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Writing Tips for Kids: How to Write an Amazing Ending

Writing Tips for Kids: How to Write an Amazing Ending

A good story needs to be strong from the first line through the final page. It's all too easy to start strong with a great hook and an interesting set of characters, but then lose momentum along the way and stop short at the end. This can be tough for budding wordsmiths of all ages - so how can you encourage your kids and help them understand the writing techniques involved? Here are some tips for parents and private writing tutors alike... Read and discuss great literature As a parent … Read More

Writing Tips for Kids: How to Write an Amazing Ending
A good story needs to be strong from the first line through the final page. It's all too easy to start strong with a great hook and an interesting set of characters, but then lose momentum along the way and stop short at the end. This can be tough for budding wordsmiths of all ages - so how can you encourage your kids and help them understand the writing techniques involved? Here are some tips for parents and private writing tutors alike... Read and discuss great literature As a parent
How to Analyze an Argument in an Essay | 4 Easy Steps
At some point in your academic career, you'll need to know how to analyze an argument properly. Here, tutor Andrew P. shares his guide to success...   As a college student, you'll be expected at some point to understand, restate, comment on, or discuss someone’s assertion (strongly stated position). An argument is a reason(s) for a conclusion. He is dense (reason); therefore, I won’t talk with him (conclusion). I won’t talk with him (conclusion) because he is dense (reaso
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
How to Write a Haiku | A Short History and 7 Easy Steps
Interested in learning how to write a haiku? Learn a bit about their rich history, and then take a stab at writing your own with the help of this guest post from Cherese Cobb, creative writer and self-proclaimed haiku nut:   Haiku comes from tanka, a short poem that has a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable rhythm. It was originally practiced by Japanese noblemen and Buddhist priests. During the 9th-12th centuries, writing tanka became a game called renga, where one person wrote the first three lines
4 Ways to Learn a Language Like a Kid (and Why It Works)
As an adult, learning a foreign language can be tough. But it's certainly not impossible! Check out these tips from French teacher Carol Beth L. to bring out your inner kid and make learning easier...   Last week, we shared how learning a language as an adult is different from what you may have experienced as a high school student (or even earlier on, if you were raised bilingual). While recognizing the challenges and advantages is a great first step, it's also important to put

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