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Telling Your Story: Why Your Personal Narrative Matters

Telling Your Story: Why Your Personal Narrative Matters

Although schools may be veering away from it, learning how to write a personal narrative essay can take you far in life. Learn more in this guest post by Chicago, IL tutor Samantha S...   Students, perhaps you have noticed the recent Common Core State Standard trend to veer away from such writing prompts as “What Did You Do On Summer Vacation?” Though nationwide curriculum currently mandates that best-practice instruction focuses on nonfiction, non-narrative writing, here’s why yo … Read More

Telling Your Story: Why Your Personal Narrative Matters
Although schools may be veering away from it, learning how to write a personal narrative essay can take you far in life. Learn more in this guest post by Chicago, IL tutor Samantha S...   Students, perhaps you have noticed the recent Common Core State Standard trend to veer away from such writing prompts as “What Did You Do On Summer Vacation?” Though nationwide curriculum currently mandates that best-practice instruction focuses on nonfiction, non-narrative writing, here’s why yo
10 Fascinating Idioms in Different Languages
  Surely you've heard at least one of these English idioms: It's raining cats and dogs Don't cry over spilt milk It cost me an arm and a leg By definition, idioms are phrases with culturally-understood meanings that aren't meant to be taken literally. They're basically fun and interesting ways of expressing your thoughts. Below are 10 fascinating idioms derived from cultures across the globe. Check them out: Polish Idiom: Nie mój cyrk, nie moje ma?py. T
The Best Writing Advice You’ll Ever Get | 5 Truths to Know
Faced with a writing prompt - and an empty page? Take a deep breath. Writing is easy as long as you approach it the right way. Here, Tucson tutor Blake C. shares the best writing advice to keep in mind...    Many students simply dread writing assignments. When faced with the task of writing, some of us tend to get tongue-tied on the page. Thankfully, there are some simple truths to writing that can help you get your words out. 1. First of all, writing is not so very different f
7 Ways to Stay Focused in a World of Distractions
If you feel easily distracted in your daily life, you're not alone! But as a writer or artist, this can be particularly detrimental to your craft. Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Keith F. shares some of his suggestions for how to stay focused...   In our modern culture, we watch television and use the internet several hours a day. We are experiencing 'passive stimulation.' Screens with light and color keep our attention, resulting in a form of light hypnosis, with the images constantl
7 Simple Rules for Remembering Spelling
Never be stumped again! Here, New York tutor Lauren P. shares some tips to remember tricky rules and get the spelling help you need...   To preface, not every word follows a strict spelling rule. There are always exceptions and irregular forms. Therefore, keep this in mind before memorizing any of the following rules. 1) Use funny memory tools for complicated spellings There are many creative ways to remember irregular words with double letters or an assortment of vowels. The we

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