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Episode 73, Five Grammar Tips Every Student Should Know

On this episode of The Prepped & Polished podcast, Alexis Avila lists five grammar tips every student should know.

  1. Always use active voice
  2. Wordiness
  3. Serial comma vs. Semicolon
  4. Apostrophes
  5. Quotation Mark Placement


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June 24th, 2015
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Five Grammar Tips Every Student Should Know Infographic

Good grammar is an essential skill for every successful student, but the number of grammar rules to remember can be dizzying. Here are five essentials to help you up your grammar-game, especially when it comes to writing.

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June 15th, 2015
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Five Grammar Tips Every Student Should Know

Five Grammar Tips

Good grammar is an essential skill for every successful student, but the number of grammar rules to remember can be dizzying. Here are five essentials to help you up your grammar-game, especially when it comes to writing.

  1. Always use active voice.
    In the active voice, subjects of a sentence perform the action expressed in the verb. In the passive voice, this is reversed, and the subject is acted upon. Using the active voice makes your meaning clearer to readers, and helps you omit another grammar faux-pas…
  2. Wordiness
    It’s easy to get caught up in writing and include more words than you actually need. Never use two words where one will suffice, and strive to omit unnecessary details, adjectives, and adverbs.
  3. Serial Comma vs. Semicolon
    Never forget to pay attention to your punctuation! When it comes to lists, serial commas are used for three or more items. A semicolon is reserved for joining together two related ideas.
  4. Apo’strophes’
    Apostrophes are only used to show possession or missing letters in the midst of contractions. For example, in “it’s”, the apostrophe stands in for the dropped <i> of “It is”.  Alternately, in “Mary’s  book” the apostrophe is used to show that the book belongs to Mary. Apostrophes are only used with in plural words in the case of plural possessions, such as the “the students’ books”. They definitely don’t belong in the middle of a sentence!
  5. Quotation Mark Placement
    Make no mistake, periods and commas always go inside a pair of quotation marks! However, a dash, semicolon, exclamation mark, or question mark goes outside the quotation marks if the quotation marks do not encompass the entire sentence.

With these tips on your side, your grammar will improve by leaps and bounds!

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June 2nd, 2015
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There/Their/They’re? How to Avoid a Common Grammar Mix-Up Infographic

If there’s one grammatical error that tends to trip people up again and again, it’s when to use there, their, or they’re. Here’s a helpful, colorful, and fun visual infographic to help you remember when to use which word.

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March 24th, 2015
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Episode 52 : Dr. Bonnie Singer, Teaching Students to Overcome Challenges with Their Writing

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On episode 52 of The Prepped & Polished Podcast Alexis talks to Dr. Bonnie Singer. Bonnie is founder and CEO of Architects For Learning, which provides educational intervention and assessment services to underperforming students in grades K-12 as well as teacher education in instructional methods for teaching literacy nation-wide. She is co-developer of EmPOWER, a method for teaching expository writing, and Brain Frames, graphics for supporting language, learning, and literacy. Bonnie is author of numerous publications on methods for assessing and teaching writing, reading, listening, speaking, executive functions, self-regulation of learning, higher-level thinking, and critical literacy skills. On today’s episode, Bonnie talks about challenges students face with writing, and why writing is hard for so many people, why kids struggle with it, why teachers struggle to teach it, and how it relates to reading.

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March 19th, 2015
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Don’t Confuse These 3 Punctuation Rules on the ACT English Section

ACT Writing Instructor Terri of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you three punctuation rules that you need to know on the ACT English section. You will learn how to properly use the comma, apostrophe, and semicolon.

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About Prepped & Polished:

Prepped & Polished, LLC is a premier educational services company founded by educators in 1999. Our mission is to provide you with the highest-quality customized learning experience available. We will help you achieve top grades, higher test scores, and meet your academic and professional-related goals. Whether you are looking for in-person or online Tutoring and Test Preparation, we are here to help you succeed. Our caring, dynamic educators graduated from some of the most elite schools in the nation, including University of Michigan, Harvard, Brown, and MIT. They are ready to provide you with the strategies, tools and guidance necessary to ensure academic and professional success. Prepped & Polished proudly serves Boston and its surrounding areas including: Weston, Wellesley, Wayland, Sudbury, Dover, Needham, Belmont, Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Newton, Brookline, Sherborn, Carlisle, Boston

April 8th, 2014
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Mastering the SAT Essay in 25 Minutes: The Bode Miller Approach

SAT Writing Instructor Terri of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you how to approach the SAT essay. Similar to the way Bode Miller approaches an Olympic skiing event, Terri shares Gold Medal advice on how to pace yourself wisely during this section.

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About Prepped & Polished:

Prepped & Polished, LLC is a premier educational services company founded by educators in 1999. Our mission is to provide you with the highest-quality customized learning experience available. We will help you achieve top grades, higher test scores, and meet your academic and professional-related goals. Whether you are looking for in-person or online Tutoring and Test Preparation, we are here to help you succeed. Our caring, dynamic educators graduated from some of the most elite schools in the nation, including University of Michigan, Harvard, Brown, and MIT. They are ready to provide you with the strategies, tools and guidance necessary to ensure academic and professional success. Prepped & Polished proudly serves Boston and its surrounding areas including: Weston, Wellesley, Wayland, Sudbury, Dover, Needham, Belmont, Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Newton, Brookline, Sherborn, Carlisle, Boston

February 4th, 2014
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Cathy N. (Natick, MA)

“We are so grateful that we found Prepped and Polished online tutoring services, and that Alexis set us up with our ISEE and Writing tutor, Terri! Terri, you have been such a huge help for our daughter—both in her confidence level and her academics!!! We can’t thank you enough!!!”

December 13th, 2013
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Jane B. (Natick, MA)

“Last year our son had received B- grades on his essays and I knew he could do better. His teachers didn’t seem to help. After P&P, our son received an A three or four times for the remainder of the year in essays for English and History classes. I believe the sessions also improved his writing for his Finals!”

November 13th, 2013
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Beth M. (Holliston, MA)

“Amy has been a tremendous asset in improving Ben’s writing and organization of his thoughts. I wish I had thought of having a tutor for him a few years ago. Regarding the SAT prep Amy did with Nick and Ben, a lot was covered during the 6 or so weeks that she worked with the boys and again, great results. Amy had a great connection with both boys and got to know each of their learning styles very quickly. She is laser focused when she is here and keeps the lesson moving. Both Nick and Ben enjoyed working with her and felt they gained a lot from her tutoring. Thank you again for everything and your flexibility with the SAT prep scheduling.”

November 4th, 2013
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