College and High School I have students of various ages who know they have to do… something. I have this thing to do, it’s in the school on-line Portal…. OK, let’s get online so you can do your Portal work. Oh, this doesn’t seem to be what I need… What do you mean, we haven’t… Read More I have an Assignment…
A student today asked me about comma splices. The teacher warned Student about them, and the test was coming up… It’s as if Student had a shameful secret that no one else had. NOPE. It’s so common that it’s an internet meme! So what, exactly, is a comma splice? It’s hooking up two sentences into… Read More Tutor on Grammar -How do I fix it?
It’s not what you don’t know that will trip you up, its what you don’t know that isn’t so. Did the sun rise today? No, it did not! After all, the sun does not revolve around the earth, so how could it rise or set? What actually happened is that the earth rose against the… Read More Science Tutor: Sunrise vs. Copernicus
My college student has trouble starting off her essays. Once she gets to the body, she can sling the facts and serve up the reasons, but starting? Shudder, shiver, shake! Beginnings are no good. Essays show up in Literature and in History, both of which are Regents subjects in NY. It’s important to write a… Read More Tutor on Essays – Midterms are coming!
Tis the season… to be CREEPY. Let us turn to literature, which gives good advice about when to RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!! One of my students is studying American Gothic, including 4 stories by Edgar Allen Poe. The stories are wonderfully chilling, but they were written in the mid 1800s, and the sentence structure and… Read More Tutor on High School Literature: Edgar Allen Poe
I am working on a Civil War assignment with one of my students. This was the first war where iron boats floated on the rivers. The Monitor carried Union soldiers, and the Merrimack carried Confederates. By amazing coincidence, Pearls Before Swine by Stephen Pastis mentioned those very ships today. As pointed out in the cartoon,… Read More Tutoring in History: Civil War with Cartoons