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.
The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) in training wrote a very interesting paper, so much fun to read. But the good old comma and assorted unclear phrases meant that a Writing Consultant will always a bit of Speech & Language to analyze The role of the SPL is to ensure something. Who is enacting the prevention… Read More Tutor vs Therapist’s English
“As I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen is about a mom who raised her daughter Emily after her husband left her. Mom was flat broke and couldn’t be ‘the good mom’ while also being the bread-winner. Now the social worker at Emily’s school wants to have a talk… while Mom stands there, ironing.… Read More One Paper, So Many Tiny Errors
“The idea that uncontrolled immigration is bad comes from the ____ right.” The word that belongs in the blank is: poultices particles politics political When a student in a college English class does not realize that spell-check offered the wrong word first and the right word third, sentences can produce strange meanings. Does this come… Read More The Right Word
Two of them. Two students showed up today, with the best of intentions. They had signed up to spend extra time with a tutor instead of hanging out with their X-boxes. They wanted, really wanted, to get good grades on their essays. The were investing in their education! Only, not. Student A had booked… Read More Tutor vs. Clueless Student
Student has an evaluation essay back from the professor. It starts: In this essay I am going to talk about if the elementary schools should or shouldn’t make the students wear uniforms. Can you see what’s wrong with that? It introduces that something is about to be said. Just say it! It uses the pronoun… Read More Academic Language
My student had some lousy grammar. Here, have some Rockettes, sponsored by there-their-they’re There are their lessons in eye-high kicking, and they’re wearing practice clothes, too! Rockettes practice A LOT. Students have to practice a lot, too. Rockettes: Summer Series, Ep. 7 – Kickline!