College Admission Essay Writing Help

Posted on 18th November 2010 in Essay Writing & Help

I have been helping a lot of students write college admission essays over the last several weeks.

With state schools becoming increasingly competitive, any high school senior should do as much as he or she can to ensure a standout college application essay.

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Most people hate to write. Recently I helped the editor of a high school newspaper write her college application essays. Even though she was used to writing with a deadline, she had a severe case of writer’s block when it came to her own college admission essays.

The advice that I gave her was to resist the urge to revise as she wrote.

Making writing and revision separate steps (as much as possible), she was able to write several excellent drafts.

She also benefited from suggestions from an experienced writer of admission essays.

I have helped students write essays that were part of successful applications to University of Florida, Emory University, Florida State University honors program, and many other top schools.

If your son or daughter needs help writing a college admissions essay , please call the Tampa English Tutor at (813) 787 8959 or e-mail me at eanderson (at)

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.

New Tampa Tutor Offers Help for Struggling Students (And Their Parents)

Posted on 22nd December 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

Here are some thoughts about how to help your child succeed academically if he or she is struggling:

  • Make time for a parent teacher conference: Many times, your child’s teacher will be able to guide you in understanding why your child is struggling.
  • Talk with your child about possible solutions: What does your child say about why he or she isn’t doing well? Ask open ended questions and let your student be part of developing the action plan.

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  • Put tutoring in the proper perspective: Some students are reluctant to get tutoring because they think that getting a tutor is an admission of failure. I like to ask students if they think top athletes have coaches to help them reach peak performance and then ask if they think any less of these athletes for doing everything possible to succeed. Sometimes asking these questions can help a student see tutoring as part of a program for academic success.

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  • Set measurable benchmarks for the tutoring program. If I am tutoring SAT, I ask students to take a diagnostic SAT and provide scores before we start tutoring. By having a baseline, we can set a realistic goal for improvement and develop a tutoring program designed to produce that level of performance. Some parents hire me to bring their child’s grade back up to an A or a B. Whatever benchmark you set, spell it out in the beginning with your child and the tutor you hire.
  • Monitor progress toward the tutoring program’s goals: Most schools have online access to student performance. Although these systems are not always an accurate reflection of performance because teachers vary in how quickly the enter grades into the system, you should still be monitoring performance to see if tutoring is improving your child’s performance.


If you child needs help in English, Language Arts, reading or writing, contact Tampa English and history Tutor Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959. Eric tutors students in grades 6-12 and adults in Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, New Tampa, and the surrounding area.

4 Tips to Help Your Child Study Better from Tampa Private English Tutor

Posted on 3rd November 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

If your child is struggling at school, you can help him or her develop more effective study habits using these simple tips:

Tip #1:  Create an effective study environment – A study space should be free of distractions.  Ensuring that the television is off is extremely important, as is making sure that your child isn’t checking email or text messages constantly.  Set up a study area away from the Internet and cell phones.  Set up an uncluttered workspace with a comfortable desk and chair and with adequate light.

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Tip #2:  Make a study schedule – Helping a younger student create a study schedule can be a tremendous help. Some middle school and high school students are hard-core procrastinators with the ability to underestimate time required for any project.  Sitting down with your son or daughter once a week and helping him or her make a plan for the week fosters the kind of discipline that leads good academic performance.  Try to set aside a regular time each week for making the weekly study plan.

Tip #3:  Hold your child accountable – The plan means nothing if you don’t hold your child accountable for performing the tasks that make it up. Creating a checklist and ticking off items as they’re finished can be a great way to make certain each task gets done. Use the online system provided by schools to track your child’s progress and reinforce the connection between good study practices and good grades.

Tip #4:  Provide homework help – Many middle and high school students need extra help from parents.  Because my step-daughter is an advanced math student, she is taking courses that neither my wife nor I ever took. When she had trouble in pre-calculus, we hired an excellent New Tampa Calculus tutor and quickly got her back on track.

If your child is having difficulty in a subject that isn’t your strong suit, you may wish to hire a professional tutor. In many cases, however, you can help your child review and master the material.

Being proactive and determining what your son’s or daughter’s class is going to study next and pre-viewing the material is another way to help your child become more effective at studying.

If your son or daughter would benefit from some one-on-one help, contact Tampa English and history tutor Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 11/3/2009 3:50 PM


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Tampa English Tutor Offers Online Help for Written Assignments

Posted on 26th February 2008 in Tampa English Tutor

It isn’t always practical to meet with a Language Arts tutor to get help on English homework. Believe me, the Tampa English tutor knows how hard it is to find an hour or two after a full day of work.

Fortunately, that does not mean that you have to do without help on your written work for language arts or other classes. Many of my clients submit drafts of papers, essays, or other short writing assignments for suggestions and constructive feedback via e-mail.

For any kind of written school assignment, having a second pair of eyes look over your work is very helpful. Even professional writers use editors and proofreaders before their work ever goes to the printer.

Particularly for students who have writer’s block or find writing difficult, a little direction from an experienced writer can make an English or Language Arts assignment much easier. That’s just the sort of thing that the Tampa English Tutor can help with.

As a special incentive to get students and parents to try our services at I-tutor-English, I am offering fifteen free minutes of tutoring help to anyone who emails or calls the Tampa English Tutoring hotline at 813.991.0160 during the month of April.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 2/26/2008 4:19 AM


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