Mar 6, 2019

Ep2: The Importance of Reading

Episode 2

Does reading for fun give you an extra edge? TCE founder/president Rebecca M. Carroll and senior editor Paul Culp discuss the educational value of reading for pleasure.

Program Content

  • The fate of dual-enrollment programs
  • The decline in quantity and quality of reading among kids
  • Series fiction for kids
  • Poetry for pleasure and self-improvement
  • Reading as a must for TCE to do its job
  • Particular books we’ve enjoyed
  • The library as a place for family outings
  • The importance of reading books not written recently
  • Self-improvement by following even your “unimportant” interests
  • The need to step outside contemporary issues
  • Reading what the author read

Program Mentions

Remedial Nation: The Ghastly State of College Preparedness

The Bobbsey Twins

The Hardy Boys

Sharon Wildwind

The Bible

The Encyclopedia Britannica

Zora Neale Hurston

Hayden Carruth

Julie Andrews

A Confederacy of Dunces

Richard Nixon: A Life in Full


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Feb 20, 2019

Ep1: Getting Serious About a Light-Hearted Approach to the College Admissions Essay

Episode 1

TCE founder/president Rebecca M. Carroll and editor/project manager Paul Culp talk about the importance of polished writing and how The Coaching Educator helps college-bound students progress with their admissions and scholarship essays.

Program Content:

  • Rebecca and Paul introduce themselves.
  • Rebecca discusses the importance of teamwork and allowing team members to pursue their strengths.
  • How many essays are involved for college-bound students? What is the load like at this time of year?
  • Paul’s recent blog post for TCE, When Grammar Takes a Nap: The 10 Most Common College App Essay Boo-Boos, addresses some typical errors.
  • Teenagers are writing within the larger context of a “verbal holocaust” as the standard of expression plummets. Their problems reflect the shortcomings of adult “professionals.”
  • How is it possible to coach students on something so personal without hurting their feelings?
  • Humor is important in composition coaching.
  • If ACT or SAT results reveal a verbal deficiency, Rebecca’s favorite reference book can be very helpful.
  • The Coaching Educator will be producing new courses to accompany the College App Boot Camp now on offer.
  • There’s no advantage to be gained from weak writing, even with an uneducated audience.

Program Mentions:

When Grammar Takes a Nap: The 10 Most Common College App Essay Boo-Boos

The Coaching Educator’s College App Boot Camp

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

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