Tutor profile: Genesis G.
Subject: Study Skills
What are 3 ways that you can strengthen your study skills?
The first way to strengthen my study skills is by becoming an active learner. For example, while reading, I can become "active" by using a pen or highlighter to mark my textbook, making note of questions, reactions, or predictions that I may have instead of just passively reading the text. A second way is making sure I have a designated "study space" at home. As comfortable as it may be to study in bed, sitting in a chair, as opposed to lounging in my bed, can help me feel more alert and focused. Lastly, I can strengthen my study skills by making sure my phone is on silent and, more importantly, out of sight. By simply having my phone on my desk (even if it's on silent!) can be distracting and cause me to lose track of the task at hand.
Subject: Ethnic Studies
What is the "black-white" binary and how does it perpetuate discrimination?
The "black-white" binary is the framework through which race is most commonly viewed, analyzed, and understood. Everywhere from political debates and research papers to films and commonplace dialogue, race is almost always examined by comparing the experience of Whites to that of Blacks and vice versa. This perpetuates the false narrative that racism only exists between Blacks and Whites and consequently, that the impact of racism can only be measured by the differences in experiences of these two racial groups. This binary perpetuates discrimination as it further makes invisible other racial groups and the specific racisms that those other groups may face. Groups that have been largely affected by this binary have been Native Americans and Asian Americans.
What is a 'hidden curriculum" and give 2 examples of how it can be taught in the classroom.
The "hidden curriculum" is the set of unspoken lessons that are often unknowingly taught to students by their educators. One of the main ways the "hidden curriculum" is taught in the classroom is through interactions teachers have with their students. For example, a teacher may unknowingly interact with a student differently because of their gender, race, or religious identity, giving them preferential or disadvantageous treatment. Through these interactions, the teacher subconsciously sends a particular message to that student about their value. A second example can be found within the curriculum itself. If the syllabus of an Intro to Poetry Course only includes poetry written within a particular era or by poets of the same identity, it can subtly send the message that poetry is only poetry if it meets this particular criteria, implicitly defining other kinds of poetry and poets as potentially illegitimate, unprofessional, or of less value.
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