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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Student Scores 70 Point Gain in SAT Writing

Posted on 25th November 2013 in English Tutor Success Stories

I reconnected with one of my SAT writing prep clients to help her edit and proofread and learned that she had improved her SAT writing score by 70 points after our work together! She really worked hard to understand the grammar and punctuation rules tested on the SAT.

Congratulations V!


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SAT Critical Reading and Writing Student Makes 200-Point Gain

Posted on 6th June 2013 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I just got off the phone with the father of one of my favorite SAT tutoring students. He just got his SAT results! It’s his second time taking the test and he retook to improve his scores to get into his first-choice school. The great news is that he made a 200-point gain! The even better news is that the school accepted him, even before it received his score report for the second attempt.

J, congratulations on making such a large gain in a short time.

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If your son or daughter will be preparing for the SAT and wants help with the Writing or Critical Reading sections of the SAT, please call me. My name is Eric and I’m at 813.787.8959. I tutor students in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Odessa, and the surrounding area.

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Why SAT Scores Matter Even More

Posted on 21st December 2012 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I read a very interesting article in The Wall Street Journal today about how state governments are increasingly giving out scarce scholarship dollars based upon merit (The Shift to Merit Stirs Debate). Georgia appears to be the state leading in merit allocation of scholarship dollars.

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As states seek to meet budget shortfalls, I predict that they are going to make getting state-funded scholarships like Florida’s Bright Futures more difficult.

As a SAT writing tutor and SAT reading tutor, I have helped students get more Bright Futures money by helping them increase their SAT or ACT scores.

The politicians in state legislatures are facing tough problems. We have more government than we can afford, especially if the economy does not grow at a much higher rate.

I think that politicians will lower the costs of these merit scholarship programs in the way that is easiest to sell to constituents — they will raise the required GPA and test scores. Help your student hit a moving target.

Make sure that he or she gets the SAT or ACT scores necessary to maximize Bright Futures.   Let me help! Paying a private SAT tutor for eight or ten sessions is a bargain if it helps your son or daughter hit the threshold for a higher Bright Futures’ award.

Eric Anderson is a Wesley Chapel, FL-based SAT and ACT tutor. He offers in home tutoring to students who want to excel. Call him at 813.787.8959.

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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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