Wesley Chapel English Tutor Summer Reading

Posted on 25th July 2009 in Tampa Reading Tutor

This summer didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. I thought I would be doing mostly history tutoring for a pair of IB students. It turned out that this summer’s hot item was SAT tutoring. I’ve had a pair of attentive students for most of the summer, but this week, I got a break. It seems like all of my students are on vacation and I have free day or two.

I decided to read a book. Crazy, I know.

Summer Reading image by Robert S Donavan on Flickr. Licensed under creative commons. One of the coolest photostreams ever!

It’s been a long time since I read anything purely because I wanted to. I did my thesis as an undergraduate on Charles Dickens and have always liked his writing. I decided to read David Copperfield. Not at one sitting, but a chapter a day.

One of the reasons I like Dickens is his diction. I always learn a few new words. He is a master storyteller and captures humanity with all of our tiny foibles and all of capacity for redemption.

Since the novels were originally serialized, they are constructed with chapter ending that are like season finales of CSI. At least I won’t have to wait until fall to find out what happens next.

Have you read anything good this summer?

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 7/25/2009 5:16 PM


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Tampa English and AP History Tutor Unplugged

Posted on 16th January 2009 in Tampa Reading Tutor

I wanted to share with you the results of our experiment in my household to unplug ourselves from the cell phones, I-pods, and Internet for a day. We joke with one another that we all seem to go into our separate worlds most days. My wife tends to watch television, my step daughter to use the Internet or IM, and I to write a press release or do some online tutoring.

Setting aside Monday to unplug was a really good experience in our family. My wife and daughter played Scrabble. My daughter showed my wife some artwork that she had done. We spent more time talking and catching up. It is strange that the Internet, a thing we all suppose connects us, should also isolate us and reduce the amount of offline interaction we have.

Certainly the glorious power of the Internet to connect us cannot be denied. Tonight, I reconnected with a fraternity brother whom I have not seen for 20 years because he found me on Facebook. He sent me a picture that reminded me of some wonderful times I had as Sig Ep at Stetson University and the good people I came to know in those years.

I would invite you to try the same experiment that we have done. Why not shut off the TV? Why not disconnect from the Internet and spend some time together as a family? Do it one day a week and let me know how it works for you. I liked being unplugged so much, I’m looking forward to Monday night and actually hoping I don’t have to Tutor AP history in New Tampa or tutor English at all that day.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 1/16/2009 12:24 AM


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