Tutor profile: Debbi D.
I have a non-fiction history paper due next week and I can't come up with a topic. Where do I begin?
Brain maps are a great way to organize your thoughts. What are some topics that interest you? Write down a couple of those and then draw a line and a circle (or multiple!) branching off of each one with subtopics to specifically touch on. For example: The topics of Rome, London, and Paris are interesting to me. More specifically, the events in Pompeii during the volcano, London during WWII, and the Louvre in Paris. From here, you make more mind maps, guiding you to a topic, a subtopic and then points to hit on. You may even realize after going in depth with the map, that there are connections to certain events that you can touch on and incorporate into your essay.
Subject: Digital Media
What is digital media and what impact does it have on our lives?
Digital media is everything from pictures shared on Instagram to ads on Facebook. It is one important and relevant way to share information and interests. For example: Sally has been scrolling on Pinterest and Instagram all day and is intrigued by a new makeup trend. She sees people on Instagram showing off the product and how it's applied by an article shared on Pinterest. Unfortunately, Sally doesn't own the product, but now really wants it. She starts Googling the product, discovering where she can find it and who has the best prices. She then goes on Facebook and starts seeing ads for the exact product she's been looking for and it's conveniently located on Facebook where she can save the ad in her Saved folders on Facebook and can go back and purchase the product whenever she pleases!
Why is Communication important in every day life? How can I best get my point across to someone?
Communication is critical in every aspect of your life. There will be clients who do not understand what you are telling them, people asking for directions or you might have to explain how to accomplish something over the phone! A few items to remember when communicating; be straightforward, give detail, know your audience so that you can use terms they'll understand and ask questions. For example: Tim wants to know how to make a cup of tea for his grandma. He has no idea how to make tea, so he calls you on the phone. How do you proceed? First, explain what items he needs in order to make the tea. He'll need a kettle (or teapot), water, a mug, a bag of tea, milk/cream and sugar (if grandma prefers). You'll then explain how. Step 1: fill the kettle with water. Step 2: place it on the stove and turn the knob to high in order to get the water boiling. Step 3: Once the water has boiled, take the tea bag out of its wrapper and place it in the mug. Pour the boiling water into the mug. Step 4: Let the tea seep for 3-4 mins. Tim may ask why does it need to steep? You'll then explain; because the tea leaves needs to soak in the boiling water in order to get the desired taste and strength. Step 5: After the tea has had time to steep, it is now time to add the desired amount of sugar and milk/cream. Stir until the tea, sugar and milk are combined. Serve alone or with a delicious tea cookie!
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