Tutor profile: Elizabeth N.
Subject: Study Skills
Is studying for more time always better?
Studying longer doesn't mean studying better. Instead of spending hours studying and forgetting, it's better to have a plan for more effective studying. A 10 or 15 minute review daily or just after a class helps cement recently learned information. Also, research shows that past about 60 minutes, most information isn't retained. It's important to take a break and think about something else! Move your body, stretch, and maybe switch subjects.
Subject: English as a Second Language
What is subject-verb agreement in English and is it similar to other languages?
In English, the "subject" of the sentence (who or what the sentence is about) must agree, or match, with the verb (action) of the sentence. One dog runs. Two dogs run. In the first sentence, the subject (dog) is singular, so the verb (to run) is written as "runs". In the second sentence, the subject is plural, so the verb is written as run. Changing the verb like that makes it "agree" with the subject. For examples in other languages: In Spanish, all verbs are conjugated based on the subject, and the conjugation changes whether it is a singular versus plural. In Chinese, verbs are not conjugated based on the subject, and subject-verb agreement is not an issue.
What role does gift giving play in Beowulf?
Gift giving plays a huge role in the status of characters in Beowulf. Besides boasting, which is a common way to introduce oneself as well as establish a role, gift giving is the other way to form a place within a community. A gift given means a relationship formed. The bigger the gift, the more power the giver has, and the more important the receiver is. Hrothgar, King of the Danes, can give lavish gifts to those he deems important. Beowulf is the crucial hero and is very important, so Hrothgar gives Beowulf a mead hall. Though the gift marks Beowulf's importance, the expense of the gift re-establishes Hrothgar's position as king and shows his superiority. This is important because though Beowulf is a hero, neither Beowulf nor Hrothgar wants Hrothgar's reign to be usurped, and the gift of the mead hall helps keep this dynamic peaceful.
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