Tutor profile: Meredith M.
How do I form an expert introductory paragraph?
An interesting tip I was given by one of my teachers in high school was that I should write my introductory paragraph last. Think about it. Most of the time, when we are writing our introductory paragraphs, we aren't even sure what we are going to be writing about! We may have formed a thesis statement, or even written out an outline for our essay, but the full body of our essay hasn't come into being yet. When you write your essay first, you flesh out your thesis statement by creating arguments and providing evidence. When you are finished writing the body of your essay, you can go back to forming an introductory paragraph that will truly reflect what the reader can expect in your essay. You can grab their attention by alluding to the many arguments and bits of information you will cover. Your essay as a whole will flow more seamlessly than if you write your introductory paragraph first.
Subject: Study Skills
What are different ways I can study for my exam?
My main tip is not to binge study the night before an exam. As a college student, I speak from much experience. A better way to study for an exam is a technique called "spaced repetition". This means you study small pieces of information, whether that be a chapter, or a concept, or a definition, and then you take a break. Master the concept, take a break, and move on to the next concept. Continue studying this way over a long period of time, and by the exam, you'll have mastered all of your material.
What is Vampire Symbolism? Does this refer to Twilight?
The literary vampire has been used over decades! While there are literal (excuse the play on words) vampires displayed in literature, such as in Twilight, Vampire Symbolism refers to something more figurative. Vampires are creatures of folklore that apparently suck the blood out of their victims to regain their own strength. Let's look at this symbolically; an entity that selfishly exploits a victim of its life essence. Sound a little more like a symbolism for greedy capitalism than for a vampire? Often times, this supernatural creature is used in literature to symbolize exploitation of all kinds, whether that be sexual or political.
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