Introduction Greek letter societies, also known as Greek-letter organizations or simply Greek organizations, have a long and rich history that dates back to the late 18th century. These societies, often found in colleges and universities, play a significant role in shaping campus life, fostering brotherhood or sisterhood among members, and contributing to various philanthropic activities. … Read more


Introduction As we continue to explore the vast expanse of the universe, the question of whether human life can exist beyond Earth becomes increasingly intriguing. While our home planet remains the ideal habitat for us, scientists and astronomers have identified several celestial bodies with potential habitable conditions.   In this article, we will delve into … Read more


Looking for the best kitchen utensils? Check out this list of the top 10 kitchen utensils you can find on Amazon. From versatile spatulas to handy measuring cups, these utensils will make your cooking experience a breeze.   Introduction Cooking is an art, and the right utensils are the tools that help you create a … Read more

How to Build on a Child’s Natural Interests

How to increase the educational value of your child's home life.

This weekend, I perused a review copy of Suddenly Homeschooling: A Quick-Start Guide to Legally Homeschool in 2 Weeks, by Marie-Claire Moreau, Ed.D.  This guide provides a 14-day plan for parents who need to prepare to homeschool very quickly–intended for a child who had to leave school unexpectedly, for example due to health, social, academic, or emotional reasons. … Read more

How to Observe and Adapt, Inspired by Reggio Emilia

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I recently attended the open house of a DC-area playgroup based on the Reggio Emilia method, an educational approach for young children that developed in Italy after World War II. At the open house, the playgroup’s founder emphasized the importance of a child’s “third teacher,” his or her environment.  (The first and second teachers are parents … Read more

Don’t Google Too Soon

Don't Google Too Soon

In How to Tutor Your Own Child, I discuss the role that the Internet plays in students’ intellectual development.  Though search engines may be an effective tool, I’m concerned about how the Web makes us so quick to Google for answers.  Think about the process of discovery that’s lost in Googling. Here’s a non-academic example: Can you … Read more

How to Turn Twilight into Dracula

I posted the following question on the How to Tutor Your Own Child Facebook yesterday: If your child’s friends like poorly written but popular books (e.g., Twilight), is it better to (A) convince your child to avoid these books in favor of better literature, even if no one else he or she knows has read these books OR … Read more

College Application Tips from an Admissions Expert

College Application Tips

This Saturday, I had the pleasure of speaking as part of the Center for Student Opportunity‘s bookfair at the Barnes & Noble in Bethesda, Maryland.  Yes, we were in front of the cookbooks, but we were actually talking about preparing for college. The event’s main speaker was Doris Davis, an educational consultant who formerly worked as part … Read more

Crafting a Thesis Statement

Crafting a Thesis Statement

Most traditional essays include a thesis statement, which is where a writer states the paper’s central point.  Though there are exceptions, basic thesis statements are generally one sentence long and located at the beginning or end of the paper’s introductory paragraph. A strong thesis statement… …makes an argument.  Ask yourself: Can I support my argument with evidence–as … Read more

The Difference Between Homeschooling and Unschooling

Homeschooling and Unschooling

Until recently, I only had a hazy understanding of the difference between homeschooling and unschooling.  For clarification, I read Unschooling 101: Top 10 Questions About Learning Without School, by Sara McGrath. Here’s my current understanding: When we talk about homeschoolers, we’re talking about the broad category of students who learn outside of the full-time American school system. … Read more