Tutor profile: Hannah M.
I need to write a paper, but I don't feel like I'm good at writing and don't know where to start. How do I start writing a paper when I don't feel confident?
Getting started is definitely the most difficult part of writing a paper. When you're starting out, try not to worry about how "good" your writing or grammar is. You're going to have different drafts of a paper, so in a later draft you'll take a look at those things. For now, it's best to start by just writing down everything that you have in your brain about your paper topic! You can call this brainstorming, or some people even call it "word vomit". Don't worry about complete sentences, grammar, or even full words. Just write down everything you know about the topic, everything you want to include in your paper, and things you may need to research more about. Then, we can take that information and put it into an outline! This outline will be like a "skeleton" that we can build off of for a first draft. Again, during brainstorming and outlining, writing expertise and grammar don't matter!
Subject: Study Skills
I'm having a hard time studying because I feel like I am way too busy and there is never enough time in the day to study as much as I need to. How can I make more time in my day to study?
I think a lot of students struggle with this, I know I did! A method that helped me the most was called time management. Basically, I did have enough time in my day to do everything, but I wasn't managing it well! I would spend too much time on some things and not enough on studying, or I would get stuck studying one subject and lose too many hours only focused on that subject. What helped me the most was scheduling out each day, hour by hour. You can use a lot of different tools for this. I prefer a paper planner, but there are tons of online tools, both apps and websites, as well as other print options! Do you feel like you work better with paper and pen, or with technology and digital tools?
Subject: Library and Information Science
I need help researching how people's gender identities affect the way that they interact with others and present themselves in public.
Great question! Let's start by defining some keywords that we can use in databases! Make sure to write these down, because you'll want to create a "keyword bank" so that you can collect keywords and try different methods of adding them with boolean operators. Let's try these keywords first, "identity formation", "gender", "psychology". Let's put them all together using the boolean operator AND. Want to try this in a database? I would suggest *name of available psychology database here, perhaps Gale Psychology if it was available in their online resources*.
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