A Guide to Commonly-Confusing Punctuation: Part 2

A Guide to Commonly-Confusing Punctuation: Part 2

Do dashes depress you? Are you boggled by brackets? Never fear! Part one of this guide explored three of the most commonly-confusing punctuation marks, and clarified why and how they are used. Now it’s time to study up on the em dash, the en dash, the hyphen, and the bracket. Read on for part two of this guide to commonly-confusing punctuation: 1. Em dash The em dash is a long dash (—) that can be used to separate a thought from a sentence. Consider this example: “After spending two hours delivering papers—all 25 of them—he went home for lunch.” In this sentence, the em dash is used in place of parent ... Read More About A Guide to Commonly-Confusing Punctuation: Part 2

The Cornell University College Experience

The Cornell University College Experience

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences, as well. Steve earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell University in 2011. He currently tutors many subjects in New York City, including SAT prep, GRE prep, and Algebra. See what he had to say about his time at Cornell University: VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or rural is the campus? Did you feel safe on campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Steve: Cornell University’s campus is stunningly beautiful throughout the seasons. It is located near the Fi ... Read More About The Cornell University College Experience

A Student Review of Stanford University

A Student Review of Stanford University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Lindsey is a New York City tutor and 2011 graduate of Stanford University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Italian and tutors many subjects, including Literature, Public Speaking, Italian, and others. Check out her review of Stanford University: VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or rural is the campus? Did you feel safe on campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Lindsey: Stanford University’s campus is gorgeous! It is full of greenery year-round, a ... Read More About A Student Review of Stanford University

Popular Campus Jobs that Can Help You Explore College Majors

Popular Campus Jobs that Can Help You Explore College Majors

Enrolling in a diverse array of classes isn’t the only way to explore college majors. You can also join clubs and organizations, volunteer in your community, and take on a part-time job. Campus jobs are a great option for students because your supervisors inherently understand your scheduling needs. Work hours are generally reasonable, and you can get paid while learning certain skills. Here are five popular campus jobs that can help you explore college majors: 1. Teaching assistant Working as an undergraduate teaching assistant (or TA) is an excellent way to get to know what a specific field of study is like. As a TA, you’ll lik ... Read More About Popular Campus Jobs that Can Help You Explore College Majors

How to Create a Summer Reading Program for You and Your Child

How to Create a Summer Reading Program for You and Your Child

Summer vacation is a welcome break for many students, but it is equally as critical that this time away from school does not interfere with your child’s learning and skills development. One way to continue your student’s educational progress is to ensure that he or she reads over the summer. This can keep your child’s mind stimulated, as well as ease the transition back to school in the fall. Here are four things to consider when creating a summer reading program for you and your student: 1. Book selection Begin with a trip to the bookstore or the library so your child can pick several books that interest him or her. Your l ... Read More About How to Create a Summer Reading Program for You and Your Child