# Tutor profile: Nikole C.

## Questions

### Subject: Writing

When writing an essay, why can prewriting sometimes be faster than trying to just write the paper from beginning to end?

Brainstorming can help you get your thoughts on paper and organized into topics. Once you have your thoughts organized, you can put each topic you decide to keep into a separate paragraph in an outline. This helps you to see the flow of the essay without having to write extensive sentences. Outlining also helps the writer to see important elements of an essay, like transition sentences and paragraph order and make major adjustments early into the writing process.

### Subject: Study Skills

What is the most important tool in helping students do well on a test? And how can you keep from cramming for hours right before a test?

The most important tool is the practice test. Forcing yourself to think hard about the information and recall answers helps put that information into memory more than if we just read through it. To avoid cramming before a test, take notes on the material. Review the notes for a few minutes often, preferably every night, quizzing yourself on the important information. Cornell notes are a good way to do this. Practice questions can be written in the left column to accompany the notes in the right column. By covering the right column, you can ask yourself the questions, try to come up with the answer, then check it in the adjacent notes.

### Subject: Basic Math

Why can't you compare 3/4 with 4/5 to determine which is larger? And why do you have to find a common denominator before adding them together?

These numbers represent pieces of a pie. if both fractions came from two separate pies, both of the pies could be the same size, but each piece is different in size. We want to know if we cut one pie into four pieces and ate three, would what we ate be larger than if we were to cut a pie into 5 pieces and ate 4 of them. Because of that, we can't tell if 3/4 is larger than 4/5 just by looking at the numbers in the fractions. So, we need to cut each pie into the same number of pieces to tell which is larger. When we slice each pie into the same number of pieces, that is the same as finding the common denominator.

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