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Tutor profile: Lauren L.

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Lauren L.
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Subject: Writing

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How do I write an essay about anything?

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Answer:

It's important to understand the fundamentals. The five-paragraph essay format sets a standard to meet and a foundation to build upon. As a reminder, the five-paragraph essay format is comprised of an introductory paragraph (with a thesis statement), three supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion. However, that isn't to say the five-paragraph essay can't be customized to better suit our topic or insights. Depending on your needs as the author, you can include a "contextual" paragraph after your introductory paragraph to better frame your body paragraphs. Perhaps your insights can't be easily summarized in one conclusion paragraph; why not implement a paragraph before that in order to narrow the scope of your explanation before relating it to the essay as a whole? Organization is your friend, as long as you know how to use it to your advantage and not let it hinder your expression.

Subject: English

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What is the difference between affect and effect?

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Affect is most often used as a verb. You can replace the word affect with "change" or "impact" in order to test if it is being used correctly. Effect is usually a noun. Think of effect as a result. For example, the rain had a positive effect on the flowerbeds.

Subject: Communication

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Is nonverbal communication or verbal communication more important?

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The short answer is both; each expresses vital information that can either enhance or alter a message. The long answer requires more explanation. To start, nonverbal communication is defined as any message other than words in an interactive context. Nonverbal communication can be what we wear, the tone of our voice, and even where the conversation is held. Nonverbal communication is thought to be more authentic than verbal communication because verbal communication is more easily controlled. Taking that into consideration, neither verbal or nonverbal communication can suffice on their own. We get more information when we look at them together. If nonverbal and verbal communication complement one another, then the message is amplified and more pronounced. If nonverbal and verbal communication contradicts one another, then the message becomes more nuanced. We need both nonverbal and verbal communication to decipher a message as accurately as we can.

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