Tutor profile: Savannah M.
Will you read this poem that I wrote for my Creative Writing class and give me some tips on how to improve it?
Sure! My Creative Writing classes were always my favorite, especially those focused on poetry. This is already a strong poem with a lot of beautiful imagery and harsh contrasts that make it intriguing to the reader. Seeing as it is a free verse poem, I would change several things to make it flow better. First, I would focus on ending your lines with power words. By that I mean, try to avoid line breaks after words such as "the" and "a," unless you are purposefully breaking there to create a disjointed feel or to bring attention to the line. I would also break this poem into several stanzas instead of having it as one long one. Stanza breaks give the poem enough structure to keep the reader engaged. The only other issue I see is a spelling error in the 13th line (greatful should be grateful) and a few grammatical mistakes (remember that "its" never has an apostrophe unless you mean "it is." The possessive form of "it" is just "its.") Overall, this is a great poem. I hope my advice helps. If there is anything else you need, feel free to let me know!
My Research Methods teacher gave me an assignment in which I have to come up with a construct that I want to test with a research question later on in the course. I don't really understand what that means, and I'm not sure what to choose. Can you help?
Yes, I can definitely help with that! The first thing you need to understand is what a construct is in psychology. A construct is something subjective and not directly observable. A few examples are love, racism, athletic ability, and conscientiousness. The next thing you need to know is that constructs are not things that we can measure... At least, not on their own. That's where your research question comes into play. Say the construct you're interested in is marriage satisfaction. Your research question might be something like "Are 20-40 year olds more satisfied with their marriages than 40-60 year olds?" In order to research this question, you will then have to operationalize marriage satisfaction by defining it in measurable terms, such as through survey scores or the average length of time people in each age group stay married (assuming all the marriages observed are new marriages). My advice to you on deciding what to choose is to make a list of the things you're interested in and choose a construct from that list to research. Research is always more fun when it's about something you like. I hope this helps! If you need clarification or any more help, feel free to ask!
I'm a first year college student struggling in my English class. I have to write an essay, and I just don't know how to start. Can you help?
I would love to help you with your essay. The best place to begin is with your thesis statement. Once you have written a solid thesis statement, the rest of the essay will be built around it. After you have your thesis, write topic sentences for each of your body paragraphs that correspond to the argument presented in your thesis. These topic sentences will guide you while you write, as well as guide your reader and provide nice flow to the paper. The rest of the essay should be easy after you have this foundation, but let me know if you need any additional help!
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