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Tutor profile: Emily M.

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Emily M.
Graphic Designer and English tutor, experience in academic writing as well as translating and reviewing research articles
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Subject: Writing

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How can one ensure a properly formatted and well written paper?

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Answer:

1. Start with a draft. Write down the subject of each paragraph and then add some ideas for how to explain the subject. This will help in making sure that the main points of the paper are well connected. 2. Write concisely. Eliminate all of the words and phrases that are not needed to make your point. It helps to write using an active voice as opposed to a passive one. 3. Cite your sources properly. This gives you greater credibility. 4. Proofread when you are done. Proofreading is entirely underrated. Rereading what you wrote will allow you to find and eliminate mistakes. 5. Have a friend proofread for you. This is helpful because you may miss some mistakes as you read through your own paper.

Subject: Graphic Design

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Can design be judged objectively?

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Yes. There are particular principles that must be applied in order to create something of "good design." These principles act in the same manner as the principles of other fields including math and science. Much like fields such as math and science, these principles are fundamental truths that explain and integrate certain facts. There are such rules that can be applied to colors, shapes, and proportions that can help guide the designer to a well balanced and visually pleasing work of art.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Why do most students struggle to learn a second language in school?

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The reason as to why most students fail to learn a second language while in school has nothing to do with the student himself, but with the manner in which the language is being taught. Typical classroom teachers of languages try to teach the students all of the components of a language all at once. They want the student to practice speaking the language while learning the content. They juxtapose content. I argue that this method is wrong, and that the better method is one of integration. The components of a language include vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and pronunciation. These components have a particular hierarchy that must be followed in order to learn the language efficiently and as quickly as possible. Before a student can speak, he must have a good idea of how to form a sentence, which he can learn by reading and writing. Before he can read or write, he needs a good vocabulary and understanding of grammar. Before the student can learn grammar, he must know the vocabulary. With that being said, it only makes sense to delay speaking, and start with building a broad library of vocabulary. From there, the student can start building sentences in a way that makes sense. Furthermore, every component of the language has its own hierarchy. There are certain subjects that should be taught before others based on the student's familiarity with it. Schools do not pay attention to the context of the student in this sense. In many cases this has to do with the fact that they are trying to teach to many different people the same material at the same time and at the same pace. This, in turn, makes the material confusing and unintelligible to the student.

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