English Tutoring in Odessa, FL

Posted on 8th December 2010 in Tampa Writing Tutor

Today I visited a new English tutoring client in Odessa, Florida.

Perhaps because of the cold weather, I selected Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” as today’s short story.

I thought the story might appeal to this student because he has a sense of adventure.

With his younger brother, I read “Casey at the Bat,” one of my favorite baseball poems.


This photo is the work of Professor Kevin Dooley and is licensed under Creative Commons.

I would like to find some good short stories about baseball for the student. Does anyone have any suggestions? He is a strong reader at the seventh or eighth grade level.

Eric Anderson is an English and history tutor who works with students in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Temple Terrace, Carrollwood, and Odessa, FL.

Tampa EnglishTutoring student gets teaching certificate

Posted on 18th November 2010 in English Tutor Success Stories

One of the great joys of this tutoring is seeing students reach goals.

One of my students set a goal to get her Florida teaching certificate and become a high school language arts teacher.


(Proof that some people are better at body art than punctuation.)

She is on her way toward achieving that goal.

Tonight I helped her create a professional looking resume and cover letter. OK, my wife did most of the work. I did some revisions and the Frau formatted the resume so that it shines.

I wish my student the very best of luck in finding a permanent teaching position.

Eric Anderson is a freelance writer and English and history tutor. He especially enjoys helping students prepare for the SAT & ACT and giving students college admission essay help . Eric tutors students in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Odessa, and the surrounding communities. Reach him at 813.787.8959 or at eanderson @ tampa bay dot rr dot com.

Open Letter to My Fellow Curmudgeons

Posted on 25th October 2010 in Essay Writing & Help

To those curmudgeons who believe that the youth of today are shallow slackers, I say not so fast old timer.

Things are much better than you think, even though I doubt those kids will stop riding their bikes over that section of grass near your driveway.

Although I mostly tutor reading, writing, and the reading and English portions of the SAT and ACT, I occasionally get asked by nervous parents to review the personal statements and college admission essays of tutoring clients.

If you don’t have a college-age kid, you might not know, but it’s time for seniors to be submitting their college applications.

I’ve been helping a few students contemplate how one of their meaningful experiences can be transformed into a “concise narrative” for the University of Florida and aiding others in grasping how they exemplify the virtues enshrined in FSU’s three-part motto.

My fellow curmudgeons, there is reason for hope for the generation coming of age right now.

I have done my share of worrying about the world they are going into, but reading a few of their college application essays has made me optimistic about their chances of being successful.Open Apple iPad with earphones

One of my students has been part of ground-breaking research in the heath sciences. Another overcame a fear of speaking by becoming president of the speech and debate team. A third lost a relative to cancer and became a leading money-raiser for Relay for Life.

Let not your hearts be troubled.

If your student needs a little college application essay help or just a second pair of eyes to look over a college application essay, call Eric at 813.787.8959.

Tampa ACT Tutoring

Posted on 12th October 2010 in Tampa ACT Preparation

I like tutoring ACT English and ACT Reading.

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(Picture of Easton Press books by N. Liwosz and Licensed Under Creative Commons Attribution Only.)

Students who are good in science should consider taking the ACT because it has a science section. Check out my post on SAT versus ACT if you are trying to decide which test to take.

I’ve been working with one student to improve his ACT scores since this summer and he is making good progress.

He likes the test because he says the vocabulary is not as difficult as the SAT and because there is not a guessing penalty on the ACT.

If you are taking the ACT and need some help with the English or reading sections, please give me a call at 813.787.8959.

I tutor students in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Odessa, Temple Terrace, and the surrounding areas. Reach me at Tampa Tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com.

College Application Essay Help

Posted on 1st October 2010 in Tampa English Tutor

When it comes time for students who I have been tutoring to apply to colleges, my phones starts to ring. I’m not surprised that students who I have tutored in SAT English and essay writing call me for college application essay help.

I enjoy reading the rough drafts of college essays because they highlight the accomplishments of some gifted people.


(Yikes! I almost forgot to give credit to Dan Brady for this photo . Licensed under CC Attribution Only. See more imagesĀ  in Dan’s Flickr photostream. )

Eric is an English and history tutor based in Wesley Chapel, Florida. He tutors students in history, English, and American Government. If your son or daughter needs college essay writing help or a quick review of a draft, contact Eric at 813.787.8959 or by e-mail at Tampa tutor at Tampa bay dot r r dot com.