New Tampa ACT Tutor Wishes Students Good Luck on Saturday

Posted on 31st January 2010 in Tampa ACT Preparation

I’ve been working with a few students to get them ready for this Saturday’s ACT. Although questions on the ACT are easier than those on the SAT, the ACT demands that students work quickly. I have been tutoring one ACT prep student to help him develop strategies to complete the 75 question English section within the 45 minute time limit. We have also been working on ways to improve his speed in the ACT reading section.  Today, he completed a practice reading test within the time limit.

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In a recent post, I mentioned as a resource for SAT students, and this site is also a great place to find practice ACT questions and ACT test tips for procrastinators.

Best of luck to all my Tampa ACT prep students and all New Tampa high school students taking the ACT on February 6th. Upcoming ACT test dates and registration deadlines can be found here.

For students and parents who live in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, or Carrollwood and would like to get help preparing for the English and reading portions of the ACT, contact Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959. Although he does not tutor the math portion of the SAT or ACT, he can recommend an excellent New Tampa math tutor.

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New Tampa SAT Tutor Shares SAT Preparation Resource:

Posted on 25th January 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I was exploring some teacher websites in an effort to find more SAT students and I discovered a gem in the favorite links page of a New Tampa reading teacher. It looks like a wonderful free resource for students who want to track their progress as they prepare for the SAT.

This photograph is the work of seeminglee. Licensed under creative commons. / CC BY-SA 2.0

See more of his photos on Flickr.

It’s called and includes excellent tools for tracking student progress. Those who read this blog know that I recommend College Board’s SAT Question of the Day as a great way to sharpen SAT skills.

Right now, I am just starting to use the number2 site, but it looks to be a superb SAT prep resource.

If you are trying to help your son or daughter get ready to take the SAT or ACT and would like to get him or her some one-on-one private SAT tutoring, contact Eric Anderson, New Tampa SAT and ACT tutor at 813 787 8959 or at tampatutor at tampa bay dot rr dot com. I hope that you find useful.


New Tampa Tutor Says Good Luck to SAT Students

Posted on 19th January 2010 in Tampa English Tutor

It’s crunch time for those taking the SAT on Saturday. I was tutoring a student in Barnes and Nobles this afternoon and noticed the place was crowded with students doing the last-minute SAT cram.

I know the Spanish guitar has nothing to do with studying for the SAT, but I like the photo… / CC BY 2.0

It seems like a million years ago when I took the test. I remember it being unbearably cold in the test room at USF. All I can say to those taking it on Saturday is get a good night’s rest and bring a jacket.

I have been blessed to study with some talented students. I wish all of them extraordinary success on Saturday’s SAT.

Eric Anderson is an English and history tutor in Tampa, Florida. He tutors students from grades 6-12 and adults in reading, writing, grammar, language arts, and in the Reading Comprehension and writing sections of the SAT. Reach Eric at 813.787.8959 or at tampa tutor at tampa bay dot rr dot com. Eric is a freelance web content writer and a graduate of Chamberlain High School and Stetson University.

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The Power of Habits: HabitForge as a Tool for Students

Posted on 12th January 2010 in Tampa English Tutor

I read something worth sharing in Power Writing, the newsletter of publications coach Daphne Gray-Grant. Her newsletter is wonderful for anyone who wants to learn to write better and faster. (Her book is on my wish list…)

Anyway, she wrote an article about HabitForge, a new site that allows you to describe habits you want to develop and set daily goals. Each day the site sends an e-mail asking whether you met your daily goal. The site is based upon the premise that it takes 21 days to form ahabit. You get the reminders until you answer yes to your goal questionfor 21 consecutive days.

Photo by Wonderlane and licensed under Creative Commons. See more of her photos on Flickr.
Dog lovers will appreciate her blog post about Christian the Dog Thief.

I am giving the HabitForge a try.

Maybe students preparing for the SAT can use it to build good SAT review habits. I would love to hear from students who are trying HabitForge. Is it working for you?

Eric Anderson is an English, history and American Government tutor who lives in Wesley Chapel, FL. He tutors students from grades 6 through 12 and adults. Eric is a graduate of Stetson University. Contact Eric by e-mail at tampa tutor at tampabay dot rr dot com or by calling 813.787.8959.


Wesley Chapel, FL Language Arts Tutor’s Tips for Writing a Good Book Report

Posted on 12th January 2010 in Tampa Language Arts tutors

Although I love to read, I have never liked writing book reports. If you’ve been assigned one, try these tips for writing a good book report.

Tip #1:  Read the book.  Don’t try to fudge by reading only the book jacket and summary on the web.  If your assigned book is dull, read it out loud, or have your parent read parts of it to you.  Start on the assignment early so that you have plenty of time to finish the book and write, revise, and proofread your book report.

Tip #2:  List the characters.  Write down your impressions of them.  Be sure to pay attention to the point of view of the story. Is the story narrated from the point of view of one of the characters? Is it told by an all-knowing narrator?

Tip #3:  Set the scene.  As the author describes the places where the story is set, make notes and think about why the author chooses certain settings.

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Tip #4:  Summarize each chapter as you read. Keep track of the key events of each chapter. Keep it short.

Tip #5: Review the format for the book report supplied by your teacher. Make certain that your report is written in the correct format. Plan your work so that you can show your teacher a rough draft before the book report is due and get some advice on ways to improve your report.

Tip #6:  Put it all together.  Once you have your notes completed, you are ready to write the book report.  Book report formats vary, but many include a summary, the main characters, the setting and an evaluation of the book.

Eric Anderson is a freelance web copywriter. He lives in Wesley Chapel, FL and tutors students in grades 6-12 and adults in English, Language Arts, essay writing, grammar, and SAT reading comprehension and SAT writing. To reach Eric, call 813.787.8959 or email him at tampatutor at tampabay dot r r dot com.