Tutor profile: Emme H.
Subject: Basic Math
How do I remind myself which fractions are bigger and which fractions are smaller?
I like to think of fractions as cutting a pizza (or pie, cake, whatever you want to think of it as). If I cut a pizza into four slices, the slices are going to be bigger than if I cut that pizza into 8 slices, so 1/4 is bigger than 1/8. If I cut the pizza into 3 slices, those slices are bigger than the slices of the pizza that was cut into 4 slices, so 1/3 is bigger than 1/4.
Subject: Library and Information Science
How can a public librarian positively influence someone's life?
A public librarian can positively impact a person’s life by showing them what the library can offer them. They can do this through outreach, book displays, and programs. By doing outreach, such as school visits or working with community centers, a public librarian brings the library to people who might not otherwise visit. They can talk about programs that the library is doing and share resources that the library can connect these people to. Furthermore, book displays can show a person what the library’s collections can offer them. A librarian can design displays that show a variety of the resources offered through displays such as Pride Month displays, graphic novel displays, and displays for other media, such as DVDs. Finally, programs can show a person what the library can offer them by showing them resources or spaces available to them. Art-based programs can show off the Bubbler. Storytimes can showcase other resources that the youth services librarians offer. By sharing available resources through outreach, displays, and programs, a public librarian can positively impact a person’s life by showing them what the library can do for them. A public librarian can also positively impact a person’s life by building a relationship with them, helping to create an environment in which that person feels welcome. As a child and teen, I was excited to use the library because I knew I was welcome there and would find books I wanted to read. The teen services librarian always greeted me and got to know me. She created an environment in which I felt welcome and safe. By building a relationship with a person, a public librarian can make a person feel safe and welcome in the library.
Why shouldn't you use the passive voice in a paper?
Using the passive voice takes agency away from the subject of a sentence and can leave it unclear who is doing what. For example, if you're writing a paper on Paradise Lost, you do not want to say "Satan was expelled from Heaven." First, that does not give Satan any agency. Furthermore, who expelled Satan? Instead, you would write something like "God expelled Satan from Heaven." Who expelled Satan is clear: God, and he has agency.
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