Tampa English Tutor Reaches Landmark

Posted on 7th May 2010 in Tampa English Tutor

This post has nothing to do with tutoring. One of the great things about working as a freelance web writer and private tutor is that I set my hours. When an opportunity arises, I can usually alter my work schedule.

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I was lucky enough to have the chance to go up North to see my niece and nephew and my brother and sister-in-law in Illinois this past weekend. Other than the cello concert by my niece, the highlight for me was returning to one of my favorite restaurants, the Landmark Cafe, in Galesburg. If you pass by the bustling metro that is Galesburg, be sure to stop on Seminary Street and visit the Landmark.

Everyone should have a bowl of Landmark’s spinach bisque and  some peasant bread before leaving the planet. I have a dessert crepe too, but I’m crazy like that.

If you’re summer plan is to hunker down and study for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT, I feel sorry for you. Better still, I may be able to help you. Call Eric Anderson, the Tampa English Tutor, at 813.787.8959 or e-mail him at Tampa tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com.

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Tampa ACT Tutor Gets Good News

Posted on 23rd November 2009 in Tampa ACT Preparation, Tampa SAT Preparation

Today, I needed some good news. One of my favorite test prep students managed to raise his ACT English score by five points. An excellent student, he was  attempting to earn admission to an honors program at a state university.  The better ACT score should seal the deal.

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I am very proud of him and the elite ACT score that he achieved.

If your son or daughter is a junior or senior in high school and needs help improving an ACT English score, contact Tampa ACT Tutor Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959. I’ll be glad to help you create an individualized plan of study for the ACT.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 11/23/2009 8:47 PM

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Tampa IB History Tutoring Success Story

Posted on 19th July 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

I recently spoke to the parents of one of my Tampa, FL history IB tutoring students.

I started tutoring her late in the last school year because she was struggling in the ancient history class that all freshmen in the IB program take at King High School.

For some students, the level of reading required to master the textbook for the course is a challenge.

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At any rate, I heard this week that she did very well in the course. I’m pleased and very proud of her. She is one of the hardest working and most dedicated students that I have ever tutored.

Her results are a reflection of the daily work that she did.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 7/19/2009 9:05 AM



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Tampa Private Tutor Celebrates Student Success

Posted on 1st June 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

As a Tampa tutor, I suppose the milestones in my business are not always measured by billable hours or other metrics. This year two of my students graduated. A student whom I worked with when she was just getting underway at Hillsborough Community College finally walked this spring. As someone assigned to help her get over the hurdle in English I and English II, I am very proud of her. She stuck it out and earned her AA.

It seems like yesterday that we were working together to improve her essays and writing.

Life goes so fast.

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My first private tutoring client hired me when I answered an advertisement that my wife saw at USF for an American Government tutor. That was four years ago. I met a student who was having difficulty passing AG at King High School. Bright and easily capable of the work, she mastered the material quickly once we started working together.

This week she graduated and will be doing great things at FSU.

Those are the milestones that make me proudest of my work as a Tampa tutor.  I am thankful to have had the chance to help both of them. If your son or daughter needs extra help this summer, I have two new openings for tutoring.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 6/1/2009 10:33 PM

Tampa IB History Tutoring Success Story

Posted on 30th April 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

One of my students made a dramatic improvement in her freshman IB history class! Her mom found me on the Internet and I worked with her over Spring Break.

Yeah, I know.

I felt for her. It takes some dedication to spend an hour a day reading about the Romans and the High Middle Ages when the rest of the world is tanning poolside and catching up on Facebook.

Anyway, she gradually has improved her grade to a solid B. It was very gratifying to hear her say that “It feels good to be a chapter ahead in history.” From performing somewhat erratically on tests, she has become a consistent high B performer and has a shot at an A in the class!

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One of may mantras is to get ahead and stay ahead. The IB program is tough for entering freshman because the history textbook is above the ninth grade level. It takes reading it with dictionary.com open for some students to decode the material.

And decoding is only the first step toward understanding and internalizing the material….

Because history is the course that requires the most reading in the freshman IB line up, it is one many students find hard. However, making the effort to get ahead and put yourself in a position to hear the lecture with a good basic grasp of the material makes getting a good grade a world easier.

It also takes the pressure off. I’m overjoyed that IB history tutoring in Tampa has worked so well for this student!

If your student is not doing well in IB history or regular American, European, or World History, please give me a call at 813.787.8959. I’d love to be sharing a student success story about your son or daughter in this space.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 4/30/2009 12:14 AM

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