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The Secret to Becoming a More Interesting Person

The Secret to Becoming a More Interesting Person

We've talked a lot about the benefits of learning a new language. It can slow your brain's aging and even improve your memory... heck, you might even make more money if you're bilingual! But what if your motivation to pick up Spanish, Japanese, or another language isn't based on the brain boost? What if you just want to understand the sushi terms on your menu, order a round of German beer, or rattle off all the different kinds of French cheese? That's totally fine to admit. Sounds pretty … Read More

The Secret to Becoming a More Interesting Person
We've talked a lot about the benefits of learning a new language. It can slow your brain's aging and even improve your memory... heck, you might even make more money if you're bilingual! But what if your motivation to pick up Spanish, Japanese, or another language isn't based on the brain boost? What if you just want to understand the sushi terms on your menu, order a round of German beer, or rattle off all the different kinds of French cheese? That's totally fine to admit. Sounds pretty
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
How to Score a 5 on the AP Calculus Test
Getting ready to take the AP Calculus test? Brush up on these study tips from Olympia, WA tutor Tali H...   The AP Calculus exam is rumored to be one of the harder AP tests - especially for those of us who math doesn't come easily to. The test takes three hours and 15 minutes, and has 45 multiple-choice questions and six short-answer questions. Both types have a non-calculator part and a calculator part. Even though it sounds daunting, with some determination and productive studyi
3 Must-Read Books for Every Child's Reading List
Need some reading ideas? Before you head to the library, check out some of the best children's books in this guest post by New Milford, NJ tutor Matthew H...   Children’s books are a great way to establish good habits that kids will take with them throughout their lives. Reading not only helps develop strong vocabulary, but also makes it easier to learn new information and retain already existing material. Finding the right book for your child may seem like a difficult process because
How to Write With Humor: Finding Your Voice
A writer's voice is what attracts readers to stay on the page, finish the piece, and return for more. Voice makes writing uniquely the author's, and it can sink the poem, feature story, or op-ed piece for one reader and elevate it for another. As you're learning how to write with humor, keep the following things in mind! Humor is Important to Voice Humor can be a great part of voice. In fact, some would argue that it is a necessary part. Humor helps the reader: remember key points want

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