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
Published articles this summer: 2. Word count toward new articles this summer: 0. I blame the humidity. As motivation toward a new article, I found a widget! (Credit where credit is due: someone else found it for me.) Word Count Widgets Article target goal ~ 2K, daily goal = 500 words. <img src=”http://wordmeter.herokuapp.com/meter/words=400&target=2000″> When the… Read More Publishing!
“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
The real question: How do you google for these bubble people? I can never find them on purpose. You know what’s the most fun about writing a multi-path book? Making all the paths! It’s like a book specially designed for ADHD writers! Boing boing boing here I am all over the place You know what… Read More Tutor vs Choose Your Own Adventure
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.