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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
5 Books to Help You With TOEFL Preparation
Gearing up to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)? Here, online tutor Marcus S. rounds up the top books to help with your TOEFL preparation...   If you are studying for the TOEFL, it probably means you are moving to another country to attend a university or start a new career. With all of the other paperwork and planning you have to deal with, passing the TOEFL can feel like an impossible task. But with a professional tutor and the best study guides available,
8 Characteristics of Successful Language Learners | Language Tips
What do the most successful language learners have in common? Find out eight common traits in this post from Spanish tutor Jason N...   When you first start learning a new language, it might seem frustrating. There are tons of new vocabulary words and new grammar rules to learn, and listening to native speakers may make your head spin. But don't give up! You successfully learned one language well so far (or you wouldnÂ’t be understanding this post!), so you can clearly learn ano
Writing Strategies: How Can a Writing Tutor Help My Child?
If your child is struggling with writing or reading, you may be wondering if hiring a tutor will help. Here, St. Paul, MN teacher Marilyn G. shares what to expect from a tutor, and how you can continue helping your child along the way...   I have been tutoring students periodically throughout my career. I started as an academic tutor for high school home-bound students in a local school district. Since then I have worked with students from kindergarten through adult who have wante
5 Writing Styles to Hook Your Reader
Successful writers know that a well-constructed story will grab the reader's attention from the very beginning. A strong beginning will hook readers and entice them to keep reading. There are a variety of writing styles that can be used to create an effective hook, and understanding which one of these writing styles best matches your unique voice is an important part of developing your craft. Some of our favorite ways to begin a story include: Asking a question:  The first line of the iconic c

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