Writing is hard: True fact. You have to organize your thoughts more clearly than if you were just talking, because when you talk you can backtrack and fill in details that you left out. Writing has to be more organized than that. The first draft is allowed to be a mess! Student tried to get… Read More The Dreaded First Draft
“I got to the end of 12 pages. I’m done writing, right?” Students sometimes need a little help with organizing their papers. Do the words say what Student meant to say? Are all the ideas about SubTopic A near each other, or are they mixed in with SubTopics B & C? If so, was that… Read More Student, did you read what you wrote?
Dear High School & College studetns writing your end-of-term papers, When using spell-check options, its important to know the difference between nouns, ver bs, and adjectives. It was a four car collided. It was a four car collision There were four cars in the collision Four cars collided. The collided of two cultures. A collision… Read More Verbing Nouns
As high school students transition to college, they need to bring words they know and understand into their active writing vocabulary. This means – bear with me here – proofreading and re-writing words. So many people, when they reach the end of the conclusion, assume they are done. Nope. Every page should morph through two… Read More Tutor vs Academic Language
Trigger Warning for talk of death. Babies are good. Dead mommies: not so good. The rate of Texas women who died from complications related to pregnancy doubled from 2010 to 2014, a new study has found, for an estimated maternal mortality rate that is unmatched in any other state and the rest of the developed… Read More Hey, Baby!
End of semester: Take Poetry Less Seriously Day The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost Hear it read over here! Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in… Read More Robert Frost & the Fork in the Road
Are commas really all that important? Yes. Student: Help, my teacher said I need more punctuation. Me: You’ve come to the right place! Student needed to add commas to the essay. Student also needed advice for knowing when to add commas, even when the Tutor is not around. Here’s a partial list, based on Student’s… Read More More Punctuation, Please.