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Looking for Free Language Lessons? 3 Reasons to Try TakeLessons Live

Looking for Free Language Lessons? 3 Reasons to Try TakeLessons Live

There are many places to find free language lessons on the internet, from YouTube videos to apps like Duolingo, but they're not all the best way to learn a foreign language. In fact, some of these free apps and sites can hinder your progress in conversational skills and proper pronunciation. Without face-to-face interaction with other speakers of your target language, and a knowledgeable teacher to guide you, the road to fluency will be a lot longer. Wondering if there are any free resou … Read More

Looking for Free Language Lessons? 3 Reasons to Try TakeLessons Live
There are many places to find free language lessons on the internet, from YouTube videos to apps like Duolingo, but they're not all the best way to learn a foreign language. In fact, some of these free apps and sites can hinder your progress in conversational skills and proper pronunciation. Without face-to-face interaction with other speakers of your target language, and a knowledgeable teacher to guide you, the road to fluency will be a lot longer. Wondering if there are any free resou
Expert Advice: Make the Most of ACT Practice Tests & Improve Your Score
Prepping for the upcoming ACT? Check out these tips from tutor Danh L. to calm your fears and take the test with confidence!    The April ACT is imminent.  Many students worry increasingly around this time as perhaps they feel they haven't studied as diligently as they could have. Don't fret, though!  With less than three weeks left until the test, progress can still be made if you're willing to follow the steps outlined below and dedicate at least 45 minutes a day to studying (1-2
How to Avoid (and Check for) Plagiarism
With so many resources available today, the temptation to plagiarize can be strong for students. So how can you check your work to make sure you're not walking the line? Here are some tips from Fallbrook, CA tutor Sarah B.:   Copying and using the writing of others as one’s own – called plagiarism – used to be difficult, before modern computers. Today, digital text makes it easy. Copy and paste. Bingo. Perfect writing. Why not plagiarize instead of crafting original prose? Beca
4 Creative Writing Exercises to Improve Your Prose
Staring down a blank page? Getting your creativity flowing is often the most difficult part of the entire writing process. It can be so daunting for some would-be writers that they give up entirely! So what can you do to avoid that spiral of creative mishaps? Try out one of the following tried-and-true creative writing exercises - you might be surprised how much they can help! Use a Writing Prompt Many times, the problem for writers is thinking up a topic to focus on. You may know what type
5 Myths and Realities for Writing Fiction
Writing fiction comes with a number of myths that keep many people from giving it a serious try. Don't them get you down! Here are a few things that you might hear about the industry as you're learning how to write fiction--and the reality behind them. 1. You Have to Be a Big Name to Write Many aspiring writers are told that unless you're Stephen King or you're famous for something else, there's no point in trying to get your work noticed. But the truth is, many publishers actively look for

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