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Tutor profile: Jessica B.

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Jessica B.
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Subject: Study Skills

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Do all classes use the same skills?

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Study skills are a unique area. While the foundation for studying is required, there are classes that have to be approached differently when studying. A math class and a biology class will require separate resources to learn the material. Knowing how the brain learns is important to deciding how to utilize the time given for study. Cramming for exams may work in the short term, but the information will soon be replaced with other thoughts and ideas. I hope to work with students on building on to the foundations they already have.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Why is English a hard language to learn and what can you offer English as a Second Language learner?

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English is difficult. It could be said that it is one of the harder languages to learn, especially American English. American English tends to borrow words from other languages and use it. To make things worse, American slang combines two words to form a new one. Hangry, for example is a combination of hungry and angry. Hangry describes a person who hasn't eaten long enough to become upset at all of those around them. Formal, written English has many of its roots in the 1500s and 1600s during Shakespeare's time. While it has changed from then, many of the basics have stayed the same. For the last five years I have taught first year students how to write college level papers. Nouns and verbs have a certain way they are placed in the sentence and I have spent my life dedicated to the written word. I always enjoy seeing and hearing how English Language Learners use the words they are learning. They always give me a new appreciation for English.

Subject: US History

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Over the course of United States history, many people have longed to have a voice in the debate for equality. Describe how various groups have sought out equal rights within the context of United States history.

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The land of opportunity, freedom, unwritten promises, and a chance for something new; drew in myriads of people to the rugged landscape that changed after its finding was popularized. Whether people came to the beckoning shores in search of adventure, new life, payment of debt or duress; their stories form the backbone of the history of the United States. Men, women, and slaves all longed for their voices to be heard in the greater context of society; many still struggle to find equality in the United States. While the British were not the first to settle in North America, they capitalized on gaining ground through settlements in the New World. Now second sons of the landed gentry had more options to stretch their legs to find something new besides a religious or political office. Along with them came those who never hoped to own land in their lives. However, the Old World view followed many to a new area and those without land remained voiceless in the new settlements. In a few short years, this changed for all white men having a say in what happened in the settlements. The ladies began lifting their cries next. John Adams was one of the founding fathers of the United States. He worked with others, such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin to form a new government. Abigail Adams wrote her husband to “remember the ladies” in their arguments for framing the new Union. The worry of women taking over was prevalent and not all men listened to them at first. Around fifty years later several women including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, decreed women were just as equal as the men. Other women concluded all men had a mother who taught them everything first and not to forget it. The struggle was long debated and still is as a result of women putting someone else before them in the struggle for freedom. Scholars have noted how women may have more equal rights sooner if they did not choose to champion the rights of black slaves first. Everyone’s freedom was at stake. Slavery became a security blanket for the southern plantations and the fear of change encouraged the suppression of knowledge among those in the grips of oppression. There were times when slaves were placed into the prison system, for safe keeping, a punishment, or a fugitive slave being returned. The south also placed abolitionists among the jailed. Freedom and education were found within the confines of brick and mortar buildings. Unfortunately, the end of slavery in the south did not allow all to be held equally under the law until around one hundred years later and beyond. Societal chains still hold people back today and the fight for equality continues for their descendants and others. After the 1800s, any time a new group of immigrants crossed the borders of the United States; they were met with cynicism and distrust. All from southeastern Europe or Catholic Europe were only allowed to hold the menial jobs. Asians coming into California were treated with disdain. Yet society would not function the same if it were not for the wisdom they provided. No one should forget the people who called North America home for centuries before Erik Erikson or Christopher Columbus. The indigenous tribes and the Latino populations were forced to accept the change levied upon them. They pushed back in war, and one hundred years later during the protest marches of the 1960s and ‘70s they marched in the streets for recognition. There is always room for improvement. Today, another group of people add their voices to ever growing tapestry. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community have rich history to draw on as they bring awareness to their own inequality. Many changes have already been made, with many more in the foreseeable future. While seemingly recent, their story began in the ancient world. The LGBTQ history was brought to the forefront in U.S. history with the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Time will tell and history will record their stories. Equality is a difficult thing to obtain. Hundreds of people spent their lives searching for it so the next generation could reap the benefits of their labor. Several groups still struggle with the country’s lack of fairness for all. Each group brings a new and complex layer to what previous generations have long fought to obtain. It is the hope that all will receive the same treatment, but it can be lost in a generation if people do not maintain their voices in the crowd.

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