121 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.

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Write

No matter your discipline, no matter the school, college students do a lot of writing. Your English 101 instructors will be throwing writing assignments at you as soon as you walk through the door to see what you’re made of, and even your other instructors want to hear what you have to say. But what…

Word Origins Part A

The English language spoken today developed over thousands of years. Some important early influences on modern English are described below. – Old English: Many simple one-syllable English words are derived from this Germanic language, originally spoken by peoples who invaded Britain in the fifth century C.E. Examples: arm, be, cow, earth, farther, hate, house, love,…

Five Things Every Grammarian Knows by Heart (part one)

Unlike most languages, which have relatively respectable grammars, English does not. English is a mutt. With its Germanic origins and Latin and Greek influences, English is not, by any means, grammatically harmonious. English doesn’t follow a single set of grammatical patterns. And a rule with exceptions is not really a rule. It is, however, an…

Execution of your fictional story (part 2 of writing a fictional story)

In part one of this series I addressed the issue of creating your fictional story and how to do prewriting and brainstorming, a part of writing which I find to be both the hardest and the most dull. However if you have reached this point then you are on to the fun part of your…

How to create an engaging fictional story

Now I have gone through multiple classes in which I was tasked with creating a fictional story from scratch or based on a writing prompt. In these situations it can be daunting to come up with an idea you find will be engaging to you and to the teacher but in this easy to follow…

Your, You’re and There, They’re and Their

When it comes to the English language, many can become confused when trying to determine which form of words that they should be using. The words: Your, You’re and the words There, They’re and Their all sound the same, so why does it matter which spelling you use when writing down your ideas? The answer:…

Being creative yet concise

When writing creative pieces, it is easy to get wrapped up in the beauty of words. Teachers and professors often encourage students to add descriptions, created imagery that captures readers’ attention, and practice such techniques as simile and metaphor to create sentences that evoke feeling and emotion. However, all of these techniques can quickly turn…

Jalapeno Bagels

This lesson meets several grade level standards. Students will: Learn that every story has a main idea and supporting details. Find the main idea and several supporting details in a news story.

English Paper 101

The dreaded English paper and you’re waiting till the last minute. I always did. The one thing you lack in doing that is the ability to double check your work. Double checking your work will catch most of these initial errors in writing. Sometimes it could be as simple as punctuation or spelling and others…

Speed reading

Often times in life a person must consume a vast amount of information in a short amount of time. So how does an individual make the most of their time when faced with such situations? The answer is speed reading. So what or how does one speed read?

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