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Tutor profile: Maddi M.

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Maddi M.
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Subject: Writing

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My professor wrote on my last paper that I need to work on my grammar, but I honestly can't find any problems in my paper. Can you help me out?

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Answer:

Are there certain errors that your professor marks on your paper? Can you read the sentence out loud? Let's listen for anything that sounds a bit off. Do you know how to fix this error? Can I provide you with a few examples of this grammar rule?

Subject: Study Skills

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Whenever my teacher assigns a project, I don't give it much thought because it seems like a relatively easy task. Every time, however, I find myself staying up super late the night before to finish the assignment. I don't know why I do this, or how I can stop.

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Maddi M.
Answer:

First off, I want to say that procrastination is a very normal habit that all of us give into to varying degrees at different points in our lives. Projects can seem daunting, especially when you're given a substantial amount of time to complete them (as this makes the task seem even more important, causing you to push it off). The solution to curbing one's procrastination is not to shame oneself, but rather the opposite: to regard one's choices with understanding and compassion. Pragmatically speaking, it's helpful to make yourself spend at least five minutes brainstorming ideas for your project-- on the day that the project is assigned! At first, this may seem like a ridiculously early point at which to start; but, on Day 1, you will be much less anxious about the deadline, allowing you to think more freely and creatively. Carving out just 10-20 minutes of your day, maybe three times a week, to chip away at the project will help you to visualize the end result, thus taming the beast! In order to motivate myself to stick to this routine, I create a calendar that I check off upon completing a task (e.g., ten minutes of project brainstorming). This helps me to see my progress instead of focusing on what I have left to do. The most important piece to tackling procrastination is learning self-acceptance, which comes with practice and through the process of making many mistakes. If you're interested in creating a plan for your next project, I would love to help out!

Subject: Basic Math

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Question:

Maisie, a miniature poodle, can walk 67 feet before tiring out. Her favorite toy is 17 feet away. How much further (in feet) can Maisie drag the toy down the hallway before she needs a nap?

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Maddi M.
Answer:

The key phrase here is "How much further" -- this indicates that you will have to subtract those two numbers. (If visualization is needed, you can make a number line to represent the hallway length.) Since Maisie has to walk 17 feet to get her toy, and she can only walk up to 67 feet, you'll need to subtract 17 from 67. In doing so, you should get 50; therefore, the answer to the problem is 50ft.

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