Tutor profile: Mckenzie H.
Subject: Study Skills
What is the best way to study for an upcoming exam?
The answer to this question will vary greatly between students. The key to studying successfully is finding out which study method is most effective with your learning style. A great way to get started is to set aside time during the day to study without distractions. Cramming for an upcoming exam into the late hours of the night is never a great idea. It's best to be consistent while studying new material and space out study sessions so that you won't become overwhelmed or exhausted. Some study tips and methods to try are as follows: - Re-reading notes is not an effective study method for a majority of people. While note-taking in class is a great way to help you remember the material, simply reading them over typically isn't enough to really remember the material. If you prefer to study using notes, a more effective way to really learn the material is re-writing the notes as you read them over. The repetition will allow you to more fully understand and remember the subject. Additionally, research suggests that writing a hard copy of your notes is more effective than typing. - Active recall is another popular study method. Often when your notes or textbook is laid in front of you, there is a chance you may be led to believe that you know the material better than you actually do. To combat this, you can try putting all notes and textbooks away and reciting the material that you remember. - Flashcards are a personal favorite study method of mine. The way that I personally learn best when using flashcards is to create in-depth quizzes using the flashcards. I then write the answers as I go along and then go back and grade my own answers. I remove the cards that I answered successfully from the pile and then re-do the quiz with the cards that I answered incorrectly. Learning this study method really helped boost my grades! This method utilized both active recall and repetition. Using this method, or a variation of it, may be helpful for you as well! - Making connections within the material is also a helpful method for many people. Instead of simply memorizing material, connecting ideas can help a student better understand and truly learn the material they are given.
What is the meaning of self-actualization?
Self-actualization, as theorized by Abraham Maslow, is the process of reaching your own unique inner potential. Becoming self-actualized does not mean reaching absolute perfection, instead, Maslow described it as an ongoing process that occurs throughout life. Self-actualization is at the top of Maslow's infamous "Hierarchy of Needs." According to Maslow, the process of becoming self-actualized serves as motivation for reaching goals and discovering innermost passions.
How can I make an essay seem more professional and academic?
For starters, it's extremely important to avoid using colloquial language when writing an academic paper. Colloquial language is the non-formal language used in personal conversation. For example, instead of writing "Today I'm gonna write about the history of the U.S," you should use much more formal language such as "We will explore the vast history of the United States." Additionally, be sure to use citations correctly. Use the format assigned to you and put your citations in the correct place. The correct placement varies between formats, so become familiar with the format you are using. Proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation are also incredibly important when writing professionally. Always write a rough draft of your paper first and thoroughly edit. It's also a good idea to have a peer or tutor look over your paper to catch any mistakes.
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