Tutor profile: Ellen A.
Which subject area should I prioritize studying for in order to increase my score the most?
The "bad" news: the answer to that question is different for everyone. It depends on your current scores, how much time you have to study, and how you learn. The good news: a tutor (i.e. me!) can easily help you make a personalized study plan in order to maximize your time and scores! In some cases, it is best to focus on a student's weakest area as there is the biggest room for improvement. In other cases, a strong area may be made significantly stronger with just one or two easy tricks. Whatever the case, I am here to help!
How do you approach a complex question or word problem that seems overwhelming?
The first step is to write out all of the knowns and unknowns. Even if this seems like a waste of time, it can provide some direction for where to start. Then, figure out which of the unknowns you have enough information to solve for, and keep working your way through them until you have the answer you are solving for. This may seem "easier said than done," which is no doubt true, but once you practice enough it will come much easier to you!
What are the three best ways to elevate my writing?
The first is using concise language. A few things to look for are passive voice, filler words, and sentences or words that don't add value. The second is using appropriate diction. Some words that students use interchangeably don't have the same connotations and can convey a different meaning to the reader. And finally, writing as simply as possible. Although this may seem counterintuitive, using big words or jargon when it isn't necessary can make the information you are trying to convey more confusing.
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