Tampa English Tutor Study Tips #3 and #4: Finding the Right Time and Place

Posted on 28th October 2008 in Tampa English Tutor
  • Tampa English Tutor Study Tip #3 Know Your Productive Times

In my four years of tutoring, I have learned that each of us has our own rhythms and habits. My wife is most productive in the afternoon. If the task is difficult, don’t ask her to do it first thing in the morning.

I work best in the late evening when the house is quiet.  I can write or make lessons plans for students I am tutoring with no distractions.

If you have studying to do for a class, think about when you are most productive.

Are you an early morning person?

If you are, schedule your difficult studying to take advantage of your most productive hours. Get up earlier and get an hour of quality studying in before your day starts. Whatever your most productive times, adjust your study routine to do your most demanding studying then.

If test dates are equally distant, do your studying for your more hated subject first when you’re freshest. That’s a system I have found works for many of my best Tampa English Tutoring clients.

  • Tampa English Tutor Study Tip #4: Finding the Right Place to Study

Give some thought to what you can do to make your study environment contribute to your academic success.

If you are taking AP or IB classes at King High School or Land O’Lakes High School, you need to make your study time count.  You probably know a lot about how to do that.

How much of that knowledge are you putting in to practice?

I meet a fair number of parents who don’t know why their sons or daughters aren’t earning good grades. When we start tutoring, I see a person who tries to study while they keep up on their IMs and monitor caller ID on their cell phone.

Ask and they’ll say, “I’m a multi-tasker.”

No. Not really. Actually, you’re distracted and studying in an environment that’s hurting you.

Why not create a study environment that gives you the best chance of success?
A clean, well-lighted place. A clear desktop. Shut off the distractions and focus your full attention on learning what you’ll need to know. You will be amazed at how faster you learn when you give what you’re studying all of your attention.

Knowing yourself well enough to do the most difficult studying at your most productive times and creating a good study environment are keys to succeeding in King High School’s IB program or as an AP student.

As an English tutor, I apply these tips when I plan time for preparing lessons for my students. If you need English Tutoring, here are five reasons to hire me as your Tampa English Tutor.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 10/28/2008 12:30 AM


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Tampa English Tutor Gets Good News: Student SAT Score Climbs by 110 Points

Posted on 24th October 2008 in Tampa SAT Preparation

The SAT results just reached a client’s mailbox, and I received a happy phone call.

One of my students for Tampa SAT Tutoring improved his verbal SAT score by 110 points!

He and I worked diligently to achieve those results. I believe that talking about the SAT test and the common test traps on the verbal sections helped him.

Also learning when to guess on the SAT certainly made him a smarter SAT test taker.

I hope a higher SAT score will allow this student to look at a wider selection of colleges and get him an acceptance letter from his first choice.

As a Tampa English Tutor offering help on the English portion of the SAT, nothing makes me happier than hearing a success story like RB’s. He made great strides in Critical Reading and Sentence Completions.

Here are five good reasons to consider hiring me as a private English tutor if you have a student in Tampa who needs help on the SAT or ACT.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 10/24/2008 11:24 PM


Tampa English Tutor Study TIp #2: Make Questions of Texbook Headings As You Read

Posted on 21st October 2008 in Tampa English Tutor

In working with a student in improving grades on a survey type course, one of the things that we started doing was changing the way that he read the textbook chapters.

The course he is taking requires attention to detail. To prevent his mind from wandering as he reads, I asked him to turn each heading in the textbook into a question that he wanted to know the answer to.

In this way, his reading became a purpose driven search for answers, rather than a passive attempt to absorb information.

I believe that this technique can help any student struggling to learn and retain textbook information. There is no substitute for a genuine desire to learn, but this technique can help any student get more out of reading. It’s simple. It’s effective and takes only a little longer than just reading the assigned pages.

I hope you will find this study tip helpful in improving your grades. If you need one-on-one help with English, Language Arts, or American History, here are a few good reasons to hire me as your tutor.


Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 10/21/2008 10:03 AM


Tampa English Tutor Study Tip #1

Posted on 18th October 2008 in Tampa English Tutor

I recently started tutoring a new student from the Hillsborough County IB program and the assessment that we did prior to starting our tutoring together was interesting.

This student and his parents sought my help as an American Government tutor. He was getting reasonably good grades on tests, but he was getting horrible grades on the weekly quizes.

A few questions revealed that he had not always done the assigned reading before hearing the lectures. As a consequence, I believe that sometimes he was unprepared for the pop quizes. Ironically the class is one for which this student has good aptitude and a fair degree of mastery of concepts because politics is discussed in his home.

For survey type courses in high school, I recommend to my students to get ahead and stay ahead of the lecture. To get good grades, you should be previewing the chapters before the lecture and making notes on concepts that give you trouble.

Even for good students, working with a tutor to preview material and discuss it before the teacher teaches it can make a student much more comfortable and dramatically improve quarter and semester grades.

If your son or daughter needs help in American History, European History, or American Government, the Tampa English Tutor can help you. Call me today at 813.787.8959.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 10/18/2008 6:01 PM


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Tampa English Tutor Offers FCAT Tutoring

Posted on 1st October 2008 in Tampa FCAT Preparation

The Tampa English Tutor has expanded his horizons just a little. Most of my students have been in high school, but a local tutoring company hired me to help an 8th grader prepare for the English portion of the FCAT.

By no means an FCAT expert at the outset, I was fortunate that my wife teaches 6th graders and was able to get me a slew of resources to help this student get a handle on the key skills for the FCAT.  (of course, I still want more quality FCAT materials and resources…)

So far this student has been a joy to work with. We end up doing a mixture of FCAT exercises and homework help, and he is blessed to have two wonderfully involved parents who do all the right things to help him achieve.

As accustomed as I am to doing several hours of tutoring at a time with older students, I have had to remind myself that prolonged tutoring just does not work for younger students. We end up working for an hour and mixing up the tutoring activities so that we stay focused and fresh.

For those tutors and educators with extensive FCAT expertise, I would love some advice on which resources are the best for teaching the skills needed to score well on the FCAT. Please feel free to email me using the address on the Tampa Tutoring blog with any great FCAT test resources for 8th graders.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 10/1/2008 11:29 PM


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