Tutor profile: Andrea Z.
What are the parts of a paragraph and what are their functions?
A successfully written paragraph includes several types of sentences. The first sentence is usually the topic sentence. This is where you include your main idea. Next, you have supporting paragraphs. These sentences provide support for your topic sentence. They may include examples of your topic or points that back up your main idea. Finally, finish your sentence with a transitional sentence that helps the reader transition to the next paragraph or some kind of closing sentence that sums up your idea. A transitional sentence can include a word such as "however" or "next." A closing sentence reaffirms your main idea but uses different words and perhaps even leaves the reader with a sense of closure.
Subject: Study Skills
What is the best way to manage your time when studying? Should you study for hours on end or break it up in manageable chunks of time?
One of the best ways to study for any subject is to use the Pomodoro Technique or a similar method. First, set a timer for 25 minutes and begin to study. Then, when the timer rings, mark your paper and set your timer for a 5 minute break. Then re-set the timer for another 25 minutes. After you have done this, mark your paper and take another 5 minute break. After your fourth "Pomodoro" take a 30 minute break. This should help keep you focused on your studies and not get too tired. Studying for hours on end is not recommended as you lose focus and get more and more distracted as time goes on.
Subject: Library and Information Science
What are the various criteria for evaluating online sources?
There are several criteria for evaluating online sources. First, you want to look at a source's authority. Identify who wrote or published the website or web page. Look at their credentials or professional certification and their expertise in the area on which they are writing. Also, look to see if they cite the sources they quoted in the article or essay or book that they wrote. Finally, look at the site's domain. Then you should read the information to determine the author's point of view or whether or not the author is biased or objective. Finally, look to see when the site was last updated or published. This is known as currency and shows whether or not the information is current or out of date
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