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Are you confident in your writing skills? If you’re worried about an upcoming essay assignment, take a look at these helpful essay writing tips from online tutor Natalie S.: I’ve been a teacher and a tutor for many years. I have the knowledge base to instruct on many topics, but the subject that students most often seek out my help for is essay writing tips. For students, writing an essay is often a daunting and even scary assignment. There tends to be a lot of emotion surrounding the act
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Does your child love to write? Writing offers children not only a medium for communication, but the ability to create and use their imagination! What’s more, writing aids your child’s emotional growth and helps build the critical thinking skills necessary for success in school and in life. Writing retreats and camps can help foster these abilities. What Happens at Writing Retreats? At writing camps, children can focus on their creating writing while having fun at the same time! In a comm
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What Great Writers Can Learn From Children's Books

Most experts agree: when you're learning how to write, reading as much as possible should be part of your daily life. And that means reading everything! Here, New Milford, NJ teacher Matthew H. explains what you can even learn from your favorite childhood books...   Children’s books are normally our first introduction to reading and writing. As kids, we listen to our parents, teachers, and other caregivers read aloud to us. Eventually, we read basic sentences on our own until we
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Writing Tips for Kids: How to Think of Great Story Ideas

One of the most common obstacles for a writer is the ability to come up with story ideas. Though all children, and adults for that matter, have them lodged somewhere in their brains, the trick is getting them out and on paper. So what are the best writing tips for kids to release their inner Shakespeare and develop a great plot line? Here are a few ideas to try out... Draw on real life experiences. One of the best writing tips for kids for finding great story ideas is to draw on rea
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5 Myths and Realities for Writing Fiction

Writing fiction comes with a number of myths that keep many people from giving it a serious try. Don't them get you down! Here are a few things that you might hear about the industry as you're learning how to write fiction--and the reality behind them. 1. You Have to Be a Big Name to Write Many aspiring writers are told that unless you're Stephen King or you're famous for something else, there's no point in trying to get your work noticed. But the truth is, many publishers actively look for
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4 Fun Writing Activities for Kids this Summer

Keeping a writing journal is a great way to keep your child´s mind active while they are out of school this summer. But unless you have a budding novelist in your family who is passionate about writing, your child may tire quickly of keeping a daily journal. Here are some fun, outside-of-the-box writing activities for kids that will keep your child writing all summer long! The Never-Ending Story Work together with your child to write a never-ending story that is sure to get you giggling! S
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7 Fun Writing Prompts for Kids During Winter Break

Is winter weather and Christmas impatience taking its toll on your kids – and your sanity? Get their holiday-inspired, creative juices flowing – and banish the boredom - with these fun writing prompts for kids with a winter theme… Channel some Dickens. Have your child write a poem or a story featuring three different versions of themselves getting a Christmas wish granted: one in the present, one in the past, and one in the future. Make a parody. What’s your child’s favor
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5 Fiction Writing Contests for High School Students

Do you have the gift of the written word? There are a variety of fiction writing contests available for high school students that are an ideal way to show off your writing. Think how hard you have worked and the confidence you’ve gained in your writing. It’s time to share it with the world! Our favorite high school fiction writing contests include: Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Skipping Stones magazine recognizes high school students that are working to promote multicultural, e
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The 4 Most Common Admissions Essay Topics (and How to Approach Them)

Are you getting your college applications ready? In most cases, you'll need a copy of your transcript, letters of recommendation, and the often-dreaded admissions essay. To make the process a little easier, read on as Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some of the most common admissions essay topics you might run into...   College admissions essays act as the human element in the otherwise statistic-driven admissions process. Where test scores and GPAs could easily be evaluated
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8 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Paper

8 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Paper

Writing a paper for class? Lock down an "A" with these helpful tips from San Diego tutor Natalie S... Over the course of your academic career, you will be expected to write multiple papers that will span a number of different subjects and purposes. While there are many ways to write a paper, below are a few of the common mistakes to avoid that are true for all types of papers. 1) Create a strong thesis BEFORE you start writing the paper. Do not begin the writing process without a thesis
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Creative Writing: Not That Different from Academic Writing?

Creative Writing: Not That Different from Academic Writing?

Think creative writing is all that different from writing a research paper in class? You might be surprised! Read on as New Milford, NJ tutor Matthew H. explains...   Creative writing tips seem to be counterintuitive; how can someone tell someone else how to be creative? The truth is that the secret to writing any good creative literature is not really that different from what you need for a really great academic paper: strong structure. I tutor many students for the SAT and GRE.
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How to Analyze an Argument in an Essay | 4 Easy Steps & Examples

You'll probably need to know how to analyze an argument properly at some point in your academic career. Here, tutor Andrew P. shares his guide to success... If you’re a high school or college student or you’re studying for your GRE, you'll probably be expected at some point to understand, restate, comment on, or discuss an author’s position assertion (strongly stated position). In this guide, I will go over analyzing an argument example and give you step-by-step directions for succ
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Imagine transporting yourself into another time — pretty cool, right? This is exactly what readers get to do with the historical fiction genre. These kinds of novels invite readers to escape to a different world in a different time.  However, when it comes to writing a historical novel, it takes a lot more than just jotting down some words on the page. You have to set the scene and create a convincing setting, where you readers can immerse themselves and lose track of time. You have to m
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Are your so-called “creative” writing exercises starting to seem a little mundane? Spice it up with these outside-the-box writing ideas and prompts…       1.  Explain why the chicken crossed the road. Is the chicken fleeing the alien invasion? Leaving farm life behind in favor of a more sophisticated urban atmosphere? Headed for breast reduction surgery? Going out for cocktails? Have fun with it.       2.  Describe a memorable experience from the perspective of your pet. What d
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Did you know that the writing methods you choose can affect your creative process? Organization is particularly important to your writing success, allowing for a clear mind, smooth-flowing thought process, and proper story development. But how OCD do you have to be to prevent a major disaster? Keep yourself on track with these practical writing tips for kids: Clean up your act. Organizing your jumble of story ideas can help you identify the best options for a given writing project. Wading t
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What are the steps to writing a book report that will earn you an "A"? Check out these helpful tips from San Diego tutor Natalie S... Every student will be expected to write a book report at some point or another in his or her scholastic career. This is a great assignment for students who want to hone reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. Book reports often seem scary and overwhelming initially, however, if you follow these steps to writing a book report, you can easily and succe
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7 Simple Steps for Journalistic Writing

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My Juilliard Entrance Essay | Sample Essay and Tips

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4 Reasons Why Good Writers Succeed at Work

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Writing Tips for Kids: How to Write an Amazing Ending

A good story needs to be strong from the first line through the final page. It's all too easy to start strong with a great hook and an interesting set of characters, but then lose momentum along the way and stop short at the end. This can be tough for budding wordsmiths of all ages - so how can you encourage your kids and help them understand the writing techniques involved? Here are some tips for parents and private writing tutors alike... Read and discuss great literature As a parent
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Although schools may be veering away from it, learning how to write a personal narrative essay can take you far in life. Learn more in this guest post by Chicago, IL tutor Samantha S...   Students, perhaps you have noticed the recent Common Core State Standard trend to veer away from such writing prompts as “What Did You Do On Summer Vacation?” Though nationwide curriculum currently mandates that best-practice instruction focuses on nonfiction, non-narrative writing, here’s why
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7 Simple Rules for Remembering Spelling

Never be stumped again! Here, New York tutor Lauren P. shares some tips to remember tricky rules and get the spelling help you need...   To preface, not every word follows a strict spelling rule. There are always exceptions and irregular forms. Therefore, keep this in mind before memorizing any of the following rules. 1) Use funny memory tools for complicated spellings There are many creative ways to remember irregular words with double letters or an assortment of vowels. The weird
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