Tutor profile: Dominique R.
What are some general SAT strategies that I teach?
On the Reading section, I begin with teaching students a technique that involves reading strategically. I inform them that going to a text and immediately beginning to read it is falling into a trap that the SAT attempts to lay-- losing precious time reading, and forgetting most of the content anyway. I have them first go to the questions, identify which ones involve the "Main Idea" of the text for which they will have to read the whole text, and then answer word, line or paragraph-specific questions first. Once they have read pieces of the text to answer the specific-part questions, they can go through the text and read it in its entirety. After doing so, for non-fiction texts I teach them to mark the "Topic" and "Argument" of the author in the text. After reading fiction, I teach them to mark the "Character, Setting, Problem and Solution" of the text. For the Writing Section, I have 20 grammar rules that I teach students, and then have them do numerous practice problems from old SAT tests. For math, I also teach 20 formulas and proceed by giving numerous practice problems. In Reading, Writing and Math, by completing practice problems (about 15 per lesson, all from old SATs), I develop specific strategies with students, which I keep track of by numbering and writing on their studyguides, which include my aforementioned strategies.
What makes great writing?
I believe the hallmark of great writing is the verb. The thrust within a text that powers ideas stems from thousands of tiny sites of activation: the verb. Indeed, phrases like "tiny sites of activation" blemish the true nature of good writing. Good writing carries few passive phrases, marches forward with brave stances, and paints a portrait of the images a reader hopes to convey.
Subject: US History
What were the defining characteristics of Jacksonian democracy?
Jacksonian Democracy is a term used to describe the rule of President Andrew Jackson that begin in the United States in 1828. It began with Andrew Jackson running with the democratic party as a candidate that represented the problems of the average white man in America. He decried the wealth held in the hands of certain Americans, stating that all white, male Americans deserved economic equality. When elected, he advanced this aim in several ways. First, Andrew Jackson passed a law in favor of "universal male suffrage," giving every white man in the United States the right to vote. He opposed the national bank, or Second Bank of the United States, on the grounds that banks allowed a few men to have control of the country's money and therefore become wealthy. He also advanced the notion of white male supremacy by declaring that Native Americans be removed from their lands so that white Americans could expand West. He passed the Indian Removal Act, which forced numerous tribes to leave their lands-- a journey that became known as the "Trail of Tears" given the thousands of Native American that died leaving the state of Georgia. Finally, Jacksonian democracy implicitly supported slavery continuing in the United States after Jackson's election. He prevented the delivery of abolitionists' anti-slavery pamphlets in the South, and supported a group of Congressman that passed a law forbidding anti-slavery petitions. Thus while Jackson Democracy may imply a push for equality and the right to vote within the United States, it has the controversial legacy of also having only demanded rights for white men.
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