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.


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Tampa English Tutor Says TGIS – Thank God It’s Summer

Posted on 13th June 2010 in Tampa Reading Tutor

A few of my students just finished taking their SATs and ACTs and I am glad to have a little break from private SAT tutoring.

My wife teaches at one of the middle schools in Wesley Chapel, FL, so I’m really happy that she’s finally off for the summer.
Today we hit some garage sales in the lovely Stagecoach subdivision.

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For me, garage sales are mostly about hunting for books.  I’ve collected so many books this year.  Maybe summer will finally give me the time to read a few. One of the books I hated in high school was The Great Gatsby. I re-read it tonight because I will be tutoring a student who needs help with it next week.

It will never be a favorite of mine, but it’s a much better book than I thought.

What’s on your summer reading list?

Eric Anderson is a private Tampa English Tutor serving students in New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and Temple Terrace, Florida, as well as surrounding neighborhoods. Contact 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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Summer Writing Practice for the Reluctant Writer

Posted on 7th July 2009 in Tampa Writing Tutor

Few people really enjoy writing. Even though I really like to write, I have some days when it’s hard to muster the will to write.

One of the people I am tutoring this summer is a middle school student who hates writing. He thinks clearly and expresses himself well when he speaks, but he does not see the value in learning to write well.

Tutoring him this summer has reminded me that reluctant writers are often reluctant because the exercises in a workbook don’t have great meaning to them.

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Finding a way to connect the exercises to something that the reluctant writer feels is exciting makes writing seem much more fun. We all write more naturally and easily about things that we care about.

This week, we spent our time working on writing a process. The workbook exercise did not hold much interest for the student until we started to write a process of our own. I asked him a series of open ended questions and had him tell me about things that he enjoyed doing. He enjoys sports, especially golf and bowling.

We settled on writing about a golf swing. As someone who plays the game, he felt comfortable writing about the steps involved in making a good tee shoot.

If you are the parent of a student who is a reluctant writer, you might consider working with him or her to relate writing assignments to things that he or she is interested in.
Nearly everyone can write better and enjoy it more when writing about a subject that holds strong interest. If you would like to work with a private writing tutor in Tampa, FL to help your son or daughter improve writing, call Eric at 813.787.8959.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 7/7/2009 12:15 PM

Summer SAT and PSAT Prep Tip from Tampa English Tutor

Posted on 3rd June 2009 in Tampa PSAT Tutoring, Tampa SAT Preparation

Even if taking the PSAT or SAT isn’t immediately on the horizon for your child, you can help him or her take a small step to prepare for these tests this summer. The creators of the SAT have a free program to e-mail one SAT question per day to students who sign up.

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Once students answer, they can review the correct answer to the practice SAT question with an explanation. These daily SAT practice questions are a great way to do a little SAT prep over the summer.

Sign up at: http://apps.collegeboard.com/qotd/question.do.

Tip courtesy of Tampa English Tutor Eric Anderson. Eric tutors writing, grammar, and SAT for students in New Tampa. Reach him at 813.787.8959.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 6/3/2009 8:09 AM