How to build a spelling bee champion

“As a tutor, what makes the National Spelling Bee so fulfilling is that it represents the culmination of dozens of hours of study spent practicing these skills with my students”

Originally published in The Guardian on May 28, 2019, written by Scott Remer

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Ex-Plain Dealer spelling champ now tutors Scripps National Spelling Bee contestants around the country

"Spelling is not primarily about rote memorization," says Remer. "It is about understanding the phonetic rules and the patterns behind different languages of origin, and internalizing those rules and the method of how to calmly, methodically, coolly dissect a word under pressure on stage and piece it back together. There is an art to that. A high drama."

Originally appeared in The Cleveland Plain Dealer on June 2, 2017, written by Sabrina Eaton

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