Tampa English Tutor Gives SAT Math Tip

Posted on 9th August 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I know this space is mostly devoted to SAT tips designed to help students improve their scores on the SAT writing and SAT critical reading sections, but one of my students shared a tip that he has been using on SAT math.

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For equation problems that he is working by plugging in the answer choices, he starts with choice C. Because the SAT answers are in numerical order, starting with C lets him quickly tell if he needs to move up or down from that point.

Either way, he knows that one of the two remaining answers is correct.


I don’t really know much about SAT math because I don’t tutor it at all, but I thought this SAT prep tip was quite clever and might help a few of you do better on SAT math.

What do you think? Would you use this strategy?

If you need help in preparing for the SAT math, feel free to give me a call at 813.787.8959 if you are in New Tampa or Wesley Chapel, and I will refer you to an outstanding SAT math tutor.

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Tampa English Tutor Says TGIS – Thank God It’s Summer

Posted on 13th June 2010 in Tampa Reading Tutor

A few of my students just finished taking their SATs and ACTs and I am glad to have a little break from private SAT tutoring.

My wife teaches at one of the middle schools in Wesley Chapel, FL, so I’m really happy that she’s finally off for the summer.
Today we hit some garage sales in the lovely Stagecoach subdivision.

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For me, garage sales are mostly about hunting for books.  I’ve collected so many books this year.  Maybe summer will finally give me the time to read a few. One of the books I hated in high school was The Great Gatsby. I re-read it tonight because I will be tutoring a student who needs help with it next week.

It will never be a favorite of mine, but it’s a much better book than I thought.

What’s on your summer reading list?

Eric Anderson is a private Tampa English Tutor serving students in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and Temple Terrace, Florida, as well as surrounding neighborhoods. Contact Eric at 813.787.8959.

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Wesley Chapel SAT Tutor Commonly Confused Words: Canvas and Canvass

Posted on 21st May 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I was working with one of my favorite tutorees yesterday. She is a tremendously gifted student.

At any rate, the lesson we were working on was about commonly confused words. We were using a book (Blanche Ellsworth’s English Simplified) that one of my writing teachers at Stetson used in her expository writing class.

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One of the questions concerned the difference between canvas and canvass. Although, I have never seen an SAT question on this difference, I think it’s still worth knowing.

  • Canvas is a type of cloth. The tent was made of canvas. The jeep had a canvas top.
  • To canvass is to visit an area to collect votes or measure support for a political candidate. The volunteers canvassed the neighborhood for State Senator Victor Crist.

If you would like to improve your writing or to prepare for the SAT or ACT this summer, contact Eric Anderson, Wesley Chapel, FL SAT Tutor at 813.787.8959 or at Tampa tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com.

New Tampa SAT Writing Tutor: Commonly Confused Words: Aggravate and Annoy

Posted on 17th May 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I was working with one of my SAT writing and reading students yesterday and we came across a practice SAT sentence correction question that required knowing the difference between to aggravate and to annoy.

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Back when I was at Stetson , I was blessed to have an English professor who explained the difference to me.

To aggravate is to make worse.
To annoy is to irritate.

Eating the spicy food aggravated my upset stomach.
Resuming training for the race so soon after I twisted my ankle aggravated the injury.

My boss is annoyed with me for being late this morning.
The chatter from the stands annoyed the Red Sox slugger.

If you are preparing for the SAT and would like some one-on-one help from a private SAT tutor, contact Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959. Eric tutors students in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Temple Terrace, and Carrollwood.

Tampa SAT Tutor’s Commonly Confused Words: Compliment and Complement

Posted on 12th May 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

Sometimes compliment/complement shows up in the error ID questions on the SAT, so knowing the difference can help you score better on the SAT.

The difference isn’t difficult.

A compliment is an expression of encouragement or praise.

For example:

She paid a compliment to the chef.
She complimented him on his excellent taste in diamonds.

Something that is free is complimentary.

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I love going to the new Dickey’s Barbecue in New Tampa because the soft serve ice cream is complimentary.

Complement with an E applies to things that go together.

The wine you have chosen really complements the entree.

Hope that helps. If you are preparing for the SAT or ACT this summer and would like help, call New Tampa and Wesley Chapel, FL English Tutor Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959.