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Thinking About Cramming for a Test? You Might Want to Read This

Thinking About Cramming for a Test? You Might Want to Read This

We've all felt that familiar time crunch when you have a big test coming up. But does cramming for a test the night before actually work? Read on as tutor Danh L. explains why you might want to plan ahead next time...   I expect my students to do about 30-60 minutes of homework DAILY. That's 3.5 to 7 hours of work a week. From my exchanges with other tutors, even ones charging up to $500/hour, this estimate is around what they expect, too. But what should you do if you miss a … Read More

Thinking About Cramming for a Test? You Might Want to Read This
We've all felt that familiar time crunch when you have a big test coming up. But does cramming for a test the night before actually work? Read on as tutor Danh L. explains why you might want to plan ahead next time...   I expect my students to do about 30-60 minutes of homework DAILY. That's 3.5 to 7 hours of work a week. From my exchanges with other tutors, even ones charging up to $500/hour, this estimate is around what they expect, too. But what should you do if you miss a
Writing Tips for Kids: How to Write an Amazing Ending
A good story needs to be strong from the first line through the final page. It's all too easy to start strong with a great hook and an interesting set of characters, but then lose momentum along the way and stop short at the end. This can be tough for budding wordsmiths of all ages - so how can you encourage your kids and help them understand the writing techniques involved? Here are some tips for parents and private writing tutors alike... Read and discuss great literature As a parent
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Are you stressing about the SATs? Although your score on this test is important, remember that a less-than-perfect score is not the end of the world. Plus, there are many resources available to help prepare you to do your very best. Study these SAT tips from the Princeton Review, a leader in the test-prep field, to better understand how knowing the SAT format can help improve your score... Know the order of difficulty. SAT questions can be divided into three levels of difficulty: easy, me
5 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction
Imagine transporting yourself into another time -- pretty cool right? This is exactly what readers get to do with the historical fiction genre. If you're interested in trying your hand at writing historical fiction, here are some tips for creating that immersive experience for your readers. 1. Define Your Time Period You may have an idea for the general era in which you want your story to take place, but that's not the same thing as a defined time period. For instance, the Middle Ages enco

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