Monthly Archives: January 2013

Tutor vs Educational Coach

What is the difference between a “tutor” and an “educational coach? As a tutor, I work with specific skills. For example, in school, it is repeatedly demonstrated that the student is unable to grasp the concept of a sentence in

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there, they’re, their

Writing Conventions Homonyms are words that sound the same (homo) but have different meanings or names (nym) to illustrate concepts and ideas. Another word is homophone, which means same sound. Homonyms and homophones are difficult for many people when they

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What is background knowledge?

Before they begin reading, readers look at the title and elicit background knowledge. When I explain this to students who I tutor in reading and writing, I keep it simple and say: “Background knowledge is what we already know.” When

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