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Tampa Tutor on Path to Becoming FL Certified Teacher

Posted on 10th January 2014 in Tampa Writing Tutor

For a long time I have wanted to get my Florida teaching certificate. Over the last six months, I have taken the three education classes that are part of some alternative certification programs and created a program to get certified.

Yesterday, I passed the General Knowledge Test and soon will take one of the subject area tests for English. I haven’t done the algebra and geometry required of the mathematics part of the General Knowledge Test for FL teachers for many years.

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Shortly I hope to be able to add that I am a FL certified teacher to the reasons you should hire me an an English or writing tutor. I tutor English in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Carrollwood, Odessa, and the surrounding communities. Contact me at 813 787 8959.



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Tampa SAT Tutor: SAT Writing Book Recommendation

Posted on 26th November 2013 in Tampa Writing Tutor

I recently purchased Erica Meltzer’s The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar to try out with one of my SAT writing students who is preparing for the Dec 7 SAT. He and I both liked this book.

As a person who has created SAT writing questions and numerous practice tests, Erica really knows the way the test makers think. If you want to improve your SAT writing score, get this book and the College Board’s blue book and work your way through them.

One of the best features of this guide is that it codes each of the writing questions in the bluebook by question type so that you can focus your learning on the types of questions that are giving you the most difficulty.

If you are in Tampa and want to improve your SAT Writing or Critical Reading score, call me at 813.787.8959. I tutor students in New Tampa, North Tampa, Odessa, Lutz, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, and the surrounding areas.

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Tampa SAT Reading Tutor Recommends Mindful Midweek

Posted on 19th December 2012 in Tampa Writing Tutor

One of the very best ways to learn vocabulary is in the context of a piece of writing read for enjoyment. Much of required reading in high school isn’t much fun. I signed up for a free newsletter from Don Kuhl at The Change Companies that is fun to read. Don’s newsletter is called Mindful Midweek.

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The newsletter is billed as an opportunity to “evaluate and recognize how the choices you make each day can bring joy to your life.”

What could be better than that, except perhaps improving your vocabulary while your bringing joy to your life.

The selections are generally short and include a word of the week that is used in context and defined in the margin.

Eric is a SAT English and writing tutor based at a secret location in Wesley Chapel. Call him at 813 787 8959.

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Tampa English Tutor Finds Good Post on Punctuating Bulleted Lists

Posted on 22nd February 2012 in Tampa Writing Tutor

Check out Lynn’s post about properly punctuating bulleted lists.

She includes a great run down of the ways that The  Chicago Manual of Style, Gregg’s Reference Manual and Garner’s Modern American Usage differ in the punctuation guidance they give.

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This bulleted list isn't quite parallel and leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Image by Ben Ostrosky and licensed under cc by 2.0. Visit's Ben's blog at

My pet peeve is bulleted lists that don’t follow the rules of parallel structure.

Eric Anderson is an English and history tutor in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

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Tampa SAT Writing Tutor Student Scores 150 Point Gain

Posted on 1st November 2011 in Tampa Writing Tutor

News keeps trickling in from students who took the October SAT. I heard this week from a happy parent of a scholarship athlete who may be headed to an Ivy League school. He needed to raise his SAT writing score and did a super SAT Writing cram session with me.

We reviewed all of the major grammar rules tested on the SAT in one marathon session.  At any rate, our work together and the practice tests he took helped him make a 150-point increase! He already had a decent score, so getting to an elite level really took some doing.

Way to go, JV!


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