Tutor profile: Alexandra R.
Why is literature an underestimated subject?
Keeping in mind that literature is a required college subject, it is many times disregarded by students who just do the bare minimum to pass. But what happens when they realize literature is something we encounter in our daily life? Many students I have met regret not paying attention in class and many times it is hard to pinpoint why. Even if students don't enjoy reading, there are many historical, philosophical and even opinionated writings that have helped form society as it is today, and many do not realize that fact. They believe it is something easy that they can simply fly through, but literature as a whole entails many different categories, subjects, authors, and overall small details that one needs to take into account when reading a text, or simply looking at a crowd of people and their behavior.
Subject: English as a Second Language
Why is patience key when teaching English as a Second Language?
Students learn at their own rhythms and in their own styles, if one tries to enforce their own learning methods or their own teaching methods, sometimes students will become intimidated. This intimidation can cause loss of interest and even fear of learning. Being patient and adapting teaching methods to fit their needs is important in order to keep the classroom a safe environment for them to learn in. Failing, trials, errors, mistakes and whatever one may want to call it is normal in learning new languages, and taking into account the people that usually learn English are well grown and have different language patterns, failing is something very real in their life. It is the teachers job, or the tutors to assure students well-being and also being able to assure that they can learn at the rhythm they find good, and in the way they find it good. If one doesn't have patience, this balance and teacher-student trust factor can be lost.
Why is the creation of a thesis statement and hook important when writing?
Thesis statements and hooks are essential parts of essays since they are the first thing the readers actually reads. In order to gain this and necessary attention and interest the writer must speak directly to the reader, and try to present the importance of what they are saying in very few sentences. Thesis statements and hooks can be complicated to write (usually because they have to be short in length), but many times brain storming and with the simple method of trial and error, they can be presented successfully. In a way, one can compare it to buy clothes, if you like a piece of clothing and it fits, you will buy it. The same happens with essay reading or book reading, if the thesis and hook are good, you most likely will end up reading it.
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