Tutor profile: Reuben P.
How is the best way to prepare for the SAT?
First and foremost, you should prepare for a long period of time with consistent and effective study patterns. Do not forget that you are studying for a test. The primary objective of this exam is to test your critical reasoning prowess using basic Math, English, and Reading skills. As a result, you should prepare by understanding the principles tested, the types of questions that are asked, and the typical tricks and pitfalls that the exam uses.
What are the most important mechanical aspects of writing? What are the most important motivational aspects of writing?
The most important mechanical aspects of writing are clarity, brevity, and a strong active voice. The most important motivational aspects of writing are clear intent, engaging delivery, and a solid work ethic.
Subject: US Government and Politics
Outline the monumental SCOTUS case, Marbury v. Madison. What was the outcome of the case? Why was this decision significant for the early court?
John Adams lost the 1800 Presidential Election to Thomas Jefferson. In return, Adams and the Federalist-heavy Congress passed the Judiciary Act of 1801. This action gave Adams the power to flood the circuit courts with new positions by creating extraneous judgeships on judicial courts. Moreover, Adams appointed forty-two new justices on the D.C. circuit. But former Secretary of State Marshall did not deliver the commissions of some appointees. Most notably, he did not deliver the commission for Mr. William Marbury. When the task fell to the incoming Secretary of State, Madison, he refused to deliver the commissions for the appointment. As a result, Marbury turned to the Supreme Court and requested that they impel Madison to carry out the commissions. The Court unanimously argued that Madison was illegally retaining commissions from their intended and expressed purpose. They ruled that Madison committed a transgression of the law by withholding the commissions from delivery. The Court asserted that once the President had signed and delivered the commission that the documents were no longer in consideration, but were enforced. Accordingly, Marbury held a right to the position granted in the commissions. Furthermore, the Court decided that the Constitution enabled the Supreme Court to control judicial oversight on the Constitutional adherence of laws. As a result, they rejected the Judiciary Act of 1789 and did not perform a writ of mandamus. This bears monumental significance for the early Supreme Court and the early United States Government. This case resolved the issue of which branch of government would decide whether a law was constitutional. It answered this question by constructing the concept of judicial review. The practice of judicial review states that the Supreme Court is the governing body on determining the Constitutionality of a law. Furthermore, it also established the boundaries of control for both the Supreme Court and Congress that strengthened the Constitutional principle of Checks and Balances.
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