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Tutor profile: Maryam K.

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Maryam K.
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Subject: Writing

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What is a good way to make sure that you have stayed on topic after writing an essay?

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Maryam K.
Answer:

Go over your body paragraphs and see if the points you've made and examples you have used further expand your thesis. Remove repetitive sentences and ones that you've added merely to reach the word count. Remember that you can be creative in your essay as long as your essay is centered on your thesis.

Subject: Study Skills

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What is an effective way to learn vocabulary words for an upcoming test?

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Maryam K.
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Use them in sentences that have some type of meaning for you whether they are funny or relate to something that has happened to you or someone you know. This will help you remember the definition of the word.

Subject: English

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In stanza VIII of the poem, "Le Monocle de Mon Oncle," what is the significance of the "warty squashes" that Stevens refers to? VIII. Like a dull scholar, I behold, in love, An ancient aspect touching a new mind. It comes, it blooms, it bears its fruit and dies. This trivial trope reveals a way of truth. Our bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof. Two golden gourds distended on our vines, Into the autumn weather, splashed with frost, Distorted by hale fatness, turned grotesque. We hang like warty squashes, streaked and rayed, The laughing sky will see the two of us Washed into rinds by rotting winter rains.

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The "warty squashes" are like the couple described in the poem. Just as the squashes have become old and now have streaks on them, the couple has also aged and both physically and mentally experienced the hardships of both love and life.

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