Tampa SAT Tutor’s Pick for Finding Books on Your Summer Reading List: Paperback Swap

Posted on 28th June 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I am helping one IB student with her summer reading. Instead of trudging to the bookstore or library to get the books that we needed, I tried a website for trading paperbacks that’s at  http://www.paperbackswap.com.

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As the name implies, you can list your books on the site and trade them with other users for free. When you list 10 books, you get two free credits. Books are generally one credit each, so I was able to get one of the two books that I needed  for free. (They didn’t have the other one, but I’m not complaining.)

The site is also great way to get rid of a lot of books that I no longer want. The site has a nifty system that lets you print out postage and labels for the books that other members want, so you can mail the books you’re trading to other members without making a trip to the post office.

I know that this post has very little to do with Tampa SAT tutoring, but I thought the resource might interest those who want to save a little money on summer reading books.

If you are looking for an affordable SAT or ACT tutor in Tampa, FL, call Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959.

 

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Tampa English Tutor Says TGIS – Thank God It’s Summer

Posted on 13th June 2010 in Tampa Reading Tutor

A few of my students just finished taking their SATs and ACTs and I am glad to have a little break from private SAT tutoring.

My wife teaches at one of the middle schools in Wesley Chapel, FL, so I’m really happy that she’s finally off for the summer.
Today we hit some garage sales in the lovely Stagecoach subdivision.

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For me, garage sales are mostly about hunting for books.  I’ve collected so many books this year.  Maybe summer will finally give me the time to read a few. One of the books I hated in high school was The Great Gatsby. I re-read it tonight because I will be tutoring a student who needs help with it next week.

It will never be a favorite of mine, but it’s a much better book than I thought.

What’s on your summer reading list?

Eric Anderson is a private Tampa English Tutor serving students in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and Temple Terrace, Florida, as well as surrounding neighborhoods. Contact Eric at 813.787.8959.

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Wesley Chapel Language Arts Tutor’s Commonly Confused Words: Continual and Continuous

Posted on 9th June 2010 in Tampa Language Arts tutors

I haven’t ever seen a question on the SAT Error ID section that tests the difference between continual and continuous, but it’s good to know.

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  • Continual means occurring from time to time or intermittently.

While we shared an office, I grew weary of her continual comments about my poor eating habits.
The British Petroleum workers attempting to repair the broken oil pipe have faced continual setbacks.

  • Continuous means over a stretch of time without ceasing.

After 45 minutes of continuous exercise, the fat man collapsed.
The oil has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico continuously for 51 days.

If your son or daughter is preparing to take the SAT, PSAT, or ACT in the fall, why not use this summer to get ready? Contact Wesley Chapel English Tutor Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959.