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Tutor profile: Regina W.

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Regina W.
English Instructor for Professionals/Higher Education (5 years)
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Subject: Writing

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What can I do to write a great essay?

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Regina W.
Answer:

Regarding all topics, what makes a good essay is how well you connect with your reader. Is my introduction interesting? Do I have a good attention grabber that makes me want to keep reading? And did I make my thesis clear? Do I sound passionate about the topic? What you want to focus on after having a great, interesting introduction is having a great flow to your writing. Consider how to connect points by asking yourself "did I use good transition words? Did I tie my last idea to my next so that the essay stays coherent and understandable for the reader? Lastly, for your conclusion, you want to make sure you reiterate your thesis and your points in a short and concise way. This will help the reader fully understand and remember what they should be taking away from your writing. Here are an extra few tips I would add. 1) Make sure every sentence doesn't start with the same word. 2) Use a variety of sentences switching between simple, complex, and compound. If all of your sentences are wordy, it can get tiring and confusing for your reader. However, if your sentences are a bit too short, it won't come off as mature writing. So always check to see if you have a nice mixture of sentences. Utilizing these suggestions in your writing will greatly assist you in writing an amazing essay. So get started, have fun with the process, and write with confidence! You've got this!

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Is there a word I could use to describe someone without revealing their gender?

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Regina W.
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That's a great question! I know some languages like Chinese have a unisex word that can be used for men and women. For years we didn't acknowledge it be we in fact do have a pronoun that we like to use for this very reason: they. And to be honest, this new grammar rule was just officially approved about 2 months ago. The thing is, for at least the past 10 years or so, we've been using the pronoun "they" to describe someone without revealing or knowing the gender naturally. For example, if I my class was getting a new student in high school, and no one knew if it was a boy or a girl, the teacher would say "Class, get ready to meet your new classmate! They will be arriving shortly." I know it might sound strange to someone who's been studying English grammar as a second language. Using a pronoun that's meant to be plural in a singular sense sounds a bit odd. But it was an unofficial spoken rule among native English speakers in America. However, this was not accepted in written English. "He/She" was the only thing to be accepted on paper. Thanks to the official approval, we can now use it in our writings and when speaking. Isn't language exciting? It's always changing as time goes by. That's why we have something called "Old English," right?

Subject: Entrepreneurship

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How can I get started in launching a successful product for my new business? I'm not really sure where to start.

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Regina W.
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There are three key points you need to look at: 1) First, you really need to do your research. Who is your target group? What's their age? Where are they located? What type of media appeals to them? Why would they particularly buy your product? Find out everything you can about that specific group. Research is such a vital part that lots of people skip over. But I'm sure you've done this already for your business plan. 2) When you know exactly who you're providing a need to, then you can proceed with your marketing. These days, almost everyone (at least 40 or younger) has a cell phone glued to their hands. Really dive deep into the digital marketing world and build a strong platform there. If you learn algorithms of these popular apps, then you're set. But be patient. It's not always going to happen overnight. 3) Stay consistent and show passion for what you do. Most people think once you reach a certain number in your bank account or a certain number of followers, that's where it ends. But it doesn't! Most great artists never thought "Ok, I've painted about 20 paintings. I'm done forever now." It simply doesn't work that way. Stay consistent by setting small goals for you to reach the bigger ones. And even after that, you should keep pushing your self to do more. And what will push you to do more is your passion and love for what you do and helping people receive this need that you're providing. Your customers (and potential ones) will sense the love you have for your own product (or not) by how much effort you put into it. Remember these key points and you'd be a thousand times more likely to succeed. I guarantee it!

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