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Tutor profile: Emily B.

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Emily B.
Teaching Assistant; MA Special Education Candidate
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Subject: Writing

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How can I become a stronger writer?

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Emily B.
Answer:

Writing can be challenging! For starters, one of the best things you can do is practice. Like any other skill, you will become a stronger writer the more you practice. Getting feedback from your peers and/or instructors is also a way to become a better writer. The more outside input you can get on your writing, the more you will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses. One last tip I can offer is to read - strong readers become strong writers! By reading and therefore exposing yourself to many types/styles of writing, the more you will be able to fine-tune your own "writer's voice" and writing style. If you need someone to give you feedback on your writing, or don't quite know where to start on a writing project, I can help!

Subject: Psychology

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Explain Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

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Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory comprised of a five-tier model of human needs (often represented as a pyramid). Needs lower on the hierarchy must be satisfied before one can satisfy higher needs. From bottom to top, Maslow's hierarchy of needs are: Physiological (i.e. food, water, rest, etc.), Safety (i.e. feeling of being safe from harm, health), Love and Belonging (friendships, intimacy, family, a sense of belonging/connection), Esteem (respect, self-esteem, feeling of accomplishment), and Self-Actualization (achieving one's full potential, becoming the most that one can be). As mentioned previously, if needs lower in the hierarchy are not met, one cannot meet needs that come after (ex: if my physiological needs are not being met, I cannot be self-actualized because I lack access to basic necessities such as food and rest).

Subject: English

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What is a thesis statement? How can I write a strong thesis statement for my paper?

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Emily B.
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A thesis statement focuses your main ideas into a sentence. It lets readers know what to expect from the rest of your paper. Writing an effective thesis statement can be tricky! A thesis statement should be specific; it should only cover what you discuss in your paper and what you can support with evidence. One way I like to formulate thesis statements is to start with a question, and then make the answer your thesis. For example, if a question you address in your paper is "Why is it important to integrate computers into the elementary classroom setting?", your answer to that question could become your thesis statement ("Integrating computers into the elementary classroom is important because it provides an early advantage to students in technological and scientific education.") If you need help writing/revising your thesis statement, or have any questions, I would be happy to help!

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