Tutor profile: Jessica P.
What are some tips for writing a good thesis statement?
1. Be clear. Your main idea is not a surprise to save for the end of your essay. It's time to be bold and tell the audience exactly what your opinion or main idea is. 2. Be concise. You don't need to add a lot of details or explanations in your thesis statement. You have plenty of time to get your arguments and details on the page later. For now, stick to the main facts. 3. Remember, your best thesis statement may come to you after you finish your first draft. Sometimes you may need to outline all of your ideas, and think through the essay completely first. It's okay to modify, alter or clarify your thesis after you've finished. Revision is your greatest tool.
How do I summarize a passage?
First, look for the thesis, or main idea of the passage. If this is a work of fiction, ask yourself, "What happens in this passage?" How would you describe the main action of the passage if you were speaking to a friend? Next look for key details. These can be symbols or imagery. They may also be repeated words or phrases. Finally, you can put your ideas into context by asking yourself, "How does this event impact the larger story?" With the answers to these questions in mind, you can start writing your summary paragraph.
Subject: English as a Second Language
How can I improve my speaking?
The best way to get better at speaking English, is by practicing. Finding an English speaker to converse with is the absolute best way to improve your skills. However, not everyone has a speaking partner available all the time. You can practice a few minutes a day by speaking aloud to yourself, the mirror, a pet, or even a plant! Try to answer some questions like "What was the best (or worst) thing that happened today?" "How was today different (or the same) as yesterday?" You can also practice vocabulary by describing the things around you. Be sure to speak aloud!
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