Tutor profile: Carolyn M.
When writing a response based on a reading, what is the difference between engaging with various points in a reading as opposed to evaluating the arguments?
When engaging with the writer or writers' points, I am responding directly to points and author made and stating my position either in agreement or disagreement based on my own evidence and context. When evaluating the writers' arguments, however, I am not engaging point-by-point with my own responses; rather, I am evaluating the cohesiveness of the argument as a whole and asserting, not whether I agree or disagree, but whether it is a well-formed and effective argument.
Subject: Study Skills
The GRE is in four weeks and your biggest concern is the Quantitative Reasoning, or Math, section. What is your approach to preparing for the test?
The GRE comes in three different sections, each with study material available. An effective approach to studying will be to break down the components: Week 1, Analytical writing; Week 2, Quantitative Reasoning; Week 3, Verbal Reasoning; Week 4, Quantitative Reasoning. Each week will feature a 40-minute study session three times a week, dividing the time between reading prep materials and responding to practice questions. The second Quantitative Reasoning session in Week 4 allows seeing progress and alleviating anxiety.
Subject: Political Science
[Example of a question meant to engage with assigned reading.] Nazli Choucri describes four "digital futures" in her book "Cyberpolitics in International Relations": a) cyber grand bargain; b) global cyber commons; c) garrison state(s); d) global cyber anarchy. Compare these against the following author's depictions of a digital future: Nicolas Suzor's self-run social network landscape in "Lawless," and Shoshana Zuboff's world of behavior currency in "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism." Which of Choucri's futures are they demonstrating?
Suzor's book "Lawless" calls for what he calls a new constitutionalism, with a constitution of digital rights to govern digital platforms. This is meant to be more adaptable and less cumbersome than the legislative process. With an emphasis on private control and global cooperation, Suzor's future looks like Choucri's "cyber grand bargain." Zuboff, on the other hand, illustrates a pervasive corporately-owned domination of the digital realm. Her "Instrumentarianism" differs from totalitarianism in that it is run by private interests rather than the state. This depiction of the future falls more closely in line with Choucri's "global cyber anarchy," although it resembles "the garrison state" in the rigid control enjoyed by private interests.
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