Tutor profile: Addy B.
What takes writing from mediocre to great?
There are two things that I would say stand out when it comes to writing - organization and sentence structure. Your reader wants to be engrossed in what is being read. Without organization, you create confusion and disconnect. Organization in a way that flows from start to end and breaks up text as needed is key to keeping a reader engaged. That, coupled with sentences that add voice and variety without losing the integrity of what is written, will elevate any work of writing.
What is the best way to improve English skills?
This one is simple: practice. Read more, write more, answer more questions, use more lenses, think more critically. Every interaction you have with a text is one step closer to becoming more proficient in English.
Considering current social issues and online influences, how can teachers best reach the needs of struggling students from low-income areas?
Students are a product of their environment, and while family and outside influences play a major role, the time spent in school also significantly affects a student's success. First, one needs to make sure the physiological needs - things like food, shelter, clothing - of a student are being met. Once that has been confirmed or assisted with, then learning can begin. Above all, the relationship between teacher and student is the most significant factor in a student's success in school. Students who come from low-income areas typically experience inconsistencies: people coming in and out of their life, little to no routine, varying degrees of expectations. By being a person a student can count on, can come to, or can be safe with, you will be someone a student will trust with their learning and growth.
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