Tutor profile: Shoshannah T.
A student is working on a research paper about Tibet. The student has created electronic note cards and now needs help outlining and starting on a paper.
I would suggest that the student start by typing his/her research question at the top of a document. I would then have them sort their electronic note cards in order. Students could check the content on each note card and begin to insert topic sentences for each major point, marking the start of each substantial paragraph or section. Once the student has this detailed outline with topic sentences, I would suggest that the student begin writing the introduction, formatted around the research question and/or thesis statement.
Subject: Study Skills
A student is disorganized and as a result has trouble handing assignments in on time. This situation is having a negative impact on his/her grades. He/She needs help organizing multiple classes with a variety of deadlines.
I would ask the student to gather syllabi for each class that they are enrolled in. We would then identify a format to organize important deadlines that the student is most comfortable with. This cold be Google calendar, a phone calendar, or a hand written calendar. I would have students start by recording important dates / big deadlines. Then working backwards we would set our own deadlines to make large assignments more manageable. For example, students would put in the date for a unit test. Then, they would skip two weeks ahead in the calendar to set reminders to study. They could make this specific, for example, if the test is on chapters 8-12 of a text book, they could set a reminder to study for chapter 8, then chapter 9, etc. Electronic reminders are also helpful, so that students do not overlook these tasks. Once deadlines are organized we could get into other study skills, like outlining, note taking, using index cards, etc.
Subject: Library and Information Science
A students is working on a project where he/she must locate resources on a controversial issue. The student is at a high school or university with access to library databases. He/she must choose a topic and find resources to build/represent both sides of an argument, for and against the issue.
The student should access a database that covers either global issues or controversial topics. Some well-known options are Ebsco Points of View and Gale Opposing Viewpoints. These resources have browsing features that students may use to choose a topic of interest, and they have viewpoint essays. They also have export tools for citation management and the ability to save articles to Google Docs.
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