I’m a tutor. I’ve been doing this for several years. I work with students from grade school through college, in subjects as diverse as Math, Physics, Marketing, Writing and Chemistry. Most of my “lessons” are one on one, face to face and focused on a single subject. After nearly 4000 hours working with students from all over the world, I’ve found a few ideas that I try to impart to them as often as possible. They aren’t universal truths, but they do seem to be effective and to add value to the process.

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Rule number one is my only “rule”…


The exterior of your home not only provides a safe and secure environment for the rooms inside, it also establishes the style of your house. First impressions are always important, and you can set the tone for the rest of your property by carefully selecting exterior components that give your house a personality. Your finished roof, your home’s siding and well-chosen architectural details add curb appeal, make guests feel welcome and create a defined look.

“At a certain level, the outer skin of your house is who you are,” says architect Lewis Butler, AIA, president of Butler Armsden Architects of…


If you’re looking to enhance your home’s exterior, here are four key landscaping upgrades that can increase curb appeal.

Stone Walkways

When you want to create an elegant walkway, stone is a wonderful material that adds sophistication and wow factor to your Cape Cod, cottage, Colonial or Tudor.


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And there’s no better time to become a first-time plant parent. But actually choosing a plant can be intimidating if you’ve never bought one before. Here’s what you need to know about navigating the whole experience.

Before You Go:

Do a little research

Odds are good that you’ve seen beautiful plants on social media. Bookmark a few options to show the sales associate when you get to the store. While those particular plants might not thrive in your abode, it will give you a jumping off point for discussion. …

Anika Jones

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