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Tutor profile: Laura C.

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Laura C.
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

What does it mean to "read like a writer"?

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Answer:

To "read like a writer" means you are reading to learn about writing. Instead of focusing on content, you are thinking about how the piece of writing was put together by the author. In doing so, you consider the choices made and techniques used by the author and how it influences the responses you have as a reader. You may even consider options that were not used by the author and how these differences would affect the reader. The ultimate goal is that you learn to be aware of the multitude of decisions to make as a writer and to consider which option is the best for eliciting the desired effect on potential readers.

Subject: Literature

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How does "The Bet" – in particular the development of the lawyer – reflect Anton Chekhov’s notions of what makes life worth living?

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Anton Chekhov was greatly influenced by Leo Tolstoy and is reflected in "The Bet" as the story's theme focuses on the vanity of human wishes. Throughout the lawyer's term of self-imprisonment, he alternates between indulgent, light-hearted studies and intense, disciplined studies to pass time. However, despite his exploration of all things "human", his life is not complete due to lack of human interaction and personal relationships. In the lawyer's final letter, he shows contempt for essentially everything he has learned and the ultimate truth Chekhov shares is that nothing endures and death destroys everything and everyone. He uses his story to have readers contemplate the point of life and the meaning of money. As cliche as it seems, Chekhov's theme reiterates the adage that "money cannot buy happiness".

Subject: English

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Question:

What are Aristotle's three modes of persuasion and why is it important when debating or writing persuasive compositions?

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Answer:

Aristotle's three modes of persuasion are ethos, logos, and pathos. They are especially important when making an argument whether through verbal or written communication as it connects to how humans process the information that has been demonstrated. Ethos appeals to authority, using the credibility of the speaker or writer to make an argument. Logos appeals to logic, using facts and figures to support the argument. Pathos appeals to emotion, using the audience's feelings like values or fears to connect them personally to the argument. All three can be used strategically not only through content, but through voice, tone, and style. Thus, it is vital to consider 'how' to communicate, not simply 'what' to communicate.

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