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Hello Ace students!  My most trusted web site for English students is Dictionary.com. This source not only  provides a quick source to help you define words you  might chose to use in term papers, it also provides other learning tools such as:"the word of the day" that can be sent to you re mail address free of charge.  In addition to providing a new word from Webster's Dictionary daily, the source defines the word, uses it in a sentence and provides the language  from which it came. This resource will enable you to write more scholarly viable papers as your vocabulary grows.  The e-mail feature allows allows you to share the "Word of the Day with friends and family. This is a great resource andI hope you will explre it and then use it for your writing and research needs.  Keep learning!!

Over the years, I have found that the three best waysto keep your brain shar over the Winter (Christmas) break are: 1. Read a book related to something you are studying in school. Without a doubt, you are studying something that hold your interest. Check out a book from the school on that topic. 2. Ask your teacher for extra credit work. Before you sigh , or throw something at your computer, there will come a time durring the school-year when you will need an extra point, and here you go. 3. Learn a new word. Stretch your vocabulary by one word and use it in conversation. Encourage friends and family members to do the same. This can be a lot of fun! 4.Play word games such as Scrabble with friends and family. 5. Make a point to make friends with someone  outsiide your culture. Happy holidays!

"Honey do you have any homework?" " I don't know. I can't find it." Does this sound like a conversation you might have with your son son or daughter?    Here, at the onset of another school year,let's see can do about that. In First grade, children begin to be assigned homework. Small children, once they begin, to learn to write should begin keeping  homework notebooks.  Here's how it works, At the start of each day, use a clean sheet of paper. Write the date the top of the sheet. Then, younger children should be helped to either copy their homework from the whiteboard or helped to write it down. (For younger children this accomplishes two deveopmental goals: copying accuratly  and  organization. As a younger child accomplishes a completed assignment, they are given a reward that matches the way they learn,(stickers, praise etc.) Older students  willuse their notebooks or dayplanners to keep track of assignments. As... read more

All students struggle with a different type of "Brain Freeze" during the Summer months. This tendncy to be sluggish duuring the Summer months is often refered to as "The Summer Slump." There are ways to headoff this dreadesd cause of doom. What follows is a five point "Summer Slump" Survival Guide." 1. Acknowledge that you have fallen into a "Summer Slump" and you need to get out of it. 2. Determine that your local library is your new "hangout." Now that you have free time, you can explore those areas of interest that structured school kept you from exploring. (If you need an added push, it's free!) 3. Start a book club with a few friends! No, I'm not kidding! With the past crazes over such book fads as "The Hunger Games," finding a group of friends who share your interests in books really wont be that difficult. 4. If you're going to play computer games, try some educational ones. Did you know that... read more

Organization is the most important skill any student has. Lack of organization can cause students to lose assignments, or turn them in with errors that could have otherwise been prevented had the correct supplies and time been secured. It all starts a month in advance of an assignment being due with a day planner. Writing down your assignments ahead of time allows you to see them with enough time to break large projects into smaller ones. Write down the steps you will need to take to to complete your project. Cross off each task as you complete it (double checking your work as you go.) You will enjoy the feeling of accomplishment you have as you near your goal. Finally, when you complete your task, acknowledge your hard work. Enjoy it. You have reached your goal.

Do you want to increase your child's vocabulary and make them feel more secure at the same time? Here how. Read to them. Research has shown that simply reading to a child ten-fifteen minutes a day will add to their vocabulary for the simple reason that children hear new words in contexts as they are read t them.As you read a read a new word you would like your child to learn, stop and ask, "what do you think this word means?" (This question teaches them to rely upon context.) Praise them for correct answers and gently correct wrong ones. Keep a diary of new words your child learns so that your child can take pride in their growing vocabulary. Your child will have the pride of added knowledge and you will share in the joy of their accomplishment. That is a life-long gift.

I believe you should begin studying for a test a week before it occurs. If you have taken good notes during the classes leading up to the exam you have a good foundation. Often course notes are meant as an addition to, not a replacement for your textbook. Lectures and textbooks often fill in gaps for one another. Pay attention to the cases of overlap between textbooks and lectures, more often than not, it is this subject matter that ends up on exams. Study groups are also a good idea provided EACH MEMBER DOES THEIR SHARE OF THE WORK! One way to make sure this gets done, is to take the study guides teachers and professors give students and break it down among members of the group then e-mail completed sections to each other. Once you have each other's completed sections (IF THEY ARE NOT BEING GRADED,) compare answers and ask questions. Someone else might have a better understanding of a particular matter than you you do and you them. Do your work and help each other. Everyone will... read more

My name is Julie and I am a proofreading tutor in Katy. Why is proofreading important? Because, this practice allows you to catch errors in papers and correct them before your teacher sees them and deducts points. One suggestion for effective proofreading, is to never examine your own work. Take the time to begin your writing early, so that you can show a first draft to someone you trust. That person will mark errors in your paper and hand it back to you in time for you to correct the errors and print out a fresh copy. Often, teachers are willing to proofread papers and offer suggestions for their students. (It never hurts to ask.) In sum, proofreading can help students improve their paper scores.

How many times have you heard yourself say (or felt like saying) I know I should study, but, there are SO MANY other things I would rather be doing ... Look at it this way, If you get homework out of the way early when you get home from class, you will have more time to enjoy other activities you enjoy the rest of the day. Trust me, when you put off homework till the last minute, it will backfire. (I know this personally.) One way to stay on track is to use a day-planner. When you write down what is due at the first of every week (and look at it throughout the week) you have a constant reminder of what is due. That is step one. Step two: Break It DOWN. For example, if your going to write an English paper take a week, two weeks before your paper is due, the first day pick a topic. Can you find enough information to meet your source and length requirements? Does the topic interest you? What is your goal? Are you trying to convince someone of something, inform the, debate a point... read more

Hello Wordsmiths, Our word of the day is MONOPOLY (noun). This is defined as "Exclusive control by one group of the means of producing or selling a commodity or service." (The American Heritage Dictionary, page 811). The first question one must ask when dealing with economic matters such as this is, "why does it matter?" It matters because of equal opportunity. By its very nature, a free-market system frowns upon monopolies because they do not allow for competition. Are you still keeping your vocabulary words in a notebook? As you follow the words I post, add your own. Show them to your teachers and parents. Most importantly, use your words. That is how your vocabulary grows! Good job today, Wordsmiths! Your next word is soon to come!

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's trip into the obscure. Today's word is cartel. The American Heritage Dictionary Second College Edition defines cartel (noun) as "a combination of independent business organizations formed to regulate production, pricing and marketing of goods by the members." (Page 243) The news often speaks of cartels in terms of illegal activity such as drug-trafficking. However, this is not always the case. Often cartels simply work with large ammounts of legal products such as cars or computer equipment. The next time you hear this word on the news or read it in a news magazine, pay close attention to the context in which it is being used. One example of a large LEGAL cartel is OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries). They work to control the price of oil. The word "cartel" can be used in a sentence as follows. The United States has waged a brave war against the South American drug cartel, but much more needs to be done... read more

How many times have you thought, "what is a synonym for, (a word that means the same as) obscure?" The beginning is always the best place to start. The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word obscure as, "deficient in light or dark, or not clearly understood" (Page 858). It follows then that a synonym for the word obscure would be unclear. Conversely, an antonym refers to the opposite of a concept. A thesaurus contains synonyms for words (Microsoft Word even offers this service). The exercise I followed above was simply to: pick a word out of the dictionary, write it down and copy the definition. This would easily be kept in a notebook. You would be amazed at the growth of your vocabulary at the end of a month. Then look for opportunities as you write to use your new vocabulary words. Use your new words in every-day conversation. Share them with family and friends. Before long, you will be the one people will come to when they are looking for a new... read more

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