Tampa English Tutor Welcomes Back Students

Posted on 30th August 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

Today was perhaps the world’s longest day of tutoring. Four stops and a quarter of a tank later, I’m home. Two hours of SAT tutoring in New Tampa, 2 hours of American History tutoring in New Tampa, and a marathon tutoring session on Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan in North Tampa. One of the best things about being a private tutor is not knowing exactly what each day will bring.

Today, I helped at least one student escape hair pulling stress….

I’m tired, but I really enjoyed myself today. I am blessed to have a great group of students and parents as tutoring clients.

If your son or daughter needs help with English, history, or American Government don’t pull out your hair, call Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959 for private one-on-one tutoring.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 8/30/2009 10:49 PM

 

 

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Tampa English Tutor Says You’re Right Craig

Posted on 27th August 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

As the world’s funniest late night host says, “It’s a great day for America.” When I meet some of the kids that I’m fortunate enough to tutor, I have to agree. As school starts again, summer become fall, and the Rays still may still stumble into the wildcard, why shouldn’t we feel a little bit optimistic about America?

As I sat with one of my tutoring students this week reading an American History textbook, I noticed that the author appeared to go out of his way to emphasize the shortcomings of our country.

Photo by josey showa (say it fast, people..). Licensed under creative commons attribution only. See more of JS's photos in his photosream,

We have fallen short of our ideals, but America is still a great country. A study of history should be balanced, so I  was hoping that the textbook would tell both sides of the American story. We’re only on Chapter 2, so I’m still going to give the book a chance.

Regardless, it’s still a great day for America.

If your child needs English or history tutoring in New Tampa or Wesley Chapel, call Tampa tutor Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 8/27/2009 10:27 PM

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Tampa English Tutor Celebrates Back to School

Posted on 23rd August 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

My wife is a middle school teacher and loves the peace of the summer. She was ready for school this week. For me, summer means more tutoring than during the regular school year. It did this year because so many of my students were working on preparing for the SAT and ACT.

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My Tampa tutoring business has grown partly by word-of-mouth and partly because of parents finding me on the blog, so perhaps this school year will be busy for me. I hope so.

I’m looking forward to seeing a few of my tutoring students who traveled over the summer and hearing about their adventures.

For the 16-year-old in our house, back to school means savoring the independence of being able to drive herself and the end of daylight sleeping time. The end of staying up to watch Craig Ferguson’s silly puppets.

I wish her, along with all the other students lucky enough to be heading to school this fall, good luck.

If your student needs help with writing, reading, English grammar, or preparing for the ACT, SAT, or PSAT,  call Eric Anderson, Tampa English Tutor.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 8/23/2009 11:04 PM

 

 

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Tampa English Tutor Finds Neat Grammar Resource

Posted on 12th August 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

The world is filled with books on English grammar. Ahh, but if there were only more time to read them all…

If you’re trying to improve your English grammar, you will be interested in the free Basic English Grammar e-Book from those nuts over at the Daily Writing Tips.

Those nutters at the Daily Writing Tips, well, you’ll never guess what they’ll e-mail to you if you ask. One every day. Even Sunday.

It don't hurt much. At least apostrophes can be easily removed. Image courtesy of Lyndi and Jason. Licensed Under Creative Commons. They go to some cool places. Check out their photostream.

Now they have their very own grammar guide and it’s free.

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/the-basic-english-grammar-ebook/

I know. What will those crazy kids do next? Very nicely laid out, clear examples, good writing, and it’s free. If, after reading it, you still want more grammar help, call the Tampa English Tutor Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959.

If you want to know what a dangling participle is, or if you just want to improve your SAT score on the writing section so that you can get in to the college of your dreams, I can help you.

Download your free guide here. If you’re feeling frisky, you can even get the daily writing tip. It’s free. I know. I can’t believe it either.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 8/12/2009 1:49 PM

 

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Jeers for the Livescribe Pen as a Tool for Students (Jeers for the New Tampa Target…)

Posted on 6th August 2009 in Tampa Writing Tutor

I just purchased a cool new tool from Target in New Tampa. I have an interview coming up for a copy writing project, and a writer friend recommended I get a Livescribe pen (www.livescribe.com) to help me take notes.

Livescibe pen photo by Brenda Wallace and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Only. See more of Brenda's photos in her Flicker photostream.

By no means would I claim to be a gadget geek, but I have to say that I’m really excited about the Livescribe. It allows you to take notes on special notebooks made to go with the pen and go back and tap on your notes to hear what was been said when you made those notes.

Cool, huh?

Certainly as a former instructor, I would want students to get permission before recording a lecture — and in some states — permission is a legal requirement, but what a cool tool!

It’s expensive — $150 for the 1G model, but as my friend advised — the 1G holds over 100 hours of recorded information so that may well be enough.

Many times in my business life, I have reviewed notes from a conference call or notes from an interview and tried to recapture what was being said. Livescribe solves that problem.

I have not gotten to take mine out of the box and give it a test drive, but I will do it tonight and tomorrow. As I get some experience using it, I  will write more about Livescribe here. I think it is going to be a tool that is almost ideal for taking lecture notes for students — at least the ones who go to an actual classroom and hear a teacher lecture.

Being able to reconnect the notes with the spoken lecture would be particularly helpful in reviewing for exams. If you are a student user of the Livescribe, I would love to hear the pluses and minuses of using it in the classroom. Feel free to comment on this post!

Online, generally speaking, rewind isn’t a problem. I hope Livescribe will be something that I can recommend to Tampa English tutoring clients.

The pen can be purchased at Target, but my advice is go right to the Livescribe site, they have a special as of this writing where you can get four notebooks free with the pen and they are offering free shipping. Target would not price match because it was an Internet offer. I really like to shop there, but getting I didn’t feel like a valued customer after being told that’s just our policy.

It’s a shame when a big, normally customer focused business can’t empower their people to do the right thing for customers who have made a purchase from them.

If you need an English or history tutor in New Tampa or Wesley Chapel, FL, call Eric at 813.787.8959.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 8/6/2009 4:12 PM