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

Image created by K is for Kristina, a Sumo Wrestler from Canada. Image Licensed Under Creative Commons Attribution No Derivative Works 2.0. See more of Kristina’s photos on Flickr.

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.


comments: 0 » tags: , , , ,

Tampa FL SAT Writing Tutor’s Student Scores 130 Point Gain!

Posted on 29th May 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I’ve have decided to devote a section of my office bulletin board to notes that I receive from students. Okay, only the good ones .

I’ll have to clear some space because I just heard from one of my writing students about her SAT results.

tampa SAT tutoring blog girl on path image

This image was created by Nina, a photographer from Sydney, Australia. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic, Nina on Flickr.


When she and I started working together, she had a 490 on SAT writing. For several months, she has worked really hard on both writing and reading, but her payoff came on the SAT writing test!

She raised her SAT writing score to a 620!

If you are the parent of a sophomore who plans to take the SAT next year, why not use the summer to review for the SAT with a private tutor?

Eric Anderson, Tampa English Tutor, can help your son or daughter master the writing and reading sections. Her can also refer you to Tampa’s best SAT math tutor . Call Eric at 813.787.8959 or email him at tampatutor at tampa bay dot rr dot com.

comments: 0 » tags: , , , , ,

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.

This image licensed under creative commons and taken by PedroRibeiro Simões. See more of his photos on Flickr.

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.

Tutuoring Center Little Prayer image

Image created by Kate Mereand . Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution only. See more of Kate’s photos on Flickr.

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.

Lady in a hat image is by thanker212 and licensed under CC Atttribution No Derivs 2.0. See more of his photos in his Flickr photostream. You can also check out his Mutiny blog.

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.