Hi, If you still are seeking a clear answer to your question, I think I can answer it more clearly than a lot of website sources. Modernism began at the end of the 19th Century and was influenced by the new technologies and ideologies that permeated the period (automobile, airplane,...
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This is the best way. I would use the "tu" form since if you are asking the question, you're probably being friendly towards the other person. D'où viens-tu?
Why are the SAT, GRE, ACT, GMAT, etc., designed to trick students into picking the wrong answer and to make sure many students don't finish on time?
For anyone that is preparing or thinking about preparing for one of the standardized 'high stakes' tests (you know which ones) -- the SAT, GRE, GMAT, ISEE, SSAT, and so on -- there's something you really should know about test development. But first consider this. Wouldn't it be sensible for tests to discover what your strengths are and what you do well in? Of course! But who said... read more
Another 'rule' your English teacher might teach you that is actually a myth. Don't begin a sentence with "and."
So you are wondering about another rule that English teachers tell you that is really a "myth." It's that you can't begin a sentence with 'and,' 'but,' 'or,' 'yet,' or 'so.' Well, you can. Your teacher might correct you when you begin a sentence with "and." However, as long as your sentence is an independent clause, it's fine, and many of the best writers start sentences with those... read more
Whether you're in middle school, high school, or college, it is almost certain that you will have writing assignments wherein you're required to take a position on a topic, and argue your position by providing a thesis and supporting points. For example, a typical subject might be "The death penalty should be abolished," or "High schools should institute a pass/fail grading... read more
Have you ever wondered just who is reading that personal statement you have to submit (along with the rest of your material) when applying to a college or university. Here's a statement from one such reader (No, I didn't write it). * * * * * * * * "The key fact to know about your... read more
Educational administration, whether at a small college or a major university, requires a lot of tactical efforts, not just educational efforts. Think about all those courses and who must determine their time slots and assign classroom space. Think of the first day of a semester when students are rushing to find out where their class meets. Imagine if you had a job where your office location... read more
To add to the excellent explanations, there is another use of the word "affect," which is particularly important for anyone studying psychology or education, but is bound to turn up in other subjects as well. "Affect" is often used as a noun, in which case it means something close to "emotional...
Have you taken a full year or two of a foreign language, and wish to have an enjoyable way to increase, improve, and expand your vocabulary and comprehension of the language in 'real' life? Here is an easy and rewarding way to do so. First, let's figure what you usually 'need' for foreign language study: material in the language you're studying; a way to look up or translate unfamiliar words... read more
Here's a thought. A student in Philadelphia (close to where I used to live) received a perfect 2400 on her Scholastic Aptitude Test recently. To what did she attribute her high score? Well, she has read a lot ever since she was in primary school. But more importantly, she LIKES to read. Have you noticed that you often do well in a subject or a sport or just about any activity if you actually... read more
Have you scheduled a time to take one of the standardized tests listed in the subject line? Are you thinking about signing up to take one of them? Have you taken one already, but have decided to take it again in the hopes of getting a higher score? Have you taken one of the tests, and found the experience so rewarding, you plan to sign up and take the same test simply for the enjoyment? (If you’re... read more
Flashcards have been used for a long time by students that want to broaden their vocabulary, whether for learning a second language or increasing one's vocabulary of your primary language. Before computers, students often used index cards and wrote a word on one side, and the meaning of the word, or the equivalent word in another language on the other side. Now there are all sorts of flashcard... read more
Beyond the dictionary and thesaurus: How to write clearly, and find the right word for the right context.
The two basic reference books for writers are the dictionary and the thesaurus. There are several good ones available--both in hard copy and online. However, if you want to find the exact word you need for a particular subject or build your vocabulary, whether the subject is technology, geography, history, architecture, business, politics, history, and so on, there are two books you should... read more
Breaking the stereotype that Math Majors are Nerds - How about pro athletes, writers, actors, songwriters?
Math majors have included professional athletes, actors, writers (including the author of the original Dracula), not just students in white shirts and nerdy glasses. Here is a list of a few famous ones. Harry Blackmun - Supreme Court Justice Ahmed Chalabi ~ controversial Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago Lewis Carroll (AKA Charles... read more
If you are studying a foreign language or would like to, consider the various ways you can use film to make your studying more interesting. Here are some suggestions. DVDs often come with original language and dubbed language choices, as well as a choice of subtitle languages (and some have cloze-captioning for the hard of hearing options). If you’re studying French, for example, you could... read more
If you are studying for the AP English Literature test or taking English or Literature in high school or college, you probably have had to study Shakespeare, or perhaps plays from the modern period like those written by Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, or Thornton Wilder. It's not easy to see a production of these plays unless you're lucky enough to be studying at the same time a production... read more
Students of all ages often wish they could have an electronic version of a book on study skills, a reference book, a book on math, a foreign language, or a book for learning English. Of course, you can always buy a download from the major vendors on the internet, but often we just need these books for a few weeks. You can gain access to lots of these electronic learning material for free if... read more
This is an old joke. What do you call a person that speaks one language? American! If you grow up in the United States, there's a good chance your experience with learning a second language (other than English) wasn't a pleasant one. There are probably dozens of reasons why. You hear responses like, "Everyone speaks English," "I don't have a chance to interact with people that speak a different... read more
So you think literature, writing, history, philosophy, art aren’t “practical subjects”? Think again! Here is what Matthew W. Barrett, CEO of Barclay's Bank had to say about the subject: “If you can get me a young person who can divine the patterns of imagery in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, it would take me just a half hour to teach that person how to break down a balance sheet. Teach... read more