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Tutor profile: Margaret R.

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Margaret R.
Tutor with BA in English and 13 years of professional experience
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Subject: Microsoft Suite

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I'm collaborating on a research paper with my group, and there are a bunch of red underlines that I can't seem to get rid of. Help!

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Margaret R.
Answer:

It sounds like someone enabled track changes on this document. The red underlines will draw your eye to any sections of the text that were changed or updated by someone else, so that you can easily review them. There are a few ways to get rid of the underlines: 1. Review the changes by going to the Review tab. 2. Once you accept or reject the changes, the red lines will disappear. 3. You can also disabled the track changes feature, which will cause the red lines to disappear as well.

Subject: Writing

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Will my essay, story, poem be stronger if I use big words? If so, what is the best way to expand my vocabulary?

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Margaret R.
Answer:

Using big words doesn't necessarily make a piece stronger. In fact, sometimes it can be distracting. A good rule of thumb is to write the same way that you talk. That way you can convey your ideas in a way that is both natural and compelling. In general, the best way to expand your vocabulary is to read a wide variety of materials. When you stumble across a word you are unfamiliar with, look it up. If it's a fun one, see if you can sneak it into a casual conversation. That may help it to stick in your mind. (Fun fact: I recently discovered the word avuncular and now I love it.)

Subject: English

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Help! I have so many things on my plate right now, and I'm so frazzled, I don't even know where to start with this essay.

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Margaret R.
Answer:

Assuming you did the reading, here is how I would approach the task of writing your essay: 1. Do a free write/ brain dump. Jot down any thoughts or opinions you have about the book. Note any passages that stood out to you. 2. Review the guidelines given by the professor so that you can make sure you meet all of them. 3. You will need a strong thesis statement. This will be the main point of your entire essay. Review your brain dump page for ideas. 4. Outline your essay. Outline should indicate your thesis statement, each of the supporting ideas you are going to use, and the specific passages you will use to back up each one. Using an outline will help you to stay focused, and make sure that your essay is strong and succinct. 5. Use outline to guide you as you write the actual essay. 6. Make sure to cite your references appropriately, per your professor's guidelines and expectations. 7. Ask a friend, classmate or tutor to proofread your essay before you turn it in. This will help you to avoid spelling, grammar or punctuation errors - which can be distracting and lead to a lower grade.

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