Monday, June 28, 2010

Master the Art of Essay Writing! Workshops begin July 12!

Does the thought of writing an essay give you anxiety? It doesn't have to; mastering this essential academic skill is easier and more fun than you think. If you're looking to get a head start on your high school writing requirements, or would just like to refine your techniques to master the 10 page essay in a night, this workshop is for you. In this workshop, you will get a chance to work through the formats and conventions of several different types of essays from expository to epistolary, as well as develop your skills using persuasive evidence and literary interpretation. You'll also master the nuts and bolts of the five-paragraph format, which you'll find useful when you take the SAT or write your college application essay. This course offers a plethora of writings from a diverse pantheon of writers to enable students to see all the fun they've been missing out on in their previous essay-writing. Particular emphasis will be placed on the expressive nature of language itself, while several stylistic conventions (from hyperbole to poetic invocation) will be taught and practiced by students as you critique one another's work.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Brush up on your writing skills while having fun!


Like to use your imagination? Like telling stories that crack-up your friends or leave a stranger gripped and wanting more? Like to read cool things? If so, then you'll be interested in writing fiction. Maybe you already write, or maybe you just want to try it out--either way this is the place for you. In my workshop you will learn the essential elements of writing fiction that will be the foundation you build upon whether you want to write serious literary fiction or fun genre fiction like sci-fi and fantasy. You will see that being a good writer begins with being a good reader. In addition to looking at the work of professional fiction writers for tips and tricks, we will be "workshopping" each other's stories. Workshopping is the core feature of any serious creative writing class and "to workshop" means that you will read your classmaters' stories carefully and thoughtfully and afterwards offer supportive feedback and constructive criticism. In return you will receive the same invaluable help from them. Everyone will have the chance to have a draft of his or her story workshopped by the class with the intention being that the feedback you receive will help you to write a stronger second draft. The completion of this revised draft of your story is the end project of the class. On the last day, we will compile everyone's stories to create an on-line literary journal.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Be Prepared for the SAT test!

HURRY! SAT workshops begin Monday June 21st!

Looking to improve your math score, but scared to death of geometry? Can't ever remember anything from those long, 'boring' critical reading passages? Hate writing, or feel that you have a limited vocabulary? This class will simplify all of that, making it easier for you.

What if I told you there is a proven strategy to master the SAT?

What if I told you that the 'intimidation' most people associate with the SAT can be overcome, and that, come test day, you will be brimming with confidence, certain that you will do well !

This class focuses on reorienting your mind toward the SAT by breaking down each section and showing the secrets to 'SAT thinking.' Students learn that the SAT has a pattern that can be learned, like many other standardized tests. We do a wealth of diverse sample problems to ensure each student's comfort with the patterns and expectations of the SAT. You'll know exactly what to expect, and exactly what the SAT wants from you. The result: extreme confidence, no more intimidation !

Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer Guitar Workshop

 Sign up now! Tutorpedia's summer guitar workshop starts on Monday June 21st

Everyone has their own song to sing, but few people actually do it. In the age of sampled production and Guitar Hero video games, fewer and fewer people have a good idea as to what it takes to actually make music. If you have a song that you and your guitar want to get out to the world, then this is the workshop for you! In this workshop, we will work on skills that will make you a better guitarist and songwriter. We will use the music of the Beatles (or other modern popular music) as a springboard to examine what makes a good song, certain aspects of music theory, how to play by ear, how to jam with ensembles, how to improvise, and more. We will work on putting original twists to well-known songs, selecting songs to work on in duets, and eventually you will be writing and recording your own songs that you can post to the Internet for the world to hear! This workshop is intended for beginners, but all styles and ability levels are welcome. You will need to supply your own guitar. The workshop will be for acoustic instruments only.