Tutor profile: Akshara B.
How can I make sure that my academic writing is comprehensive and easy to understand?
One of the best tips I learnt during my undergrad was to ALWAYS have a friend read your essay before submitting it. As we write, we have a tendency to assume that our readers have the same level of understanding of the subject matter but this is most often not the case. If someone who knows nothing about the topic is able to read your essay and outline your argument, this is a good indicator that in your essay you have provided the reader with the background information, basic definitions, and a good framework necessary to comprehend your stance.
Subject: Study Skills
What are some helpful tips to easily read through dense academic text?
1) Colour Coding - using different coloured highlighters/pens for key terms, definitions, examples, etc will make it easy to categorize information and is useful to find the information you need at a later time. 2) Read the conclusion first - the conclusion will typically restate the main themes, problems, and solutions discussed through the article. Reading this summarized version first will make the information easier to understand as you will have a general idea of the topic. 3) Write notes as you read - use a pencil to jot down/underline any connections you can make to course themes or any ideas you get while reading. Also make sure to write down anything you are unsure of while you read. That way you can make sure to follow up on any questions you have, as well as be able to see the initial thoughts you had while reading which will be helpful when you start to plan your essays.
What are the key themes of Marx's theory of alienation?
Marx's theory of alienation describes how the capitalist means of production and stratified social class work to estrange a worker from their species being. Marx asserts that this system of production minimizes the control a worker has over the good/service they are producing, removes the ability to connect and build relationships with other workers, and low wages ensure that workers will never have the means to obtain ownership of the products of their labour. This ultimately leads to the loss of a worker's sense of self identity and maintains the class system by allowing those who own the means of production to hold power over the proletariat.
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