Tampa SAT Tutor’s Pick for Finding Books on Your Summer Reading List: Paperback Swap

Posted on 28th June 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I am helping one IB student with her summer reading. Instead of trudging to the bookstore or library to get the books that we needed, I tried a website for trading paperbacks that’s at  http://www.paperbackswap.com.

Kristina's summer reading books image for Paperback Swap post

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As the name implies, you can list your books on the site and trade them with other users for free. When you list 10 books, you get two free credits. Books are generally one credit each, so I was able to get one of the two books that I needed  for free. (They didn’t have the other one, but I’m not complaining.)

The site is also great way to get rid of a lot of books that I no longer want. The site has a nifty system that lets you print out postage and labels for the books that other members want, so you can mail the books you’re trading to other members without making a trip to the post office.

I know that this post has very little to do with Tampa SAT tutoring, but I thought the resource might interest those who want to save a little money on summer reading books.

If you are looking for an affordable SAT or ACT tutor in Tampa, FL, call Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959.


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Tampa SAT Tutor Gets Good News: Student Hits 700 on Reading

Posted on 6th April 2010 in English Tutor Success Stories

One of my favorite Tampa SAT students has been working on improving her reading score. We had to do a little experimenting to find the methods which work the best for her for sentence completions and for long reading passages.

Student Scores 700 on reading SAT image
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Yesterday, we met and did a full SAT reading test for practice, and she rocked it!

I always feel happy when a student makes the kind of strides that she has. I left our SAT tutoring session feeling uplifted because I know that she is going to score higher on both reading and writing when she takes the SAT in May.

If you need help preparing for the math sections, I can refer you to an excellent New Tampa private SAT math tutor.

If you need help preparing for the reading and writing parts of the SAT for a May or June SAT test, contact Tampa SAT Tutor Eric Anderson at tampa tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com or by calling 813.787.8959.

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Tampa Reading Tutor Recommends Seedfolks for 7th or 8th grade readers

Posted on 12th February 2010 in Tampa Reading Tutor

A few months ago, I read a little of Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman with one of the middle school students I tutor. I enjoyed the excerpt, and I always wanted to finish the book. Yesterday, I finally did.

Seedfolks is the story of 13 inhabitants of an inner-city Cleveland neighborhood and how they are changed by their roles in transforming a rat-infested vacant lot into a lush community garden. Each character tells his or her own story.

This photo taken by Tony the Misfit and licensed under Creative Commons.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the overlapping stories. I especially enjoyed the “inside baseball” essay that closes the book and offers readers insight into the book’s origins and the connections between author and story.

If your child needs help improving his or her reading, call New Tampa Reading Tutor Eric Anderson. Eric tutors students in grades 6-12 in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Carrollwood, and Temple Terrace, Florida. Reach him at 813.787.8959 or at tampa tutor at tampabay dot rr dot com.

The Benefits of Reading Fiction

Posted on 4th January 2010 in Tampa English Tutor

Daphne Gray-Grant, the author of 8.5 Steps to Writing Faster, Better, tweeted about a recent article on the benefits of reading fiction from the New Scientist. The article describes experiments done at the University of Toronto that provide some evidence of increased empathy by fiction readers.

City Lights Bookstore front

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Makes sense. Identifying with a fictional character requires the ability to see the world from his or her point of view. I thought the design of the research was interesting.  So was the conclusion that empathy may also come from identifying with characters in movies and video games. I can’t see playing Grand Theft Auto helping a kid develop empathy, but it’s probably because I’m old.

Nevertheless, I’m glad to find evidence that reading fiction is good for you. (If you are looking for a good young adult novel to read with your 7th or 8th grader, try Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.)

Eric Anderson is a English Tutor in Tampa, Florida. Naturally, he thinks reading is good for you. If your son or daughter needs help with English, history, essay writing, English grammar, or reading, call Eric at 813.787.8959.

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Wesley Chapel English Tutor Summer Reading

Posted on 25th July 2009 in Tampa Reading Tutor

This summer didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. I thought I would be doing mostly history tutoring for a pair of IB students. It turned out that this summer’s hot item was SAT tutoring. I’ve had a pair of attentive students for most of the summer, but this week, I got a break. It seems like all of my students are on vacation and I have free day or two.

I decided to read a book. Crazy, I know.

Summer Reading image by Robert S Donavan on Flickr. Licensed under creative commons. One of the coolest photostreams ever!

It’s been a long time since I read anything purely because I wanted to. I did my thesis as an undergraduate on Charles Dickens and have always liked his writing. I decided to read David Copperfield. Not at one sitting, but a chapter a day.

One of the reasons I like Dickens is his diction. I always learn a few new words. He is a master storyteller and captures humanity with all of our tiny foibles and all of capacity for redemption.

Since the novels were originally serialized, they are constructed with chapter ending that are like season finales of CSI. At least I won’t have to wait until fall to find out what happens next.

Have you read anything good this summer?

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 7/25/2009 5:16 PM


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