Tutor profile: Rebecca B.
What are good rules to follow when it comes to writing a short paper or paragraph response to a quiz or test question?
There are two fast and easy protocols to following when it comes to short essay papers or essay responses on a test or quiz. When it comes to short essays or responses, you want to write three to five sentences or no more than two paragraphs, that answer the who, what, where, why, and how of the test question. If these five items are addressed, then you're sure to create a concise response that covers the bases. When it comes to a short essay or one-page paper, the best format to follow is an introductory paragraph, followed by three paragraphs, and then a conclusion paragraph. Your opening paragraph should lay the foundation for what the reader can expect you to cover in the next few paragraphs. The three middle paragraphs should each address a point you make in the opening paragraph. And finally, the conclusion paragraph to wrap things up by summarizing the introductory statement and supporting elements you covered in the three previous paragraphs.
Subject: Study Skills
What sort of notes should I take during a class or when reading and how is the best way to organize those notes in order to create an optimized study strategy?
Great notes are critical to your studying success. If you don't capture the most important information during a lecture or while reading, you aren't likely to be able to prepare for your exams properly. When it comes to taking notes, here are a few quick tips you can use to instantly improve your note-taking performance: + Key terms: If you run across new terminology or characters or find terms and concepts coming up over and over, add that information to your notes. + Listen for phrases like "a few points to consider" or "something to make note of" or "this is really important" write it down. Odds are that you'll find this information on an upcoming quiz or test. + Words or phrases that are in bold font or are underlines are items you always want to capture and add to your notes. + If your teacher or professor takes time to write it on the board or draw it out, include that information in your notes. The same rule applies to diagrams in your reading that are called out. + Pay attention to subheadings when reading. Often times there is information that is important within that section; that's why it's being called out as its own section.
Subject: Religious Studies
Who wrote the book of Romans? What inspired this man and how does he describe himself? What other things do you know about the author?
The book of Romans was written by the Apostle Paul, who was formerly known as Saul of Tarsus. Paul wrote thirteen of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament and is credited with leading the Christian movement and founding several churches throughout Europe and Asia Minor. Paul saw himself as an Apostle, a servant of Christ, who was set apart for the gospel of God. Before becoming an Apostle, Paul was a Pharisee who punished and murdered Jews who converted to Christianity.
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