44 English Tutorials

These English tutorials are written by experienced educators, all of whom also offer private tutoring lessons. Get the English help you need, whether through these tutorials or through private tutoring lessons.

Reducing Redundancy

One of the most important lessons a writer can learn is how to write simply and clearly. This sounds…well simple, but it is one of the hardest parts of writing. Mark Twain once said, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” It is difficult to say a lot with a…

Italics vs Quotes

When it comes to titles of things, when do you use italics, underlines, and quotes? Here’s a quick way to remember.

Understand Your Audience

Communication is a two-way exercise. Without knowing something about your readers you’ll rarely get your ideas across. What are their goals and priorities? What pressures do they face? What motivates them? The most important things to realize about all readers – especially in business – are: • They are busy • They don’t necessarily feel…

Poetry…no rhyme or reason.

Roses are red, violets are blue. Sugar is sweet and so are you. Now THAT’S a poem! It rhymes and gets right to the point. All poetry should be like that, right? Well, I have a feeling that many of the greatest poets would disagree, vehemently. But there are many that begin their journey with…

How to effectively skim a textbook

Most courses have a main text that is used for lectures and class tasks. Many students find textbook reading time-consuming and unwieldy. This brief tutorial will help you to use the text’s layout to identify key ideas.

The “to be” Verb in College Writing

There are several ways to write a college essay. One thing professors look for is how does your essay sound? How does it flow? Does it feel good, or is it unnatural? One way to help the flow of your paper is by eliminating as many unnecessary “to be” verbs as you can. It sounds…

A Recital Of Tales

The ancient civilization of Egypt believed that the pharaoh’s body could be preserved after death, allowing the pharaoh to live for an indefinite period of time. The tomb of the pharaoh was situated in a labyrinth underneath a massive stone structure that pierced the sky in order to mark the journey into the afterlife. This…

How does our past impact our present day lives?

A question that gets asked a lot but is rarely ever answered correctly. Many students ask me why they have to learn history. I reply that every aspect of their lives has been determined by past events and people. After that answer I get “how.”

Grammar errors

Here is a list of a few sentences that contain grammatical errors.

They’re, Their, or There???

Often times, it can be difficult to know which form of the word is appropriate in a given context. This demonstration will hopefully help to eliminate some of the confusion.