Tutor profile: Rachel W.
Subject: Religious Studies
What are the most important things to keep in mind while researching and writing an exegesis paper?
1) Choose (if possible) a text that interests you, and limit the scope of your research to no more than several lines of text. 2) Read the text carefully and note specific patterns and themes within it. 3) If the text is in translation, remember to not be overly concerned with specific word usage. 4) Consult secondary texts to help find further patterns and issues. 5) Write a thesis that deals with a single, specific issue within the text. 6) Remember that an exegesis paper is meant to be persuasive, convince the reader of the issue in the text, and present clear explanations.
Subject: Study Skills
I have a lot of clubs and extracurricular activities and don't know where to find the time to stay organized. How do I hold myself accountable for staying on top of my studies?
It's awesome you have so many things going on! The first thing I would do is look at your schedule for a few blocks of time you have open; even if it's just a few minutes. Then, find someone to help hold you accountable. If you have 20 minutes between soccer practice and biology class, see if one of your teammates will study with you after practice. Schedule a time to meet with a professor to look at your essay so you have to write it early. If you put some of these measures in place it gets a lot easier to hold yourself accountable because the people around you are working with you!
What are some ways that you can get started on writing an essay if you are experiencing writer's block?
1) Free write. Set a timer for 10-20 minutes and write everything that comes to your mind. Don't worry about spelling or grammar, just type or write anything you can think of related to your essay. 2) Record yourself. Get a recorder and talk out loud about your topic. Listen back to it and see what you had to say! 3) Read something. Grab a few books or essays related to your topic. While you read through them, write down anything that seems interesting or inspiring that you could write about later.
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