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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
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
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
8 Great Writing Retreats for Kids
Does your child love to write? Writing offers children not only a medium for communication, but the ability to create and use their imagination! What’s more, writing aids your child’s emotional growth and helps build the critical thinking skills necessary for success in school and in life. Writing retreats and camps can help foster these abilities. What Happens at Writing Retreats? At writing camps, children can focus on their creating writing while having fun at the same time! In a community
How to Score a 5 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam
Getting ready to take the AP English Language and Composition exam? Check out these study tips from Olympia, WA tutor Tali H...   The AP English Language and Composition exam is just over three hours, encompassing a 55-question 60-minute multiple-choice section (45% of total score) and a 135-minute time period to write three essays (55% of total score). The more complicated part of the test, the essays, is what I’ll be focusing on in this article. However, in regard to the mult

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