Archive by author: Ron JohnsonReturn

I am an Honours Graduate (with distinction) of the University of Guelph with major areas of study being English & Psychology.

Other Credentials and Related Achievements:
  • Certificate - Teachers Teaching Online MOOC
  • Past treasurer of G.R.A.C.E. (Guelph Regional Association for Continuing Education)
  • Developed and delivered EFL (ESL) program for scientists and technicians at Agri-Food/ Agriculture Canada
  • Tutor since 1996 - individualized programs for students with a wide variety of needs
  • Experienced in working with A+ students as well as those who have been identified
         (ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Aspergers, Autism, Down's Syndrome, etc.)
Figurative Language Review
Let’s have a look at a few types of figurative language. You are probably aware that figurative language is used in poetry and fiction stories; however, figurative language creeps into news items, magazine stories, and even academic papers, too! (Note the previous sentence uses personification.)
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Two Simple Rules for Multiplying & Dividing Integers
When you see the words algebra, integers, or signed numbers, don’t panic. Mathematics is a wonderful subject that rewards you every time you use the rules. When you follow the steps accurately, you always arrive at the correct answer. So, don’t be afraid of algebra
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Creative Writing – How to Get Started
Here are some basic needs to begin your creative writing journey or to simply write a one-time creative story. This blog focuses on writing stories or novels. For most creative writing, you will want characters, setting, and plot.
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Improve Your Flow with Transitions
Coherence is one of the most important components of your writing. I would argue that it is of primary importance. If the reader cannot decipher your meaning, the article, essay, book report, or blog is weakened. One way that you can help your reader is to use transitions. Transitions are words or phrases that signal a connection between one idea and the next. These connections guide the reader from sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph. You can think of these words as the connect...
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Solving Algebraic Equations – Think Opposite!
When solving basic algebraic equations, always think “Do the opposite.”This means that you will be doing the opposite or inverse operation in order to move numbers across the equals sign.  Let’s have a look at a few examples. I have tried to show each step separately. As you become more proficient, several steps can be combined, but I wanted you to have as clear a picture as possible.To solve an algebraic equation, you need to find the value of the variable. The variable i...
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The Perfect Essay?
From time to time, a student e-mails me and asks how to write the perfect essay. Just as I said some time ago for the perfect sentence, there is no such thing.Still, the meaning is clear. Students want to write the best essay they can. It might be better to aim for outstanding. That’s what you want, an essay that rises above other students’ work. Let’s try to make your essay rise to the top of the class.Here are a few pointers to writing an outstanding essay. In general, they a...
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Is Math A Problem?
Do you have trouble with math?A lot of people do. For twenty-five years, I have had many students convince themselves that math is scary and to be avoided at almost all costs.This is not entirely their fault because many parents and even some teachers are traumatized by math – even the thought of math gives them the chills. In other cases, people have just given up on math altogether, pretending it doesn’t exist.Here is the good news. Math is not a monster, ghost, or boogeyman hiding...
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Ways to Vary Your Sentences!
If you have read my blog or watched my videos, you will have heard me talk about variety being the spice of life before. Variety can make the difference between a good article and an excellent article. Using variety in your sentences will increase the reader’s interest, aid in comprehension, improve the flow of your ideas, and so on. How do you vary your sentences?Sentences by Structure and PurposeTry to use different sentences by structure: simple, compound, compound-complex, and com...
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Tips & Strategies for Revising
Revising is more than checking to see if your work has any technical “mistakes.” Revising includes looking over the written work as a whole.Of course, you want to proofread and edit your work. Computers or online programs can offer a lot of help in this regard; however, these have their limitations, and the overall quality of your finished product requires a human mind.The subject and the purpose of your work will dictate the choices you’ll want to make during revision. For thi...
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Metaphors and Similes
The metaphor and simile are types of figurative language. There are many types of figurative language such as alliteration, personification, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, etc. Using figurative language makes your writing more lively and descriptive. Although used more in creative writing or fiction works, they are also suitable for academic writing when used appropriately.What is the difference between a metaphor and a simile? Admittedly, they are easy to confuse because they both make comparisons be...
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