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Tip #227: Check email last

Here’s a tip I learned years ago from Michael Masterson’s book The Pledge, which I read again this week.  (I do not recommend this book for kids, or teenagers, by the way.) Check your email last. I understand not everyone can do this. Some jobs will not allow it....

The books I recommend.

Lately, I've been getting more questions about the books I recommend.  This post is a response to that question.  I will update and add to this post as my recommendations change. As for the literature books I’d recommend…. a little background first. I was thrilled to...

Tip #226: How to listen to audiobooks for free

A few weeks ago, a reader suggested I check out Hoopla. Here is what J.L. suggested:  Dear Mr. Thomas, I don't know if you have sent a weekly email about this yet, but I highly recommend the app Hoopla. You just install it and give it your library card number and you...

How I review

We are coming up on a new month.  If you are reading through Lingua Latina, or Le Français par la Métode Nature, here is a good way to review what you have already learned. https://vimeo.com/260363020

Tip #225: Tests, tests and more tests.

This is more of a head's up than a tip If you are thinking of teaching online, be ready to create tests quizzes, or some sort of assessment. When I started teaching online, I didn't see this coming. I write six tests a week. Two Spanish tests, two French tests, a...

A short break

If you are in the online classes I teach, we have a short break coming up.  I will be out of town for a few days. There will be no classes on Monday, February 28 through Wednesday, March 2. Classes will resume on Thursday, March 3. Also, there will be a week-long...

Getting started online

People frequently ask me, “How did you start making a living online?  And, do you think I could?” First, it wasn’t easy.   It was hard work.   Second, yes.  I think you could do this.    But, we really should re-frame the question.  We should ask… Should you become an...

Tip #223: Set clear, specific goals

In a recent service, my pastor reminded the congregation “When you ask God for something, be very specific..  God loves to answer prayer.  By asking him for specific requests, you make it easy for him to demonstrate his power. “ Though it is very difficult to do, I...

Tip #156: Study at Home

I sent this email out on April 12, 2020.   Well.  It’s been a while.  I sure hope you all are well. A few days ago, I received this email: Yep I’ll  I’ve recently joined the email list for your email list (Tip of the Week). And I wanted to ask: Are you still...

Tip #223: Lily’s Chocolate

A few tips ago, I announced that I was going to give up sugar for a year. Then I shared a tip I use to combat sugar cravings.  I chew gum. (By the way, I should make something something clear.  I have decided to avoid white, processed sugar.  I still eat fruit and...