Tutor profile: Shea B.
How can I beat writer's block?
Writer's block is an age old phenomenon that has plagued writers for years. Everyone has an old wives tale on how to combat this menace, but one method always seems to ring true for many writers. Get a second opinion! Reach out for help! Two brains are better than one, and for that reason writers who are experiencing writer's block should reach out to their peers (or tutors!) and ask for a hand. Bouncing ideas off of someone can really help to get those creative juices flowing, and having someone look over your work with a fresh perspective can do a paper some good!
Why do we dream?
Many psychologists and researchers have pondered this question for years! The true answer is that we don't know, and more research needs to be conducted in this field. But that doesn't mean we don't have some theories about dreams! Famous psychologist Sigmund Freud hypothesized that the dreams were just our unconscious wishes yearning to be played out. From a neuroscience perspective, the activation-integration-modulation (AIM) model proposes that our dreams reflect activity of regions of the brain. These activity regions activate at a particular moment during our unconscious sleep. We have many ideas for why we dream, so no one person has a definite answer. This means we could always just dream up more ways to answer the question, why do we dream?
Many students have problems with past participles. This is probably due to the fact that they can be pretty complex! So, what exactly is a past participle?
Past participles have a set of rules, which can make them a bit hard to master. Here are some tips! Past participles are formed from verbs. Take the word educate and think about how we discuss someone who received their education in the past. We just add an -ed on the end to make educated! The complex bit is that not all words follow this same -ed rule. For example, what do we do when we have "to run" or "to swell"? We get ran and swollen! Past participles can also be classified as verbals, or a word that can be both an adjective and a noun!
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