of the elderly - not life in general. Psychology is also incorrect, because it is the study of the mind - not life in general. And numerology is also wrong, because it is the study of numbers. Does that make sense?

  7. HorseCrazyGirlForever
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    I totally respect this. I see people just throwing out answers all to often, and then the student is back and asking the same question in different form a few minutes later! It not only doesn't teach the student, but shoves other questions out of the way to make room. :(

  8. tafkas77
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    @HorseCrazyGirlForever Thank you for your positive take on this. We need more positive and honest approaches on OS! :)

  9. Frostbite
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    Well it is perhaps also in the start of your outline where our common way become different. When I was hired by UCPH along with my own studies I was told by my professor the following and it is still hanging on my wall in my room today: "Descriptions of nature are (almost always) deficient. As scientists we are the ones required to take the conscious choice of the most appropriate description" So for me all knowledge should be combined into the most appropriate description for each individual case. It may be symbols, analogies, ideas and mechanisms proposed on the background of observations down to the very mathematics of systems. So knowing the level of the people is sure a advantage when helping... also considering that the educational background is different where I am from.

  10. tafkas77
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    Very true, very true. Basically, it all boils down to the ability of the student. Sometimes, it is necessary to go to their level. That way, they can learn from their comfort zone. That is how I tutor. Sometimes, that method of teaching will result in a smaller understanding, but it IS understanding after all. For instance, I'm not going to apply AP or IB level instruction to someone who may only be taking a standard class. That isn't fair to the learner. When I get messages from some of my regular "tutorees" about improved test scores and grades, it isn't the fact that I turned them into geniuses - it is that they have uncovered what they already are equipped with at their level. That is what I hope to do with everyone who I help. And it seems that is what you try to do as well! :)

  11. abb0t
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    N e 1 here have connexus lessin 10 answer?? Plez will fan + medal

  12. abb0t
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    Post n tag ur Q. I'll answer @Frostbite when I come on.

  13. summerforever21
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    respected, I do remind people that there is a rule on cheating and to read the code of conduct :)

  14. tafkas77
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    Great @summerforever21 ! :D We need to encourage this positive behavior on OpenStudy. With users like you, we are that much closer to our goal! :D Keep it up!

  15. summerforever21
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    I will try, somtimes I get nasty remarks from people when I tell them that but I tell them if they don't stop I can/may report them to a moderator.

  16. tafkas77
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    That's an excellent approach, especially because that's about all we can do anyway. :) We have to let the mods handle it, because it can get ugly otherwise, lol. You're doing good. :)

  17. summerforever21
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    Thank you and so are you :) Keep up the good work

  18. tafkas77
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    Likewise ;)

  19. summerforever21
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    Instead of hating, I have chosen to forgive and spend all of my positive energy on changing the world. Camryn Manheim

  20. tafkas77
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    That's an awesome quote! :) Adding it to my feel-good folder, lol. :)

  21. summerforever21
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    lol, thank you

  22. tafkas77
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    no problem :)

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