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Tutor profile: Zach B.

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Subject: Microsoft Suite

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What is your go-to resource for figuring out a problem in Microsoft Suite programs?

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Honestly, Google. There will rarely be a problem that has not been already experienced by other users, and a properly worded google query will often lead you to the answer. When researching, keep your query to the point- try not to include unneeded words in your search. For example, if you want to figure out how to get rid of that sometimes awkward spacing between paragraphs in Microsoft Word you wouldn’t want to input something too broad and unspecific like “how to get rid of awkward spacing in word”. Instead use key words like “Word” “remove” “paragraph” and “spacing”. It would also help to include the specific version of the office program, especially if you are using an older version.

Subject: Writing

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I’m trying to write better academic papers, what tips could you give me to succeed?

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Depending what kind of writer you are, academic writing can be challenging to grasp- especially at first. For example, I’ve noticed that many students who are great creative writers often have a more difficult time of transitioning to the shift of style, tone, and content that academic writing requires. One aspect that I think attributes to this might be because of a difference in how you prepare. In academic writing, your papers will need to be more focused by using a thesis, and most professors will require you to outsource credibility. While you might not know anything about nuclear physics, you can properly research and cite the works of actual nuclear physicists to make your point and bring validity to your paper. Also, the language in your paper will need to be more formal. While you might be tempted to use flowery language in creative writing, an academic paper requires you to be precise and organized with your words. Use your thesis statement to drive your paper, and refrain from making assumptions or infusing unnecessary emotion in your writing. Overall, the challenges that might limit your academic papers can be different for each person, but keeping these tips in mind will help you get in the academic mindset that your professor looks for in your papers.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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Is this website I found using google good enough to use in my paper?

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Zach B.
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Well, to determine that many librarians teach a popular method called the CRAAP test. This is an acronym for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. It’s too complex to explain in a simple answer without grossly oversimplifying, but these guidelines will help you determine the academic value of whatever source you use. You have to ask the questions of when was it published or updated? Why is relevant to your topic? Who is the creator, and why should you listen to what the creator has to say? How is the information gathered, analyzed, and elements support its accuracy? And finally, what purpose does this information overall serve? Is there significant a bias that could affect its validity? All these questions interplay on each other to create a logical determination of whether the information you see is credible, and more importantly, usable in your paper.

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