Tutor profile: Sarah S.
What are three general strategies students can use to boost their SAT scores?
1) Every student can benefit from a timing strategy. Be sure to divide your time evenly between questions and save a few minutes at the end to review your work. You should aim to spend 12 minutes per reading passage, 8 minutes per verbal passage, and one minute per math problem. 2) Read! Read everything you can get your hands on, from newspapers, to blogs, to novels. The more you read, the more your vocabulary grows. The bigger your vocabulary, the more success you will find on the SAT. 3) Review basic grammar rules. These will be extremely valuable in the verbal section. Don't trust what "sounds right." We come across so much poor grammar in our lives that what sounds right might not be grammatically correct.
How do you create a strong thesis statement?
A thesis statement must be, above all else, specific and arguable. It cannot be a simple fact, opinion, or question. It must be broad enough to cover the scope of your paper, while still being specific enough to make a convincing argument. After you write your thesis statement, ask yourself whether or not someone could argue against it. If the answer is no, you should go back and revise.
How would you define/describe American post-modern literature?
The fiction written by Americans from the mid-1980s to today represents a new epoch in American literature. These writings continue in the rebellious vein of modernism, yet postmodern writers take experimentation with literary forms to a new level in their texts. The largest problem these writers face is determining how to be ironic and experimental while still maintaining some kind of meaning in their literature. Postmodernism runs the risk of becoming too cerebral and self-aware; many authors adopt what David Foster Wallace calls the “watch me be clever” attitude and create stories that are so self-referential, cynical, and ironic, that they become inaccessible. Postmodern American literature is characterized in part by its use of metafiction, search for truth, polyvocal structure, representation of the immigrant experience, and lack of value judgment. Postmodern American fiction captures the uncertainty and complexity of modern life; this confusion is transmitted through both the literature’s content and form.
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