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Portal Tutoring Offers Curriculum to Help Teens and Adults Write More Effectively

Ever get bad grades in English class for your writing? Ever had a college professor ask you where on earth you learned to write? Do you have to know how to write a business letter in order to pass a state test for competency in education? Ever had to write a report or evaluation of a student or a co-worker and been at a loss to know how to organize your material? Have you ever received a poor evaluation at work because your writing skills were not up to par? Have you ever lost a sale because the ad you wrote was so bad that nobody wanted to buy your product? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Portal Tutoring has the answer you're seeking. Portal Tutoring is pleased and proud to offer a brand new curriculum for teaching students to write well. It consists of two parts, a series of pamphlets on writing specific small documents, and an independent study course which includes a textbook written by Ann K. Parsons and voice classes to accompany this book. our Writing Small Documents pamphlets, and our Writing For Today our textbook and voice classes combination which forms an independent study module. We are sure that one of these two curricula can help you to write more effectively.

But there are thousands of textbooks and pamphlets on writing, what makes Portal Tutoring's offerings unique? Most text books on writing concentrate on the techniques of writing: grammar, spelling, formatting etc. Portal Tutoring's curricula concentrate on the thought process behind writing. After all, one must think about what one is going to write, even if for only a millisecond. Our pamphlets and Independent study class teach you to organize that thought process so that when you get ready to put pen to paper or hand to keyboard, you can produce a clear, concise, and well organized document.




Writing Small Documents

Most people who write documents write small things, letters, reports, notes, email, evaluations, essays and advertisements. These are everyday, down-to-earth documents. You probably write one of the list above at least once a week. Those of us who write longer documents like research papers, novels, plays and short stories write these small documents too, and what is most interesting is that large documents like research papers or novels are written in the same way that a small document is except that it is longer. A novel is a story told in many chapters. Each of those chapters is broken into paragraphs which are broken into sentences which are broken into words. If you write a two paragraph note to a friend explaining what happened to you last Saturday afternoon, you use the same thinking skills you would in order to write an historical novel about the Civil War. If you write a five paragraph essay about why you like elephants, you use those same skills when writing a fifty-page research paper about elephant training in Northern India.

That is why Ann Parsons and Portal Tutoring decided to create the Writing Small Documents Series of pamphlets. They are designed to help you write a small document. By using what you have learned from reading these pamphlets, you can, if you wish, move on to writing large documents, or, you can simply use these pamphlets as reference when you want to write an everyday small document.

These pamphlets are for sale. They are available in several formats: Microsoft Word files, Braille Files and computer voiced voice. All these formats are available for $3.00 each a complete set costs $27.00. Hard copy braille costs $5.00 each and a complete set can be purchased for $45.00. You can make your purchase by choosing the buttons after each product listing. As mentioned on the previous page, you need not use the Paypal buttons. Contact Portal Tutoring by using the email link in the blue navigation bar or by telephone, listed in the Contact link there.<

You will want to return to this page often, because we are constantly adding new material that may be exactly what you are looking for in your next tutorial.

Writing Small Documents #1 - The Advertisement
Because we believe that you need to see what you're buying before you buy, we've decided to make this pamphlet free to you. Download this pamphlet and save it. You're going to need it if you start selling items on The Internet. Ever lost a sale because your ad didn't have the right information in it? Ever have an item sent back to you because you didn't tell exactly what it was and the buyer didn't want your item? Ever have somebody laugh at you because your ad was so badly written it didn't even make sense? Well then, learn how to write an advertisement that is short, well organized and appealing to your buyers.

Thank you for downloading this bit of information. If you found it helpful, then, purchase more of our Writing Small Documents pamphlets and get the same satisfaction!

To view this pamphlet online, access the link below.

Below please fine a link for downloading a zip file containing the Word version, the electronic Braille version and the computer generated voice file. Hard Copy braille will be provided as a free addition if any other hard copy braille files are ordered.

Writing #2 - The Business Letter
Do you need to learn to write a business letter to graduate from high school? Do you have trouble writing the occasional business letter in your life? Do you ask other people to write business letters for you because you don't have the confidence to do it yourself? If the answers to any of these questions is yes, then this pamphlet is for you.

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Writing #3 - Letter Of Complaint
How many times have you had a vix-up with a bill? How many times have you gone to a restaurant and received bad service or badly cooked food? How many times has your garage over charged you for repairing your car, only to have it break down in less than a week? If the answers to any of these questions is more than once, then you are in the habit of writing letters of complaint. How would you like your letters to look more professional, as if you really knew what you were saying? Well, download the following pamphlet and banish all your worries on this score. Learn to write clear, concise, professional letters of complaint. Purchase this pamphlet and place it on the top of the stack of books and manuals you've got on that shelf.

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Writing #4 - Letter Of Advocacy
Letters of complaint are good, but if you want to make permanent changes in a system, or if you want to speak for others when you write a letter to an organization, business or agency, then learn how to write a Letter Of Advocacy. This pamphlet tells you how to distinguish between a Letter Of Complaint and a Letter of Advocacy. Learn how to write a professional document that will really spark change.

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Writing #5 - Personal Correspondence
Personal correspondence is not quite dead yet. People still send personal correspondence through the post. Much of our personal correspondence has been shifted over to email, but there are some occasions when writing a hard copy note is the proper thing to do. This little pamphlet covers those occasions, and it teaches you how to write personal correspondence that is clear, concise and warm. Purchase this pamphlet and never worry again about what to say in a Thank-You note or a note of sympathy.

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Writing #6 - Email
This pamphlet has been modified from the Mini Blinds, Email Dos and Don'ts to fit this curricula. Most of the data is the same. If you want some tips on how to write email, then this pamphlet is for you.

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Writing #7 - Writing An Essay
Are you getting C's and D's on your papers in English class? Are your teachers exasperated with your writing and telling you you've got to learn to write an essay before you leave high school? Are you having trouble understanding what your teachers want from you? Then this simple pamphlet is what you want. It concentrates on how to write a five paragraph essay. Once you can write this kind of essay, you can expand your know-how to other types of prose writing. The emphasis of this pamphlet is on the thought process that must happen before you set pen to paper or hand to keyboard.

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Writing #8 - Homonyms
Oooo, a Homonym Hop Toad! Oooo, my whole document is ruined! Why didn't I catch that before I sent it out? Here is a pamphlet made for you if you've ever been in that situation. Spell checkers will not catch Homonym Hop Toads. They're sneaky, and you have to know what you're doing in order to catch them. This pamphlet lists the most common pesky ones. Keep this pamphlet on hand, and never be caught by a Homonym Hop Toad again.

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Writing #9 - Writing An Evaluation
Do you have to write an evaluation of a co-worker, a student, a staff person you supervise? Are you worried about how your writing style will communicate what you want to say? You know how important this evaluation is, but you're not sure that you can write a professional evaluation? If the answers to these questions are yes, then this pamphlet is the one you need. Purchase this pamphlet and never worry again about writing a professional evaluation.

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Writing #10 - Writing an Assessment
Are you an Adaptive Technology Trainer? Do you have to write assessments of children or adults which determine if they should receive computer equipment? Do you want to make these assessments appear cogent, organized, clear and professional? Then this pamphlet is for you. Even though your agency or organization has its own format and forms to fill out, the information you set down and the conclusions you draw from that information are the same, no matter what format you use. Keep this pamphlet on hand, refer to it when you start writing up your next assessment, and you will notice an improvement in your writing style and in the clarity of the information you present.

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Writing #11 - complete Set
Why not purchase the whole set of pamphlets and have all of them at your fingertips? Get the full benefit of having all ten pamphlets at a reduced price. Etext, e-braille and e-voice copies are $27.00. Hard copy braille is $45.00.

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Writing Textbook

Writing For Today
This is Portal Tutoring's textbook on writing. It contains three parts:

  • The thought process
  • the techniques of writing
  • howtos on writing small documents

Each chapter has exercises after it which will help you to practice your writing skills.

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We are currently unable to offer hard copy braille of this book. This may be possible in future. Contact us for mailed Braille


Independent Study Course

Writing Independent Study Class CD
If quick reference is not what you're looking for, and if you want a complete independent study course, then this CD is for you. The CD contains:

  • Etext, e-braille and e-voice copies of the text book, Writing For Today by Ann K. Parsons
  • Fifteen classes in mp3 files to accompany each chapter of the book

This CD has everything you need to learn to write more effectively.

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