Personification Adds Personality to Everything!
There are several literary devices sometimes called poetic devices or figurative language that can add colour and vibrancy to your writing. Generally, they are more useful for fiction writing than for academic writing; however, some of the frequently used literary devices aren’t even recognized as such within academic writing because they have entered into everyday speech and understanding. That is, at least for native English speakers. Figurative language can be a challenge when English isn...
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Make the Most of Your Homework Time and Reduce the Pain
I get a lot of questions from my students and on social media about how to make the most of homework time and how to reduce the pain! Some students are interested in getting better grades and are willing to do almost anything to get them. Others are interested in reducing the pain and want something easy to make that happen. These two goals are not as disparate as they might seem at first glance.
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Taking the Terror Out of Poetry Analysis
First Things First Before I get into the tools you can use to help interpret or analyze poetry, I want to stress the importance of reading for enjoyment. Relax. Let the words, phrasing, rhyme scheme, and rhythm flow through you. An essential part of understanding poetry is ‘feeling’ it. Read the poem first for overall concept and fun. Do a second reading to start a more thorough interpretation. Poems should be read multiple times. The following blog invites you to ask questions an...
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Tips for Quick Multiplication & Division with Zeroes
You might have noticed that some people seem to be able to do math like magic, or maybe you think these people are geniuses. Well, they might be, but more likely they have learned a few methods that make mental math a lot easier. Follow these tips to speed up your multiplication and division talents! The main thing to keep in mind when multiplying is to disregard (at first) any zeroes on the right side of whole numbers.
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Six Tips for Reading Fiction Like a Pro
The purpose of these points is to get you engaged and invested in the stories. You will be entering into the stories instead of reading from the outside!
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Six Reading Tips for Success at School!
What is your motive? Ask yourself this question, and try to provide an answer. If you don’t know why you are reading something, your concentration will wane quickly. You could be reading for pleasure, for a better grade, to prepare a report, etc. If you want to gain more from your reading, do not answer this question with the following: “Because I have to.” When you must read a book, chapter, or article find another more productive reason for reading it – something that benefits you.
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Do You Want to Do Better This Year? Read This!
School has already started or is just around the corner for most students. Maybe not every student is jumping with joy, but here are some tips to help you make the best of your year or semester.
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Tips for Sentence Writing in Business
Sentences are the basic foundation of any writing, so getting them right is important. The primary goal is to write concise, crisp sentences that clearly convey your message. This is particularly true in business. Avoid any flowery or creative writing urges you have, and stick to the business at hand.  These tips will help you to get started. The sentences in red are weak and/or incorrect. Aim for the sentences in green. 
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New Online Course!  Short Story Reading
I am excited to announce that the Short Story Reading course is up and running on the Udemy platform. This course is primarily designed for personal development; however, there are some academic components as well. We will be looking at the basic short story structure as well as elements and literary devices that authors use such as irony, personification, similes, hyperbole, foreshadowing, prediction, imagery, and lots more.
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Summer Learning
What a perfect time to fall in love with learning – to make friends with your brain! Once you do, the benefits will roll in like waves on a beach. Do I hear screaming?
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