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Literature Study Guides: Supplements NOT Substitutes!

Literature Study Guides: Supplements NOT Substitutes!

Think you can skip the book and go straight to the literature study guides or CliffsNotes? Not so fast! Check out tutor Matthew H.'s advice here...   Many high school and college students will use some form of literature study guides during their schooling. These can be really useful tools when implemented appropriately. Unfortunately, too many people view them as a way to avoid doing the assignment rather than as a way to understand the material better. First of all, let’s dis … Read More

Literature Study Guides: Supplements NOT Substitutes!
Think you can skip the book and go straight to the literature study guides or CliffsNotes? Not so fast! Check out tutor Matthew H.'s advice here...   Many high school and college students will use some form of literature study guides during their schooling. These can be really useful tools when implemented appropriately. Unfortunately, too many people view them as a way to avoid doing the assignment rather than as a way to understand the material better. First of all, let’s dis
Learning By Listening: Ways to Study As an Auditory Learner
Do you learn best by listening? Find out about the most effective study strategies for auditory learners in this article by San Diego tutor Natalie S... People generally learn new concepts in a few different ways. Some people are tactile learners; they use a hands-on approach to grasp and understand new material. Others are visual learners; they have to see a concept in order to comprehend it. Lastly, there are auditory learners. The most effective way for auditory learners to understand a ne
The 4 Most Common Admissions Essay Topics (and How to Approach Them)
Are you getting your college applications ready? In most cases, you'll need a copy of your transcript, letters of recommendation, and the often-dreaded admissions essay. To make the process a little easier, read on as Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some of the most common admissions essay topics you might run into...   College admissions essays act as the human element in the otherwise statistic-driven admissions process. Where test scores and GPAs could easily be evaluate
5 Tips for Acing Your Composition Writing Class
Falling behind in your freshman composition writing class? There's still time to get caught up. Keep reading for helpful tips from Machias, ME tutor and English teacher Matt M...   I have taught English composition and literature for over a decade at the college level. During that time, I’ve taught at six different universities, four domestic and two abroad. Hundreds of students have passed through my English classrooms. While nothing can ensure an A, there are many easy things st
How to Become a Writer: 10 Tips to Encourage Your Child
Many children who love to read and write are often curious about how to become a writer. What are the steps involved? What are the best ways to improve your writing? Where can you find writing inspiration? How do you know which genres are best for you? Who can you turn to for writing support? Although there isn't one direct path to becoming a writer, certain tips can be incredibly helpful for children. If your child is curious about how to become a writer, there are some simple things you can d

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