Open Letter to My Fellow Curmudgeons

Posted on 25th October 2010 in Essay Writing & Help

To those curmudgeons who believe that the youth of today are shallow slackers, I say not so fast old timer.

Things are much better than you think, even though I doubt those kids will stop riding their bikes over that section of grass near your driveway.

Although I mostly tutor reading, writing, and the reading and English portions of the SAT and ACT, I occasionally get asked by nervous parents to review the personal statements and college admission essays of tutoring clients.

If you don’t have a college-age kid, you might not know, but it’s time for seniors to be submitting their college applications.

I’ve been helping a few students contemplate how one of their meaningful experiences can be transformed into a “concise narrative” for the University of Florida and aiding others in grasping how they exemplify the virtues enshrined in FSU’s three-part motto.

My fellow curmudgeons, there is reason for hope for the generation coming of age right now.

I have done my share of worrying about the world they are going into, but reading a few of their college application essays has made me optimistic about their chances of being successful.Open Apple iPad with earphones

One of my students has been part of ground-breaking research in the heath sciences. Another overcame a fear of speaking by becoming president of the speech and debate team. A third lost a relative to cancer and became a leading money-raiser for Relay for Life.

Let not your hearts be troubled.

If your student needs a little college application essay help or just a second pair of eyes to look over a college application essay, call Eric at 813.787.8959.

Tampa ACT Tutoring

Posted on 12th October 2010 in Tampa ACT Preparation

I like tutoring ACT English and ACT Reading.

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Students who are good in science should consider taking the ACT because it has a science section. Check out my post on SAT versus ACT if you are trying to decide which test to take.

I’ve been working with one student to improve his ACT scores since this summer and he is making good progress.

He likes the test because he says the vocabulary is not as difficult as the SAT and because there is not a guessing penalty on the ACT.

If you are taking the ACT and need some help with the English or reading sections, please give me a call at 813.787.8959.

I tutor students in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Odessa, Temple Terrace, and the surrounding areas. Reach me at Tampa Tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com.

College Application Essay Help

Posted on 1st October 2010 in Tampa English Tutor

When it comes time for students who I have been tutoring to apply to colleges, my phones starts to ring. I’m not surprised that students who I have tutored in SAT English and essay writing call me for college application essay help.

I enjoy reading the rough drafts of college essays because they highlight the accomplishments of some gifted people.


(Yikes! I almost forgot to give credit to Dan Brady for this photo . Licensed under CC Attribution Only. See more imagesĀ  in Dan’s Flickr photostream. )

Eric is an English and history tutor based in Wesley Chapel, Florida. He tutors students in history, English, and American Government. If your son or daughter needs college essay writing help or a quick review of a draft, contact Eric at 813.787.8959 or by e-mail at Tampa tutor at Tampa bay dot r r dot com.