I could not be happier for one of my New Tampa SAT Tutoring students. He applied himself to improving his writing and critical reading and it paid off.
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Based on his PSAT scores, we projected he would score about 1900 on the SAT, but he did much better.
He is a student in the King IB Program.
If your son or daughter is taking the SAT this year and would like some individual help preparing, please contact me at 813.787.8959 or at Tampa tutor at tampa bay dot rr dot com.
Teaching writing is an amazingly subjective enterprise. I just finished a book about a middle school writing teacher and his students. I read it in hopes of finding some activities that I could do with my younger writing students.
As far as my goal for reading, mission accomplished. The book was well-written and contained a few good activities to teach story writing.
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Nevertheless, I was horrified by the sections describing the writing conferences and by the advice that the writing teacher reports having given to parents at several points in the story. He admits to steeling a set of student tests and to advising a parent who was considering private school that his son could be just as easily corrupted by classmates at a private school as by classmates at a public school. It’s hard to imagine someone so insensitive to a father that he or she would offer up that bit of unsolicited wisdom.
Some days I feel like I am not a good writing teacher, but I know better than to do that. I guess the dozen people who gave this writing teacher’s book five star reviews weren’t bothered by either of those details.
I looked at reviews of the book on Amazon, and everyone else seemed to have enjoyed it, but I found myself rolling my eyes and feeling sorry for the kids. I’m not naming names, just venting, I guess.
The book is a good reminder of how many different approaches there are to teaching writing and to dealing with people.
Eric Anderson is a writing tutor. He lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida, and tutors students in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties. If you have a student who would like help becoming a better writer, call Eric at 813.787.8959.
A few months ago, I read a little of Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman with one of the middle school students I tutor. I enjoyed the excerpt, and I always wanted to finish the book. Yesterday, I finally did.
Seedfolks is the story of 13 inhabitants of an inner-city Cleveland neighborhood and how they are changed by their roles in transforming a rat-infested vacant lot into a lush community garden. Each character tells his or her own story.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the overlapping stories. I especially enjoyed the “inside baseball” essay that closes the book and offers readers insight into the book’s origins and the connections between author and story.
If your child needs help improving his or her reading, call New Tampa Reading Tutor Eric Anderson. Eric tutors students in grades 6-12 in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Carrollwood, and Temple Terrace, Florida. Reach him at 813.787.8959 or at tampa tutor at tampabay dot rr dot com.
I really enjoy tutoring writing. I’m blessed to be able to do something that I like to do and get paid for it. Today I met one of my favorite students at the Panera on West Kennedy and worked with her on some ways to improve the assignments that she is doing for an online course at USF.
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I also got the chance to read a children’s book that I found at the New Tampa Friend’s of the Library bookstore. It’s Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler by William Wise. I think I will work on creating a writing prompt to go with the book for one of my younger students.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story because it’s well written, fun to read, and nicely illustrated. I think it would appeal to 3rd to 5th graders who have strong reading skills. I hope my student will enjoy it as much as I did.
If your son or daughter would like some extra one-on-one help in reading, writing, grammar, or vocabulary, call Tampa English Tutor Eric Anderson. He tutors students in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel and Temple Terrace, Florida. Reach him at tampatutor at tampabay dot rr dot com or by calling 813.787.8959.
Most colleges require applicants to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the ACT. Although a few colleges or universities require one or the other, many accept both. So, which one should you take?
Here is a quick break down to help you decide:
- Time – Both the SAT and ACT are approximately three hours long. The SAT takes 3 hours and 5 minutes, and the ACT takes 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete.
- Cost – The cost of the SAT is $43. The basic ACT test costs $30, and if you take the optional writing portion, you pay an additional $14.50.
Before deciding which test to take, look at the requirements of the colleges you are considering, think about your academic strengths, and talk to your parents. Review the admission policies of your school choices carefully. Try to take a few practice tests of each kind if you are not certain which test is right for you.
Eric Anderson is a Tampa, Florida-based English tutor. He tutors Reading Comprehension and writing for the SAT and Reading and English for the ACT. Contact him at tampatutor at tampabay dot rr dot com or by phone at 813.787.8959.