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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
5 Tips for Completing Fraction Worksheets
Struggling with learning fractions? It can take some time and repetitive practice to really get them down. Here, Tucson tutor Blake C. shares his best tips... Fraction worksheets are usually meant to get us to visualize fractions as parts to a whole. Some of us may vaguely remember being asked to identify fractions by looking at the number of shaded regions of a given shape cut into so many pieces. Others among us have little ones who are confronting this type of fraction worksheet for th
16 Unexpected Things International Students Face
Here on the TakeLessons Blog, we've explored the best cities to visit in Spain, taken a foodie tour of Korea, and even learned about fun festivals like Germany's Oktoberfest. But what about the unique experiences international exchange students have when they come here to the US? You might be surprised to hear the things that baffle everyone else. Curious? We were too, so when we came across an article over on the StudentUniverse blog sharing these revelations from an international exc
Learning by Doing: Ways to Study as a Kinesthetic Learner
Do you learn best with a hands-on approach? Learn about the most effective kinesthetic learning strategies in this guest post by New Milford, NJ teacher Matthew H...   In a previous post on study skills for high school students, I discussed some of the different learning styles that work best for different people. Sometimes, a student can even be a mixture of two or more types of learner. As a result, the way you approach studying should reflect the way that your body and mind p
Top 10 Tips for Creative Writing
Love writing, but sometimes not sure where to start? Check out these top tips for creative writing from Chicago tutor Galen B. to kickstart your imagination! Creative writing is a valuable means of self-expression, but it can be a challenging process. There are difficulties every step of the way—from confronting a blank page to battling writer’s block to finding the right way to end a piece. Whatever you’re writing, the most important thing is to not lose confidence. These 10 tips for cre

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