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Evan d.
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French
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Question:

How do I study for a grammar and vocabulary test?

Evan d.
Answer:

For vocabulary, memorization is the only thing you can do. Make flashcards, Quizlets, write the words over and over again, anything that works for you. You can use mental tricks that you can recall while taking the test in order to remember the vocabulary. For example, the word "crazy" in French is "fou." If you want to remember the French, you can remember that "fou" sounds like the English word "fool." The act of relating the French word to an English word will help you to recall it while under the stress of test-taking. In terms of grammar, there are a lot of rules. Take a sheet of paper and write down the rules, for example the endings to a certain type of verb conjugation. Write out a few of the words conjugated in that manner. Then write down the exceptions to the rule. Try to write out sentences using the conjugation. Translate from English to French as well as French to English. Repetition is key to memorization.

Writing
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Question:

How can I improve my analytical writing?

Evan d.
Answer:

There are a few elements that are required in order to make your analytical writing clear, which is the first step to a good paper. You must have a thesis, each paragraph's introductory sentence must relate to the thesis, you must include textual evidence that you later dissect in order to prove your thesis, you must have transition sentences, and you must have a concluding paragraph that restates your thesis, and pushes the paper further, whether in the form of a "so what?" or puts the subject matter in broader terms. Avoid run on sentences, repetitive phrases, and always proofread. Make sure that you are analyzing and picking apart word choice and meaning rather than simply restating the plot of the novel. Always have another set of eyes look at your paper, because often they pick up on mistakes that you miss, or help to clarify your argument. Print out your paper when you proofread. Make sure the line of argument flows logically and fluidly. Read backwards to check for spelling and grammar mistakes.

English
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Question:

How can I do well on quotation identification for my English test?

Evan d.
Answer:

It is important that you read the texts for your English class, this is the most helpful when trying to identify a quotation's context, speaker, and importance. In order to further prepare, go through your notes, and go over the quotations your teacher talked about and emphasized in class. Go over the texts main themes so you can connect the passage to the text as a whole. Write down each character's speech patterns and repeated words or phrases, so that if you don't immediately recognize the speaker, you can try and discern it by knowing the ways in which they speak.

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