What Are You Going to Do Winter Break?

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO

I’d thought that I should contribute/write the last couple of blog posts of 2017. It’s been an exciting and yet another progressive year for All 4 One Tutoring. I will write about that in our last post of 2017 next week.

Right now, a lot of students (whether college or school-aged) are on winter break. Parents, I’m sure that you have some wonderful activities planned for your child(ren). 🙂 College students, I’m certain that you’re excited about starting the next semester on your journey of earning your college degree in addition to getting a little rest after taking finals. 😌 I’d like to give you some ideas and things you can do over the winter break that will be fun but still incorporate learning.

Well, I think that one of the most important things you can do over the winter break is visit your local public library.

Yes, you can read books there and check audios, books, and DVDs out. However, most public libraries have scheduled engaging activities each month. Some libraries have activities for specific age groups.

I know it’s the holiday season and the malls and stores will have GREAT after Christmas sales. However, use your mall and store trips as a real-life learning experience. Parents of school-aged children, you can create math/story problems in your shopping experience. College students you can create/do something as well. Here are a few examples:

1. Macy’s has a Ralph Lauren shirt on sale for $19.99. You look at the price tag and the shirt was originally $49.99. What is the percent of decrease in the cost of the shirt? (This problem is typically geared toward middle-schoolers.)

2. Macy’s has a Ralph Lauren shirt on sale for $19.99. You look at the price tag and the shirt was originally $49.99. How much money will you save? (This problem is typically geared toward elementary students.)

3. Macy’s is one of your favorite stores, and you want to know why customers buy the things they do. You can research shopping behaviors and understand how products are priced. (This is typically geared toward college students who are majoring in business administration, marketing, fashion merchandising.)

Now, you’ve received all of these nice things for Christmas, and you have to make room for them. You may be getting ready to bring in the new year and want to clean your closet and drawers out. Winter break may be the perfect time to do so. While you’re cleaning out your closets and drawers, think about donating your unwanted items to a charity.

Usually around the holidays and winter break, I see a lot of people at the movie theater. Well why not use this activity as a learning experience? Parents of school-aged children, you can have your child(ren) discuss/write about the setting, the plot, the characters, and what he/she enjoyed the most about the movie.

I know a lot of you have, will receive, or give video game consoles for Christmas. Yes, some of the games are educational and engaging (e.g. Minecraft). However, why not spark some interest in creating your own video game and/or app? This would be an awesome thing to start to think about and begin the planning stages on winter break.

I hope that I’ve really sparked your interest in doing some, if not all, of these activities. You can even take the ideas I’ve given you and cater them to your liking.

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Summer and Job Postings 

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by Staffer 

The summertime is here!! School has ended for most students. However, just because school has ended doesn’t mean that learning ends. All 4 One Tutoring LLC will have summer tutoring. 

For school-aged children, we will align sessions to entering grade Common Core State Standards. We have two research-based curriculums that we will use for sessions. Having learning/tutoring sessions will avoid Summer Slide

All 4 One Tutoring LLC will also have sessions for adults. Whether you want to learn a language, prepare for the accuplacer, or even the GED exam, we have you covered! 

Job Postings 

Company Trainer 

We’re seeking a contractual company trainer or trainers who will be responsible for training incoming employees and contractors and conducting trainings throughout the year. We’re seeking someone who will be able to do trainings in Maryland (mainly Baltimore City and County) and someone who will be able to do remote (online) trainings. If you’re able to do both, please state that in your cover letter. If interested, please send us your cover letter and resume to hr@all4onetutoring.com. 


Marketing Intern 

We’re in need of a marketing intern. This internship can be remote or face-to-face. This internship will start unpaid and will become paid after 30 days. Visit our webpage for more details. 


  

Should Schools Teach Cursive Handwriting?

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by Charice Wofford CEO

I personally think that cursive should be taught in schools, but some schools have eliminated it from their curriculums. One reason I think that schools should teach cursive is for signatures. Now I know that we are in a tech savvy world in which you can use cursive fonts, but there will come a time in which you will have to sign on the dotted line. Being a professor, I have been guilty of strictly writing in manuscript on the boards, but I sometimes switch it up between cursive and manuscript. I have a three year old son, you better believe that he will know how to write in cursive. What are your thoughts?

Here is a good article from Concordia University Online . It gives 5 interesting reasons why cursive should be taught in schools.

http://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/curriculum-instruction/5-reasons-cursive-writing-should-be-taught-in-school/

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50 Plain-Language Substitutions for Wordy Phrases

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By Mark Nichol

dailywritingtips.com

The following phrases need not be summarily replaced by more concise alternatives, but consider making the switch, especially when you find yourself using various wordy phrases frequently in the same text.

1. a number of: some, many
2. afford an opportunity: allow, let
3. an appreciable number of: many
4. as a means of: to
5. as prescribed by: in, under
6. at the present time: now
7. by means of: by, with
8. comply with: follow
9. due to the fact that: because, due to, since
10. during the period of: during
11. for a period of: for
12. has a requirement for: needs, requires
13. have an adverse effect on: hurt, set back
14. in a timely manner: on time, promptly
15. in accordance with: by, following, per, under
16. in addition: also, besides, too
17. in an effort to: to
18. in close proximity: near
19. in lieu of: instead of
20. in order for: for
21. in order that: so
22. in order to: to
23. in regard to: about, concerning, on
24. in relation to: about, to, with
25. in the amount of: amounting to, for
26. in the event of: if
27. in the near future: shortly, soon
28. in the process of: (omit without replacement)
29. in view of: because, since
30. is applicable to: applies to
31. is authorized to: can, may
32. is in consonance with: agrees with follows
33. is responsible for: handles
34. it is essential that [one]: [one] must
35. it is incumbent upon [one] to: [one] should, [one] must
36. it is requested that you: please
37. pertaining to: about, of, on
38. provide(s) guidance for/to: guides
39. relative to: about, on
40. set forth in: in
41. similar to: like
42. successfully accomplish/complete: accomplish/complete
43. take action to: (omit without replacement)
44. the month (or year) of: (omit without replacement)
45. the use of: (omit without replacement)
46. time period: period, time
47. under the provisions of: under
48. until such time as: until
49. with reference to: about
50. with the exception of: except

Run-On Sentence

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By Charice Wofford CEO

A run-on sentence is a common error in writing. First of all, a run-on sentence is two or more independent clauses that run together without proper punctuation.

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Example:

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To correct a run-on sentence, you can make the independent clauses that are running together separate sentences. Make sure you have punctuation. You can also use a comma (,) with a conjunction. The most commonly used conjunctions are and, but, so, or, and yet. Lastly, you can use a semi-colon to correct a run-on sentence. Using these three methods will help you eliminate run-sentences and become a better writer.

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Essay Writing

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Essay writing is apart of every schooled person’s life. Here are some fundamental tips when writing an essay:

1. Outline your essay

Outlining an essay is the most important part of essay development. Decide what suits you best when outlining an essay. Some people use a list to outline their essays, and others use an idea map. This will help you structure your essay.

2. Paragraph development

Make sure you understand what paragraph development means. All paragraphs have a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence.

3. Write the Introduction

It is important to introduce your topic in the very first paragraph of your essay. Make sure you have three subtopics to support your main topic.

4. Body

The body of an essay elaborates on the three subtopics stated in the the introduction. The body of an essay is usually three paragraphs.

5. Conclusion

The conclusion will summarize everything you’ve already mentioned, from the introduction through to the end of your body. It should not be too long. You’ll be restating your topic and attempting to wrap everything up with a few compelling points.

6. Always proof-read

Here you will be reading over the work and analyzing it as closely as possible.

If you want more tips on writing an essay, feel free to comment or contact us at info@all4onetutoring.com.

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