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Telling Your Story: Why Your Personal Narrative Matters

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 … Read More

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
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
5 Tips for Acing Your Composition Writing Class
Falling behind in your freshman composition writing class? There's still time to get caught up. Keep reading for helpful tips from Machias, ME tutor and English teacher Matt M...   I have taught English composition and literature for over a decade at the college level. During that time, I’ve taught at six different universities, four domestic and two abroad. Hundreds of students have passed through my English classrooms. While nothing can ensure an A, there are many easy things st
How to Avoid Procrastination & Stay Focused During the Holidays: 4 Easy Tips
Winter break is coming up, but that doesn't mean you can slack off! Make sure you don't lose momentum with these helpful tips from San Diego tutor Natalie S...   The holiday season is quickly approaching, and no matter which holidays you celebrate, it's easy to get swept up in the excitement and lose focus of your academic goals. Check out the four easy steps below and learn how to avoid procrastination and stay productive during the holiday season! 1) Set a consistent study sc
Tips for Writing: Why Writing Tutors Aren’t Just for Kids
Think tutors are just for kids? From professional emails to cover letters, learning how to write well will carry you far through life - so if you're not confident in your skills, it may be worth looking into. Check out these tips for writing from Evanston, IL and online tutor Rachel M.:   As a college student with three years of private tutoring under my belt, I can speak from experience when I say that writing isn’t what it used to be. Students learn how to type using an iPad and

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