Vocabulary and SAT Critical Reading

Posted on 28th December 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I was talking to a parent of one of my tutorees this morning. She was trying to convince her son to dedicate himself to studying more vocabulary before he takes the SAT in a month.

She is right that a lot of a person’s critical reading score is determined by his or her ability to decode vocabulary.

Certainly, vocabulary matters on the quarter of the SAT critical reading questions that are sentence completions, but I find that a surprising number of questions missed in the critical reading are because the student cannot properly decode an unfamiliar word or phrase in the passage or answer choices.

I like to teach vocabulary using a series of books about word roots, but some students also like a series called Vocabulary Cartoons.

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If you are preparing for the SAT and struggling with the critical reading section, work on your vocabulary. Spend an hour a day with one of these resources and your score will climb!

Eric Anderson is an English and history tutor who lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida. He tutors high school and college students in language arts and history.

Reach Eric by e-mail at Tampa tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com. He tutors students in New Tampa, Odessa, Temple Terrace, and Carrollwood.

SAT Student Scores 40 Point Gain on Writing

Posted on 26th December 2010 in English Tutor Success Stories

One of my favorite Tampa SAT tutoring students just got her scores back. She scored 40 points better on SAT writing! She is an exceptional student and already had top scores in math and reading, so the gain in writing is good news!

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She is looking at University of Florida, FSU, and University of Central Florida and should be a good candidate for admission for all three schools.

I applaud her hard work and dedication to getting in to a top school.

Eric Anderson is a English and history tutor. He tutors SAT English and writing and ACT English and ACT Reading. Reach Eric at 813.787.8959 or by e-mail at Tampa tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com. He offer college application essay help .


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College Application Essay Help Client Gets Nod from Univ of Michigan

Posted on 20th December 2010 in Essay Writing & Help

I received some great news from one of my college application essay writing clients. One of her dream schools is the University of Michigan, and she received the thick envelope from them last week.

She got in!

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Hearing such good news from her parents is thrilling.

She is an outstanding student and will do well at U of M or any other school that she attends.

Eric Anderson is a Tampa English tutor, history tutor, and SAT/ ACT reading and writing tutor . He serves students in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Odessa, and Carrollwood.

He also offers students applying to college a review of their college application essays by a team of professional writers with a track record of getting to yes with such schools as FSU, UF, Emory, and University of Michigan. The review includes specific suggestions to make the essay better and a check to make sure that the college application essay follows the conventions of standard written English. Call Eric at 813.787.8959.

Tampa English Tutor Finds Tips for Unlocking Creativity

Posted on 10th December 2010 in Tampa Language Arts tutors

As someone who has moments when the writing just won’t flow, I especially like tips and tricks for beating writer’s block and letting the words flow.

If you’re a writer motivated only by an impending deadlines, you ought to devote a minute or two to this list.

I was using Stumble Upon when I found 201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity by Katie Tallow of Momentum Gathering.

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What’s your favorite way to break writer’s block and get the words flowing?

Eric Anderson is a freelance writer and English and history tutor in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Contact him at Tampa tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com or by calling 813.787.8959.


Tampa Writing Tutor’s Student Graduates from USF

Posted on 8th December 2010 in Tampa Writing Tutor

Time certainly goes quickly.

Yesterday, I found out that one of the students who I tutor in writing is graduating from USF.

I wish her well as she enters a tough job market.

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Regardless of her career path, the extra work she has put in to learning to write better will help her.

Eric Anderson is a Tampa writing tutor . He lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Reach Eric at 813.787.8959 or by emailing him at Tampa Tutor at Tampa Bay dot RR dot com.