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Rachel M.'s Resources


If I Could Go Back In Time...

If I could go back in time, and give one valuable piece of information to my younger self, what might that be? This is a question prompt from Wyzant's Tutors Blog. I would tell Rachel Jr. to stay focused. In every young mind willing to learn, there is a conscience that one can choose to listen to or ignore for the time being. Never put off today's struggle for tomorrow's hardship. Once you... read more


Taking the Time to Study

One of the greatest things about being in school (but also the most daunting) is that you have your whole life ahead of you. What many students don’t realize is how they study now will affect how they achieve later in life. It seems that this might be a pretty obvious thing to consider, but it only becomes apparent to many in retrospect. One of the first instructions I would make about... read more


My China Trip

I am in China right now from December 13-January 4 visiting my father who lives here in Hangzhou, a city just three hours south of Shanghai. He and his wife have just welcomed a baby boy into the world and are spending a great deal of time caring for him and preparing the house for my visit. My little brother's name is Benjamin, and he was born on November 2, 2012. I am so glad that there is... read more


Online Resources for ESL Students

There are many resources online to help ESL students learn English on their own time. Many dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster ( and Larousse ( offer audio prompts for those struggling with precise pronunciation. No two people pronounce words exactly the same in everyday life, but these sites can recite the words for you in all the acceptable pronunciations. Merriam-Webster... read more


Top 3 Study Tips to Kick Off the Year

I would suggest using a wide variety of tools to ensure the student remains interested in the subject and stays focused on achieving his goals. For practical reasons I have created three essential sure-fire tips: 1) Make detailed notes. Notes can be anything from index cards to outlines. Always make sure your notes are organized and easy to read so you don't panic when you have to use them... read more


English Learners' Podcast

I recently discovered a podcast that is a great tool for English speakers to learn more about the language they use every day. It is a National Public Radio show called "A Way with Words." People can call in with their language questions, and often learn about their "etymological heritage" through a brief conversation with Grant and Martha, the word gurus. It is not necessary... read more