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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
How to Write a Good Thesis: What You Need to Know
Remember learning about writing your thesis statement? It can be difficult to get just right, even for the best writers! Here, online tutor Lourdes C. cuts through the confusion with her simple guide to how to write a good thesis: A thesis - your worst nightmare, and the second highest cause of college breakdowns, next to heartbreak. You get this every class. You think you know how to think, you think you know how to write, then your instructor gives you a handout that requires a "research-
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
How Music Lessons Helped Me Learn a New Language
Want to learn a new language? If you've ever taken music lessons, you may be at an advantage! Read on as Ann Arbor, MI piano teacher Amy C. explains...   I recently began taking a beginner’s Italian class. (I’m sure you are already wondering what this has to do with music lessons, but bear with me.) I often hear Italian spoken around me because I nanny for a native Italian family. However, besides hearing this family speak and knowing a few simple phrases (ciao, buona notte, gra
3 Techniques for Rethinking Test Prep
Have a big test coming up? Don't fret! Rethink the way you prepare with these three helpful tips from Olympia, WA tutor Tali H... In order to make test prep “FUN,” you need to - in a sense - forget that what you’re learning is test prep. It’s all about the outlook, distracting yourself, and actually believing (or finding a way to convince yourself) that what you’re learning is worthwhile. 1. The Right Motivation is Key Let’s think fitness for a second. Now, say you tell yourself, “I m

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