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10 Crazy Writing Ideas You May Not Have Thought Of

10 Crazy Writing Ideas You May Not Have Thought Of

Are your so-called “creative” writing exercises starting to seem a little mundane? Spice it up with these outside-the-box writing ideas and prompts…       1.  Explain why the chicken crossed the road. Is the chicken fleeing the alien invasion? Leaving farm life behind in favor of a more sophisticated urban atmosphere? Headed for breast reduction surgery? Going out for cocktails? Have fun with it.       2.  Describe a memorable experience from the perspective of your pet. What does the family … Read More

10 Crazy Writing Ideas You May Not Have Thought Of
Are your so-called “creative” writing exercises starting to seem a little mundane? Spice it up with these outside-the-box writing ideas and prompts…       1.  Explain why the chicken crossed the road. Is the chicken fleeing the alien invasion? Leaving farm life behind in favor of a more sophisticated urban atmosphere? Headed for breast reduction surgery? Going out for cocktails? Have fun with it.       2.  Describe a memorable experience from the perspective of your pet. What does the family
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 wouldn’t be understanding this post!), so you can clearly learn ano
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
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
How To Pass a Test You Aren't Ready For |Test Taking Strategies
Didn't study for a big upcoming test? Not all hope is lost. Take a deep breath, and try these test taking strategies from Denver, Co tutor Clarence M...   We've all been there before: It’s the day of the test, or the night before, and you realize there is no way you will be able to get through all your studying. But that doesn't mean you can’t get a decent score on the test -- you just have to play your cards right. Stop Studying My first suggestion is to stop studying! With an

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