Tutor profile: Danielle R.
What is the most important thing to consider when approaching the writing section of the SAT?
Read the question carefully. Make sure you are answering the question. If it wants you to analyze an argument, do NOT go off on your opinion. Analyzing an argument means did the writer do a good job stating their points? It does not mean what do you think of these points.
What is the best way to incorporate an outside quote into an essay?
The oreo cookie method (also known as ham sandwich). The cream is the quote/outside source-- that is the easy part. The top cookie is your introduction where you prepare your reader to shift gears. It can be as easy as chemist Tom Smith states in his essay on carbon dioxide... or a little more detailed. Many might disagree that there is climate change and while some reasons might appear plausible, the most egregious of them all is.... Students normally do not have a problem with this two parts; it is always the second cookie that students ignore. It is very important to explain to your reader why you are telling them this information. You cannot make your reader do the interpreting and connecting-- the writer needs to do that. Even if it seems obvious to you, it is not always obvious to how this source supports your argument. You are the expert and this is where you show how everything is connected.
Why is it important to study literature?
The beauty of literature is experiencing a piece of cultural rhetoric of one particular moment. We not only learn about a topic, person, idea, etc. but we are also able to give our brain a different work out in creativity. It helps us as a member of society-- we are forced to judge and consider another perspective and form opinions, and this crosses cultures and time periods even genders and religions. I have experienced students making connections with their other classes, their own experience, and even history. I feel it's important to see everything as interconnected, our eductaion is no longer holistic, but so compartmentalized that the beauty of learning has been relegated to bits and pieces. Literature brings it all together and shows how every discipline can affect society/a character.
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