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ShareWorld Learning Center Summer Report 21601 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 tel: (408) 446 - 1956, (408) 446 - 5540

Teacher Spotlight: Math with Mr. Michael Lee

From Childhood to Your Career Students at ShareWorld Learning Center have been hard at work, engaging themselves in various subjects from Business Math and Speech and Debate to Classic Chinese Literature and Latin. The diverse range of topics covered can exposing students to various topics to stimulate their interests while helping them develop fundamental study and social skills. Older students had an equally tackled classes such as SAT Critical Reading, Writing and Math and essay writing as well as pre-study for subjects such as biology, chemistry, and math. All of our younger students’ hard work was put on display at the July 26 Open House, where parents, friends and family were invited to watch the students recite Chinese poetry, showcase their artwork, and deliver speeches.

Finally, at our August 5 seminar, we were able to cover topics such as having a solid foundation to prepare for the college application process, how to begin the career planning process, SAT I Critical Reading and Essay Writing, and planning for a career in the sciences. Join us as we pave the foundation for your student’s success. Our experienced teachers and diverse class selection are designed to help your students to succeed from high school, throughout college, and for life, by developing fundamental habits that promote social skills, intellectual vitality, and creativity. - ERIC WONG

For more information visit us online at, call our front desk at (408) 446-1956, or drop by at 21601 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014.

Math has always been a huge part of Mr. Lee’s life. With Master ’s degrees in Mathematics and Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Mr. Lee has made it his mission to share his love for math with his students. At ShareWorld since 2009, Mr. Lee teaches all levels of math, including Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, PreCalculus, and Calculus. He has helped many students get 800 on the Math 2C SAT Subject test and the Math portion of the SAT I. He enjoys hearing back from students that experienced a grade improvement or that received perfect SAT scores because of his tutelage. Mr. Lee takes a very direct approach to teaching. He teaches students to take all the complicated verbiage from word problems and simplify it into an equation that they can solve. Mr. Lee likes to de-emphasize direct memorization of formulas. Instead, he advocates indirect memorization by comprehension. This allows students to be able to produce the formulas for different types of problems intuitively.

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From The Students: UC and Common Application Essays away, I was already a junior, and my parents decided it was better for me to stay in the same school and prepare for college in America. Facing an

branches soaring to the sky, giving shade in blazing heat, and showers of autumn gold, I wish to shelter and nurture others, as I once took shelter under Mr. L. in America were a period of personal turmoil. My mother temporarily moved here from Thailand so that she could attend to my grandfather given him only six months to live, and he needed intensive care...However, thanks to my mother’s dedicated care and the medical treatment he was given, my grandfather lived. One year passed, then two, and by the

I became emotionally distressed, and my grades began to fall. Had it not been for my math teacher, Mr. L, I would not have survived. At the beginning of my junior year, Mr. L really took me under his wing. Almost religiously, he spent two hours a week with me, discussing my academic progress (or lack thereof) and coaching me on how I could better manage my time. But even more importantly, he listened to my personal problems and helped me cope with my distressing family situation. Thanks to Mr. L, I was able to put my life in order, and my self-

always been somewhat shy... I began coaching basketball, working with children ranging in grade from elementary through middle school... I will continue to grow, to become a bigger tree, to spread more branches, knowing that in the process great seeds are sown. - PEGGY C.

I became more engaged during class and aggressively sought help from all my teachers when I needed it. This was a big change for me, since I had

“I have always made sure that I treat friends and oth FEATURED CLASS: Introduction to Business Math with Eric Sun Math isn’t just a series of numbers and variables used by math teachers to torture us. Math is used across a the stock market, engineering, and accounting. This summer, Eric Sun used relevant real world examples to show how the business world is shaped by current events and math. One class went into a case study of Enron. Sun focused on math was a tool, albeit used in a bad way to hide losses and extract money from unknowing stockholders. He’s also discussed concepts such as leverage in the context of the stock market, as

it can both lead to increased gains or Sun also designed his class to expose students to current events and get them to read the news more. “Not only should we look at events in the past, but we should always keep an eye on what’s going on currently,” Sun said. Students are taught to take these current events and try to interpret the implications of these events into the future. They realize that the world is a series of interconnected webs; all decisions impact the world in far-reaching and sometimes even unexpected ways.

“Finance and stocks may seem boring, but when I put it into the correct context, the students responded well and were really enthusiastic and willing to learn,” Sun said.


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I started kindergarten, I only spoke Chinese at home with my parents. As such, my funny Japanese made me the laughing stock of my peers. They mimicked my accents. I was often excluded from their play groups My life has consisted of constant relocations. To be exact, every three years, I have moved from one play to another, domestically or internationally. These relocations have put me through some tough times but have molded me into who determined to make my mark in the global world. I was born in Dalian, China. At age two, I moved to Japan. Until

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to this community haunted me during the next four years I spent in Japan. Although at elementary school, others no longer made fun of my accent, the local Japanese community, even in this global era, is still relatively conservative and homogenous. Having a Chinese last name was certainly not a medal of honor. It did not help that the rate of crimes committed by Chinese immigrant groups were increasing in Japan then. But whenever a handful of ruthless students would make critical remarks about my home country and its people, chanting “Dorobo! Dorobo! (Thief! Thief!),” there were also friends who protected me and supported me and said I was a good boy. My parents, who also experienced similar insults at that time, would tell me, “Live by the Golden Rule.” And I lived by it. After living in Japan for six years, I moved to America where

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I was once again struck with the in” proved to be much easier than I had anticipated. I have learned to be and have also grown more patient. Instead of being pessimistic about my quick acceptance into a group, I have with a positive attitude. Although it out that as long as I live by the Golden Rule, things would eventually fall into place. I have always made sure that I treat friends and others with the respect that every individual deserves. In this way, I have created a solid foundation for my adamant resolve to follow the Golden Rule, and eventually form some sound friendships. My early childhood experience and subsequent relocation have most importantly, to be open to others. No matter what profession I may take in the future, I will still live by the Golden Rule and make others happy before I seek my own satisfaction. Now, it is time for me to spread this Golden Rule to others. - HUAYI L.

hers with the respect that every individual deserves.” “Keystone habits” help individuals develop positive routines that lead to later successes in life continued from p. 4 Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” these formative “keystone habits” serve strong indicators of later success. They can lead to a positive impact in one area and unknowingly trigger a number of routines that will in so many aspects of our lives. One such habit is having willpower. A study at Stanford University involved children being given treats such as marshmallows. Children had a choice: they could have one marshmallow right away or they could have two later. Those that deferred their rewards and had mastered the

best grades, SAT scores on average of 210 point higher, were more popular, and did fewer drugs. Developing the “willpower muscle” also depends on the sense of control that you have over your life. One principle that helps is wholly embracing the idea that your your parents or anyone else. As Mark Muraven, a professor at the University of Albany puts it, “When people are asked to do something that takes self-control, if they think they are doing it for personal reasons—if they feel like it’s a choice or something

they enjoy because it helps someone else—it’s much less taxing.” Success snowballs into greater successes. By understanding the habits that have been developed in your life, you can begin the process of change. Though change may take a long time, with possible setbacks and failures along the way, success means giving yourself more power and control – to have the tools to help you reach your highest potential. - ERIC WONG & CHARLES TAI

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Time Management, Willpower, and Exercise, Oh My! Developing Habits for High School Success Classes, extracurricular activities, standardized tests, and parents are just some of the demands competing for your time and attention in high school. You should have a game plan to stay on top of everything and still have time to spend on yourself. Here are some skills and ideas taken from successful students for you to implement. Time management is one of the hardest skills to master. While there are dozens of ways to help manage your allotted 24 hours each day into a schedule, the most important

his book, “How to Win at College.” While high school students don’t have food and doing laundry, they do need to be proactive about managing their academic goals and progress. As seen on Dartmouth College’s Academic Skills Center website, they have a number of calendars available for planning a weekly schedule, for writing out your four-year goals, and overall academic requirements. This approach can be tailored to

Sunday morning and afternoon is a time for you to regroup, get organized, and get prepared for the upcoming week”

for you. For example, Cal Newport, author of “How To Be A High School Superstar,” advocates developing a Sunday ritual to maximize your slew of assignments and projects that inevitably pile up. “Sunday morning and afternoon is a time for you to regroup, get organized, and get prepared for the upcoming week,” Newport writes in

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“What colleges do I want to apply to?” “What schools are going to accept me?” These questions usually pop up at the end of high school, but getting a head start on thinking about these issues will make your high school journey that much more rewarding and enjoyable.

Standardized Tests

INVESTIGATION: “What Goes Into A College Application?”

high school. Write out the assignments that you have to complete by the end the end of every night, make milestones spread out over a period of time for your projects, and leave yourself some

the end of each day. Even if something unexpected comes up or you happen to have three projects due on the same day, this technique can help you spread out the workload so that you won’t be overwhelmed the night before the deadline. An often overlooked habit is taking care of your body. Despite all the pressures and demands placed on students, students should schedule time to engage in exercise, whether it is an organized after school sport, yoga, running, weight lifting, recreational sports or some cardiovascular activities. Stepping back from the direct benefits of exercise, studies show that habitual exercise triggers other patterns in people such as eating better, being more productive at work, smoking less, and exhibiting more patience with family members. According to “The Power of Habit:

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