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.


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.

Tampa English Tutor Recommends Christopher Mouse for readers in 3rd to 5th grades

Posted on 9th February 2010 in Tampa Language Arts tutors

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.

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.

Tampa Language Arts Tutors Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Posted on 5th January 2010 in Tampa Language Arts tutors

If you are a high school student, you probably have to write regularly.  From homework to term papers to college application essays, you get your share of writing assignments.  Even good writers sometimes have difficulty writing. At times you may feel as if you have nothing to write about a particular topic.

You have writer’s block.

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Here are a few tips to help you overcome writer’s block.

  • Don’t procrastinate.  Procrastination can make writer’s block worse, but it can also cause it.  The pressure of a deadline can be paralyzing.  Try to get a draft done well before it’s due.
  • Don’t worry about the details.  The most important part of writing is to simply write.  Avoid focusing on spelling, grammar, and punctuation as you get your ideas down on paper.  Fix those details during editing.
  • Write about what you know.  If you are facing a creative writing assignment, write about something you know about.  Ann Lamott, a novelist who writes about writing in her book Bird by Bird, suggests writing about experiences in the school cafeteria.  It sounds strange, but her point is that when you write about a personal experience, you can sometimes get the momentum to overcome your writer’s block.
  • Read or go to the movies.  If you are really at a loss for writing material, reading will be an immense help. Read about your topic; read something that has nothing to do with your topic.  Reading opens the mind and invites new ideas. Isaac Asimov’s answer to writer’s block was a trip to the movies. Sometimes the best thing to do to get the words flowing is to let the world tell you a story.
  • Do a body check.  While this may sound like part of the new TSA screening procedure, it’s not. When I’m tired, I find writing harder. Check yourself and make sure that you are eating well and sleeping enough. Create the conditions that will let you do your best writing.

If you are stuck and need help writing an AP History DBQ or essay for English, call Tampa Language Arts tutor Eric Anderson’s tutoring hotline at 813.787.8959 or reach Eric by email at tampa tutor at tampa bay dot rr dot com.

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