Tutor profile: Bree F.
How does one start writing a research paper?
I am a huge proponent of using outlines. Before pen hits paper (or fingers hit the keyboard), students need to map out the main ideas he or she wishes to explore. With each idea, students must make sure they have enough information to support these ideas. Then when it’s time to dive into the writing process, students can use this outline to get a rough draft started.
Is reading fiction strictly a form of entertainment, or can it be a valuable learning tool?
As an avid reader, I decided early in my academic career to pursue a degree in literature. While I was fortunate to enjoy my classwork, reading wasn’t just about immersing myself in good book. Fiction, while by definition is “false,” is capable of providing accurate insights into human nature, offering unique perspectives, and serving as a reflection of ideas, values and trends during the time period in which it was written. Reading overall, whether fiction or otherwise, also serves a variety of purposes, including but not limited to increasing vocabulary and improving memory. So before parents yell at their children to “put down that Harry Potter, and get to work!” perhaps they can consider the benefits of a good book.
Is learning “proper English” important, when grammar rules continually become obsolete?
It can be frustrating to learn a language that is regarded as a “living language” and subject to change. Rules that were once learned and obeyed by earlier generations can now be considered “old fashioned.” For example, it was once improper to end a sentence in a proposition. Now, children are taught this is acceptable. So why bother to learn grammar rules? The answer is because of the impression one gives when knowing how to properly communicate. It may be tedious to learn—and follow—proper grammar rules, but it is important to present yourself in the best light possible. Whether you are interviewing with a potential college or employer, you will be held in much higher esteem if you know how to express yourself properly.
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