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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
Tips for Teens: Writing Your First Novel
As a young writer, you might be wondering what it’s like to write a novel. What goes into the process? How in the world do authors get started, especially when you look at writers like Stephen King, who has written several novels of over 1,000 pages? Keep reading to learn how to break down the process and make it much more manageable: Start with Brainstorming Start small - as small as a single word or sentence. It might seem silly, but it can help you stay focused before your imagination sta
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
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
5 Best Creative Writing Schools for Aspiring Authors
If you are interested in pursuing a career in writing, there are a number of excellent colleges and universities across the country that offer exceptional programs for logophiles. These creative writing schools understand the skills and knowledge necessary to be noticed in the writing profession and are committed to preparing students for success. Depending on what type of writing you're interested in - fiction, journalistic, academic, etc. -  choosing the ideal school for you may take some rese

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