Tutor profile: Emily P.
I am having issues with the organization and flow of my paper. My ideas are kind of all over. What do you suggest?
First off, making an outline is a good place to start. This is a good way to organize each individual idea that you have, all while being sure to connect each idea to the main idea or thesis statement. Next, I like to suggest to work off of your assignment instructions, answering each question or suggestion provided. This is also a good technique to brainstorm when you are stuck on what to write about. As you write, try to be sure to have transitions between paragraphs. It is always a good rule of thumb to have topic sentences to let your reader know that the ideas are flowing. Most importantly, the flow of your paper should reflect and answer to your main idea throughout your work.
What is the difference between analyzing and summarizing in my paper?
A summary includes giving an overview of the material. This can include the characters and the plot. The overall goal is to briefly retell the material, without adding personal input or thoughts. A summary will always be written in the past tense. Analyzing includes specific analysis of different areas of the text. This is a dissection of the material. In order to begin the thought process, you might ask yourself some questions such as: What is the theme of the text? Are there any symbols? It is your job, as a writer, to interpret the text for your readers. There is little summarization or background information when doing an analysis.
Subject: Criminal Justice
What are the advantages of diversion programs?
Diversion programs are an alternative to subjecting a juvenile to the formal court system, specifically those who have committed minor offenses. Diversion programs allow for juveniles to focus on community based treatment, as opposed to being confined and serving time. Often, diversion programs are focused on an area of concentration such as substance abuse treatment, behavioral therapy, or mental health treatment. This provides individualized needs being met, instead of juveniles getting "lost in the system." Not only are diversion programs a cost effective alternative to incarceration, they also provide the juvenile an opportunity to continue with their education, maintain relationships with friends and family, and develop positive resources within their community.
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