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Do the terms "preposition," "verb," "article," and "modal verb" sometimes stump you? Typically, students are taught the word "preposition" in 1st grade. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure that if I had seen that long word at the top of a worksheet in 1st grade, I would have skipped right over it, coding "preposition" as a long word that simply did not fit in my schema of the world. Fast forward to middle, high school, and college, and I see that many native speakers often find one or more grammatical device or structure challenging. Grammar lessons learned in elementary school can easily slip from one's mind, leaving students to struggle when applying their skills to essay writing, earning them phrases such as "wrong modifier!" "run-on!" and "awkward!" splattered in red ink all over their graded assignments.   It is one thing to not remember rules of grammar correctly,... read more

Just realized the SAT is right around the corner and you have no study time logged to show for it? Below you'll find a quick (and not entirely painless), independent study plan for those with about one month to go. Remember: This plan is not necessarily the best for long term retention; this is a crash course to improve your SAT score. Time: You'll probably need about 15 hours per week for 4 weeks. No whining. 15 hours x 4 weeks = 60 hours, and then you're done. Again, remember: Your score is important to college and scholarship boards (and your parents). Good news? This study plan should help power you through the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT. Bad news? You still have to figure out a study plan for the last third of the test, Math. I'm not a math tutor, so I have zero guidance on this subject. Sorry. 1) Vocabulary Flash cards are portable and pretty; they're also pretty useless. Learn words in context. In fact, learn as many words... read more

While my editing and proofreading clients typically come from repeat clients met through previous work, there are two other types of inquiries I regularly receive. The first is usually from a parent who wants to see her child succeed during a transitional phase: learning to read, the first year of high school, the first honors or AP class, and in the first year of college. These transitional phases are difficult as, depending on the student's previous educational experience and exposure to teaching styles, the student simply may not have the necessary study skills available to succeed. This is where I step in. After working with your student one-on-one, an opportunity that a classroom teacher does not have (I have and currently do teach in a classroom environment, and I am constantly aware of the time limitations imposed on my opportunities to effectively assess student progress), I can relatively quickly determine what skills we need to work on to ensure that your student can... read more

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