Wesley Chapel Language Arts Tutor’s Commonly Confused Words: Continual and Continuous

Posted on 9th June 2010 in Tampa Language Arts tutors

I haven’t ever seen a question on the SAT Error ID section that tests the difference between continual and continuous, but it’s good to know.

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  • Continual means occurring from time to time or intermittently.

While we shared an office, I grew weary of her continual comments about my poor eating habits.
The British Petroleum workers attempting to repair the broken oil pipe have faced continual setbacks.

  • Continuous means over a stretch of time without ceasing.

After 45 minutes of continuous exercise, the fat man collapsed.
The oil has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico continuously for 51 days.

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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.

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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.

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Wesley Chapel, FL Language Arts Tutor’s Tips for Writing a Good Book Report

Posted on 12th January 2010 in Tampa Language Arts tutors

Although I love to read, I have never liked writing book reports. If you’ve been assigned one, try these tips for writing a good book report.

Tip #1:  Read the book.  Don’t try to fudge by reading only the book jacket and summary on the web.  If your assigned book is dull, read it out loud, or have your parent read parts of it to you.  Start on the assignment early so that you have plenty of time to finish the book and write, revise, and proofread your book report.

Tip #2:  List the characters.  Write down your impressions of them.  Be sure to pay attention to the point of view of the story. Is the story narrated from the point of view of one of the characters? Is it told by an all-knowing narrator?

Tip #3:  Set the scene.  As the author describes the places where the story is set, make notes and think about why the author chooses certain settings.

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Tip #4:  Summarize each chapter as you read. Keep track of the key events of each chapter. Keep it short.

Tip #5: Review the format for the book report supplied by your teacher. Make certain that your report is written in the correct format. Plan your work so that you can show your teacher a rough draft before the book report is due and get some advice on ways to improve your report.

Tip #6:  Put it all together.  Once you have your notes completed, you are ready to write the book report.  Book report formats vary, but many include a summary, the main characters, the setting and an evaluation of the book.

Eric Anderson is a freelance web copywriter. He lives in Wesley Chapel, FL and tutors students in grades 6-12 and adults in English, Language Arts, essay writing, grammar, and SAT reading comprehension and SAT writing. To reach Eric, call 813.787.8959 or email him at tampatutor at tampabay dot r r dot com.