Tutor profile: Lindsay H.
Help! I have a huge research paper due next week and I don't know where to begin. I have a topic but nothing else. Where do I start?
Hi there! Having a topic that you enjoy writing about it is the most important step. My biggest piece of advice to you is to use a reliable research database (your school's library can help you with this) and find a few sources that support your claims. This will help you formulate your ideas and give you some critical insight. Next, develop a strong thesis that will be the foundation of your paper. From there, create a rough outline of your paper that follows the guidelines that your teacher presented to you. Remember, an outline can change while you are writing your paper, but it is nice to have in times when you are feeling stuck. Figure out where you will include certain information and sources within your paper on your outline. Now it is time to write! Don't stress too much about this, just find a time that works best for you to sit down and concentrate on your paper. Break your writing up over a few days and try not to push yourself to write if your brain isn't up for it. Once you have most of your writing out of the way, don't forget to re-read and then re-read some more. Good luck!
Subject: Study Skills
I have a huge exam in a few days and I'm freaking out! I need to memorize a ton of stuff and I don't know what to do. How do I remember everything?
Hi there! The best thing to do is to take a deep breath and come up with a game plan. Take these few days that you have to really focus your attentions to what it is that you need to study. It is always good to divide and conquer. Never cram the day before for a test. Memorizing works best when you break it up into study sessions over a few days, so don't worry, you have time! You will need flashcards. Write out everything that you need to know on the flashcards on the first day and just review the cards for about ten minutes or so after you finish making them. Make yourself familiar with the words. The next day spend more time quizzing yourself with the flashcards. Really focus. Make sure you are in quiet, comfortable area where you will not have any distractions. Also, make it into a game and see how many you can get right without having to view the other side. The day before the exam go through the flashcards until you don't have to look at the backs of any of them. This may take a little time, but go until you feel comfortable with the words. Having the exact definition is not always critical (unless your teacher wants an exact definition). Good luck!
I am having trouble figuring out the meaning of this poem? What do you suggest that I do?
Hi there. First off, poetry can be quite difficult and it can take many readings in order to get a sense of what a poem is telling us! I would break the poem down into smaller pieces and work section by section. Notice what grabbed your attention when you first read it. Go back and read it aloud and listen to the rhyme scheme and meter. Do you notice anything irregular or interesting? Also, underline and make notes while you are reading it aloud as to what aspects you are drawn to. Do you notice any themes or objects? Who is the speaker? Where is it taking place? All of these questions are important, but it is crucial to remember that a single poem can mean many different things to an audience.
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