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Tutor profile: Megan T.

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Megan T.
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Subject: Writing

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What are the steps to writing a research paper?

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Megan T.
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1. Pick a topic- use the rubric/assignment to focus your choices down. 2. Do preliminary research on your topic. Make sure you will have enough material to write this paper, if not change topics. 3. Write first draft of your thesis statement. 4. Do more in depth research based on thesis statement. 5. Rewrite thesis statement based on research. 6. Make a good outline, including research and topic sentences. 7. Write first draft, always starting with introduction. Don't overthink writing style, just get your major ideas down and focus on writing style in editing. 8. Edit, Edit, Edit. Always leave plenty of time for editing. Edit multiple times for content, style, and grammar.

Subject: Study Skills

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How can I improve my study skills for online learning?

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Megan T.
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Sometime study skills are based on an individuals specific needs. However there are some general strategies to improving skills, especially in this new world of online learning. 1. Find the right spot for you. Some people study better alone, others prefer movement around them. 2. Avoid distractions, especially your phone. If your environment is not quiet, play calming music in headphones. 3. Set small goals. Rather than focus on an entire project/test, break your goal into small sections. 4. Develop an organization system for your notes. 5. Schedule time for studying. Schedule out your time for class assignments, but also plan general time for reviewing what you have been learning. This will help keep the information fresh. 6. Understand your learning style. There are plenty of online tests to take to learn this information. Once you know your style, focus your studying using your own style. 7. Take short breaks throughout your studying time.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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I have a research paper on Shakespeare's influence on the English language and I need to use both articles and books. Can you help me find sources?

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Megan T.
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As a student you should have access to a library. Library's will grant you access to scholarly articles through the use of databases. The best databases for article include Proquest, JSTOR, and Academic Search Complete. There are also a few openly available search tools, such as Google Scholar and JSTOR Open Access. You'll want to try a variety of search terms to ensure you find all relevant items. The keywords in your research prompt/question can become your search terms. For example: 1. Shakespeare AND language 2. Shakespeare AND influence 3. Shakespeare AND English For books, you will want to search your library's catalog. You can use the same search terms you used for articles to find your books. Another good search tip is to use the subject headings of books. Once you have found a relevant book, click to view detailed information. Libraries categorize books by Subject Headings, and they are usually hyperlinks-meaning that you can click on them to search. From the detailed information of a book, find the subject headings and click the one(s) most relevant to your search. Make sure you keep the citation information for every article and book you use. You will need this information when you make a work cited page.

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