New Tampa SAT Student Rocks 100 Point Gain on Writing Section

Posted on 27th April 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I have been working with a New Tampa SAT student to help her improve her performance on the writing section. We just did a test to benchmark our progress against the writing scores on the test that she took at our first session.


She improved her SAT writing score 100 points!

Working one-on-one with me, she learned how to recognize the errors that are frequently tested in the improving sentences and recognizing sentence errors sections.

We have a long time to go before she takes the SAT in October, but I feel great about her chances to dramatically improve her SAT writing score.

If your son or daughter plans to take the SAT in October and would like help in designing a study program, call New Tampa SAT Tutor Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959 or email him at Tampa tutor at Tampa bay dot rr dot com. Eric tutors the reading and writing portions of the SAT.

comments: 0 » tags: , , , , ,

Tampa Writing Tutor Gets Good News: Student Scores A on Research Paper

Posted on 7th April 2010 in English Tutor Success Stories

One of the students who came to me a few weeks ago for help with APA style for a research paper received exciting news today.

He and I had spent some time reviewing the teacher’s AP style handout and the latest edition of the APA Style Manual to make sure that he understood how to format the paper.

He called to tell me that he had received one of the best grades in his class.

This image is the work of gfpeck. It is licensed under Creative Commons. See more of GF Peck’s pictures on Flickr.

If you are a high school or college student who wants to learn how to write faster and better, call Tampa writing tutor Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959.

comments: 0 » tags: , ,

Tutoring writing for one of my favorite students in New Tampa’s Cory Lakes

Posted on 17th March 2010 in Tampa Writing Tutor

I feel blessed that I have work to do every day. I get to meet some exceptional students and families as a private English tutor in New Tampa. Today, I tutored an ambitious college student from HCC Dale Mabry, a USF student, and one of my favorite third graders.

She and I spent some time reading a book that she was really excited about called The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John. I love to read with a young reader who likes to learn new words.

What are they reading Tampa English tutor blog image

This image the work of Tommy Wong in Hong Kong. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Only. See more of Tommy’s pics on Flickr

We did a little writing and a little work on a project that she has for school.

If you have a student in New Tampa who needs writing or reading help, call Eric Anderson, Tampa English Tutor. Eric lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida, and tutors students from 3rd grade to adult. Contact Eric at 813.787.8959.

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.

Photo of Roosevelt Island and Manhattan / CC BY 2.0


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.

The Whole Truth: Writing Advice for Students from Writing Coach Roy Sorrels

Posted on 8th January 2010 in Tampa English Tutor

One of the e-newsletters that I read comes from writing coach Roy Sorrels. This week his newsletter had some great advice. He has been kind enough to let me share his article here:

The Whole Truth

***The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but….” If you’ve ever testified in a courtroom you’ve spoken those words, a solemn promise to tell the truth.

The problem with much of what we write is that we do indeed tell the truth, but often we don’t tell the whole truth.

Here’s what I mean: When I was teaching one of my face-to-face memoir classes, an elderly woman wrote about her wedding day. She wrote about how happy she was, how much in love she was, what a fine fellow her new husband (who was still her husband after almost 50 years) was.

And it was all, I believed, the truth.

But I suspected that it wasn’t the whole story. And I told her (gently) that I thought the whole story, the “whole truth,” would make a much more compelling piece of memoir.

The next week she brought the piece back, revised. Now it included the fact that the wedding was in the middle of the Great Depression. She was out of work, her new husband was out of work. She had holes in her shoes. Her wedding dress was borrowed and a color she hated. She’d eaten the last frankfurter in the fridge for breakfast. And she was pregnant. Yes, she loved her new husband, but she was also angry at him for his part in getting her into this pickle. And, of course, she was angry at herself. She even admitted being angry at God. / CC BY-ND 2.0
This photo created by Andrew Stawarz.

Usually, we tend to write the truth in draft #1. Then, if we’re determined to make what we’re writing as good as it can possibly be, we start as we revise trying to tell the whole truth. And, as we do, our writing becomes more interesting, more compelling, more dramatic, and often funnier.

*** Working with people who are writing about their own lives is, for me, one of the most interesting and rewarding parts of being a writing coach.

They are often in a process of self-discovery that can be very valuable for them. And they are often creating a gift for their children and grand children that, in my opinion, is the most important gift they can give.

If you are interested in learning more about Roy or any of his online writing workshops, visit him at