New Tampa Math Tutor, Statistics Tutor, Calculus Tutor

Posted on 28th July 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

If you need a tutor for mathematics, SAT math, AP statistics, or any other high school or college math class, I can give you an outstanding recommendation to a good friend of mine: Marnie Stevens.

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Marnie tutors math in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and North Tampa. For prompt, professional math tutoring call her at 813.610.5402.

Prior to becoming a math instructor at two local colleges, she earned a masters in statistics from USF and worked as an actuary.
As you might expect of someone with such a background, she is a superb statistics tutor and an excellent communicator and teacher.

In addition to having referred AP statistics tutoring and algebra tutoring students to her over the last several years, I hired her to help my daughter improve her grade in PreCalculus. Two or three tutoring sessions and my daughter’s grade climbed from the D/F range to the B/A range. She finished the course with a very high B.

There is no one that I know who is a better math tutor in New Tampa or Wesley Chapel. She tutors from all high school and college math from remedial to AP and Honors Calculus and Statistics.

If you need a New Tampa math tutor, call Marnie.


Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 7/28/2009 12:40 AM


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Wesley Chapel English Tutor Summer Reading

Posted on 25th July 2009 in Tampa Reading Tutor

This summer didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. I thought I would be doing mostly history tutoring for a pair of IB students. It turned out that this summer’s hot item was SAT tutoring. I’ve had a pair of attentive students for most of the summer, but this week, I got a break. It seems like all of my students are on vacation and I have free day or two.

I decided to read a book. Crazy, I know.

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It’s been a long time since I read anything purely because I wanted to. I did my thesis as an undergraduate on Charles Dickens and have always liked his writing. I decided to read David Copperfield. Not at one sitting, but a chapter a day.

One of the reasons I like Dickens is his diction. I always learn a few new words. He is a master storyteller and captures humanity with all of our tiny foibles and all of capacity for redemption.

Since the novels were originally serialized, they are constructed with chapter ending that are like season finales of CSI. At least I won’t have to wait until fall to find out what happens next.

Have you read anything good this summer?

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 7/25/2009 5:16 PM


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Tampa English Tutor Recommends McGraw Hill SAT Book

Posted on 20th July 2009 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I have been helping students prepare for the SAT in Wesley Chapel, FL and New Tampa for a few years. I have used materials from Kaplan, Princeton Review, Barron’s, and a few other companies.

Although, I have found many of the SAT Prep guides put out by these companies to be of good quality and exceptionally useful, the McGraw Hill SAT 2009 book is better than most of the other SAT prep guides.

It’s broken down into lessons that include ample practice on the skills learned. It’s clear and concise. Questions are a good approximation of the test.  It includes detailed answers to all the sample SAT questions.

I have consistently found a little better coverage in the McGraw Hill book than in other SAT prep books.

For example, McGraw Hill’s book includes coverage of several points of grammar that will not be tested on sentence correction questions.

Knowing which grammar rules won’t be the source of sentence errors helps students approach the questions with more confidence and avoid choosing answers that are wrong.

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Anyway, back to the review:

According to the McGraw Hill SAT book, pronoun case errors with who and whom will not appear on sentence correction questions. Many of my students stress over pronoun case and who and whom. Knowing that if they see a pronoun case error on sentence correction questions, it will involve he and him or she and her, and not who and whom helps.

If you are shopping for an SAT preparation guide, I would certainly recommend McGraw Hill’s 2009 SAT book. If you need some one-on-one SAT tutoring in Tampa, FL, call 813.787.8959 and ask for Eric, Tampa English Tutor.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 7/20/2009 8:52 PM


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Tampa IB History Tutoring Success Story

Posted on 19th July 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

I recently spoke to the parents of one of my Tampa, FL history IB tutoring students.

I started tutoring her late in the last school year because she was struggling in the ancient history class that all freshmen in the IB program take at King High School.

For some students, the level of reading required to master the textbook for the course is a challenge.

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At any rate, I heard this week that she did very well in the course. I’m pleased and very proud of her. She is one of the hardest working and most dedicated students that I have ever tutored.

Her results are a reflection of the daily work that she did.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 7/19/2009 9:05 AM



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Tampa IB Student Makes Smart SAT Prep Move

Posted on 9th July 2009 in Tampa SAT Preparation

One of my favorite Tampa SAT prep students is in the Tampa IB program. His summer reading assignment is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter. I know that I am probably one of the few students who liked the book when I read it in high school. I liked it even more when I re-read it this summer.

I guess that’s why I tutor English.

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This student and I had discussed using the book to build SAT vocabulary. He showed me exactly how he is accomplishing that goal. Those cool cats at Kaplan have done something pretty smooth with The Scarlett Letter.

Kaplan has created a version that has all of the SAT words defined on the facing pages. Not only does this help students get the maximum SAT prep value from reading a book that many IB students have to read anyway, but it makes the book easier to enjoy and helps students learn vocabulary in context.

For all of you summer IB reading procrastinators — and you know who you are — go out and get a copy of Kaplan’s version of Hawthorne’s classic. SAT Version of The Scarlett Letter by Kaplan on Amazon. Used ones for a little over $4 so you can spring for the expedited shipping.

Get started today on your summer reading for IB English and get in some good vocabulary building for the sentence completion exercises on the SAT!  If you need help with summer reading or want to use part of your summer to prepare for the SAT, call 813.787.8959 to reach Eric Anderson, Tampa SAT Prep Tutor.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 7/9/2009 6:47 PM