What do you make time for in your day to day life? Work, devotions, music, God, family, education? Generally, we make time for the things that we value.
One of our highest priorities is to make time for learning. Many subjects vie for the time that is available. History, Science and Art are the easy favorites in our house, so we have to purpose to make time for the less desirable, Mathematics and Writing. Time always seems to be in short supply. I still teach my children how to look up a word in the dictionary, but I appreciate the ability to type that same word into a browser and have a definition in just seconds. I appreciate crock-pot cooking, as opposed to standing over a stove, but I’m not fond of the microwave, even though it’s quick. I appreciate time-saving choices.
One of my choices is Time4Writing. I think this is probably marketed as “Now is the Time 4 Writing,” but to me it is, “Helping you Make Time 4 Writing.” Time4Writing provides 8-week, online writing courses with certified teachers. Courses are available for Elementary, Middle School and High School/College Prep students, covering the basics through advanced essay writing, SAT essay writing and writing research papers. Each course costs $99.
Using the placement chart available on the website, I chose to enroll my daughter in the High School Grammar, Usage and Mechanics course. I wanted to make sure there were no gaps in her writing foundation. If we had determined that this was not the right course for her, for any reason, I could have changed courses or even had my money refunded within the first 2 weeks. Time4Writing offers a 100% guarantee! She begins her seventh week, today, and says, “This course has definitely been beneficial to me. I already knew a lot of the material that was presented, but I was able to identify my weak areas and discover what I still needed to learn. Presently, I have a 96.86% for the course, but I have several classes to complete and I’m hoping to raise my final grade. The teacher’s comments were encouraging and kept me on track. Now, I have the confidence to conquer essay writing.”
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High School Grammar, Usage and Mechanics covers:
- Parts of Speech
- Complex Sentences
- Subject-Verb Agreement
- Plural & Possessive Nouns
- Pronouns, Adjectives and Adverbs
- Confusing Words & Capitalization Errors
- Commas, Semicolons, and Other Punctuation
- and Proofreading
Each course is student paced. The student signs into the lesson and completes the assignments given. These are not video lessons. They are written and read by the student, reinforced by writing assignments and multiple-choice quizzes. Tests are marked and comments written by the teacher, with the opportunity to correct and improve the grade. I think this keeps the focus on learning and retaining the material, not on the grades obtained. The parent is sent reports of every correspondence between the teacher and the student, and detailed reports of the assignments completed and test scores earned are available.
This system worked especially well for both of us. I read reports and watched progress, but otherwise my time was not used for this course. My daughter broke her ankle at the beginning of the course. The pain and the medication she needed put her behind on her classes, but once she was feeling better she was able to make up the time. She would work on lessons in the morning and then do an extra one in the evening. Her teacher was attentive and helpful, even offering to extend her course time by a week, if it became necessary. Although, the courses are a little costly to our homeschool budget, and I do wish they had a greater than 5% multiple users discount, the benefit of time gained was worth the price to me. I hope to enroll her in the SAT essay writing course, soon.
There are numerous Free Writing Resources at Time4Writing.com. I hope you’ll use the links I’ve provided throughout this post to gather more information and utilize the resources available. You can also read the various reviews written by my Crew mates, when you click the banner below.
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