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Tutor profile: Bethany P.

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Bethany P.
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Subject: Writing

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Identify the errors in the following sentences, and rewrite them using proper spelling and grammar. 1) It looks like the dog is bigger then the cat. 2) My mother just told me its time for supper. 3) If you don't hurry up and finish your breakfast, you'll be late for school, he said.

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1) It looks like the dog is bigger than the cat. 2) My mother just told me it's time for supper. 3) "If you don't hurry up and finish your breakfast, you'll be late for school," he said.

Subject: English

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In his poem "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night", Dylan Thomas writes: "Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night." Identify one example of figurative language in the passage, and explain why you think it is effective.

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In Thomas' poem "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night", the reader follows the narrator's plea to a dying man to not give into death without a fight. In the selected paragraph, Thomas uses metaphor to highlight the effect that a man's words can have on others. He compares those words to a fork of lightning. When one's words make a difference, they create a noticeable and bright change in the person listening. The advice-giver can reach the end of their life knowing they have made a difference. However, as Thomas argues, men whose words do not have a significant impact, or "fork no lightning", are less likely to give into death so easily. They feel that they still have more to accomplish, and refuse to accept the end. Using lightning as a comparison for effective words draws attention to the power of good advice. This use of figurative language highlights the idea that a few wise words can have a very significant impact on a person's life.

Subject: Education

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Briefly explain Vgotsky's Sociocultural Theory of learning and give an example of how it can be applied in the classroom.

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Vgotsky's Sociocultural Theory of learning is based on the idea that effective learning takes place in a social environment, where learners can interact with their peers and share knowledge with one another. As individual learners spend more time learning together, they internalize certain social behaviours associated with various learning processes. One way in which a teacher can implement this theory in their classroom is to use the Jigsaw method of group work. In this activity, students are split into groups, ideally in sets of 4 or 5, depending on the task. Each student is given one section of an assignment to complete, and they research their part individually. Once research is complete, students join together in their groups to discuss their findings. Students take turns sharing their research with the group and acting as discussion facilitator. Learners benefit from observing how other classmates learn, research, discuss, and lead, and often excel this social environment.

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