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The Benefits of Reading Aloud With Your Child (and How to Get the Most Out of It)

The Benefits of Reading Aloud With Your Child (and How to Get the Most Out of It)

How important is reading aloud to children? Here, Chicago tutor Galen B. reviews the benefits and some helpful tips...  Whether your child is not yet talking or is working on chapter books, reading aloud with her is a valuable exercise. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building knowledge and eventual success.”1 It introduces vocabulary and word-sound association, which builds the foundation for literacy. It … Read More

The Benefits of Reading Aloud With Your Child (and How to Get the Most Out of It)
How important is reading aloud to children? Here, Chicago tutor Galen B. reviews the benefits and some helpful tips...  Whether your child is not yet talking or is working on chapter books, reading aloud with her is a valuable exercise. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building knowledge and eventual success.”1 It introduces vocabulary and word-sound association, which builds the foundation for literacy. It
My Juilliard Entrance Essay | Sample Essay and Tips
Writing your college admissions essay can feel intimidating. How do you relay your life story and impress the admissions board in so few words? Check out the sample essay excerpts below, written by New York teacher Jasmine B., and her tips for writing your own winning essay: Writing a college entrance essay? Here are a few helpful hints, along with examples from my very own entrance essay for The Juilliard School. I applied for, and am currently a part of, the Drama Division. LET THEM
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
9 Proven Language-Learning Tips Just for Summer
We get it -- summertime often means vacations where you'll be out of your regular routine, and maybe even taking a break from your classes or lessons. Here, Spanish tutor Joan B. offers some tips for avoiding the dreaded learning loss, while still enjoying your summer...   Practice makes perfect, and language skills are no exception. And while we don't recommend taking time off from learning, we understand the summertime mindset. If you must take a break, you can avoid major le
Test Taking Strategies: Your Guide to a Stress-Free Finals Week
Many students feel stressed and overwhelmed at the end of each term when finals week is upon us. As with many things in life, your attitude will directly affect your ability to succeed in school. If you start to feel stressed with final exams looming, keep these test taking strategies in mind to keep calm, get confident, and make the grades you want. Test Preparation The best way to prepare for final exams is to keep up with your classes all term. This means taking good notes in class, pay

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