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Writing Tutor Tips: Rules, Breaking Rules, and Finding Your Voice

Posted by James Reich on 8/27/13 9:27 AM

As a writing tutor in Boston I try to keep track of various resources that give advice on writing. One thing I've noticed is that, more often than not, advice on writing takes the form of rules.

Often these are lists of rules. If you google "writing advice" you'll come up with Walter Benjamin's "13 Theses on Writing," Henry Miller's "11 Commandments of Writing," David Ogilvy's "10 No-bullshit Tips on Writing," Kurt Vonnegut's "8 Rules For a Great Story," Zadie Smith's "10 Rules of Writing," Stephen Greenblatt's "10 Rules and a Desire," and on and on and on. Making a list of writing rules seems like practically its own genre now, alongside the short story, the novel, and the essay.

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Tags: study skills, expository writing

SAT Essay Part III: Vocabulary and Sentence Structure

Posted by James Reich on 8/8/13 9:31 AM

 In my last two posts I discussed broad strategies for the SAT essay section, and then some specific tactics to help you write the essay quickly, efficiently and without panicking. In this post I want to focus more closely on the actual sentences and the structure of your prose, and give you some idea of what the graders are looking for.
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Tags: English, SAT, expository writing

Writing the SAT Essay: The First Few Steps

Posted by James Reich on 7/23/13 8:30 AM

In the last blog post, I discussed the overall strategy for writing the SAT essay, which is based on recognizing that this essay is not like other pieces of writing. It is specifically designed to test your ability to pick a point of view on any given issue, develop it and express it with good language skills, and to do so quickly, with little time to plan or reviseNow that we're clear on what the essay is (and is not) designed to show, we can talk about SAT verbal tips and some specific tactics you can use to write the essay.

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Tags: SAT, expository writing

Study Skills: How to get the most out of a writing tutor

Posted by James Reich on 7/11/13 9:17 AM

A private tutor can be a great way to improve your writing, or your scores on standardized tests. A tutor can give you new techniques and tips you weren't aware of, point things out to you that you wouldn't have noticed, give you good practice exercises, and generally help with your discipline and motivation in writing or standardized test prep.  

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Tags: study skills, expository writing

Academic Tutoring: Building Your Vocabulary

Posted by James Reich on 6/12/13 9:22 AM

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Tags: SAT, GRE