Tutor profile: Ellen S.
Subject: Python Programming
I want to learn how to program, but where on earth do I start?
I have taught Python to folks ranging from elementary school age to college seniors. One theme across all ages and skill levels is that people often don't know where to start. A great way to start is to focus on getting your computer set up so that it is ready to code - downloading the python packages and choosing an editor that is user friendly. Investing time into your set up will make it much easier to experiment with bits of code and start writing your own later on.
How do I analyze a text in a meaningful way?
When we read a piece of literature, we seek some sort of meaning or experience from it. That could range from a leisurely reading of a novel to an in-depth analysis of an assigned text. Each written work may instill different meanings in different people (and that is exciting!) however there are often clues and ways that we can help ourselves understand and better analyze text. One of the first questions I ask myself when trying to understand a written work is about when the work was written. Was it written shortly after a war? During a time of tension or peace? We are shaped in many ways by our environment and authors are not an exception to that. Next I ask myself about what I think the author wants to show me. Do they frequently reference a certain symbol? Whose perspective are they writing from and what do they have to say? And finally, how can my own experiences, thoughts, and understanding contribute to what was already said?
Subject: Cognitive Science
Why is a multi-disciplinary approach important to the study of the human mind?
The extreme beauty of cognitive science is made possible by it's multi-disciplinary roots. Humans have long craved to study and understand the mind and have attempted to do so through several disciplines including philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, and more recently computation. Often, subject area seeks to dominate, compete with, or discount the different approaches. With something as complex as our minds, explanations often lie in collaboration. For example, how can we use machine learning to assist neuroscientists? What philosophical questions can we ask ourselves that will influence how we treat each other?
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