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Tutor profile: Kimberly W.

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Kimberly W.
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Subject: Writing

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Why do non-English majors have to take college writing courses?

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Answer:

Even if you hate writing classes (but of course you don’t!), guess what? These are the most important courses you will take in college. There is a good reason why introductory composition courses are required by every college in the United States—the hallmark of a college education is polished professional communication skills in spoken and written English. Skills including analysis, argumentation, and the ability to present information in clear, concise language with nuance and depth will prepare students for the professional world, but perhaps even more importantly, offer the opportunity to become well-informed, open-minded citizens and lifelong learners.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Why is it necessary to learn the English language?

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Thank you for asking! Although all the languages in the world are amazing and beautiful, it turns out that English has emerged as the most commonly used language in professional, political, and business communications on every continent. By learning to communicate well in written and spoken English, you will broaden your world. From job opportunities to interacting with people from many cultures, you will gain access to a greater variety of experiences and information.

Subject: English

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Aren't most English classes a waste of time if I'm not an English major?

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Kimberly W.
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Well, if you are asking this question, I suppose that is why you are here. You have found yourself bored and slightly stuck. You will not be surprised to hear me say that I really hate this question, because unfortunately, it may be frequently true. High school teachers are often overloaded and have to deal with unmotivated students who have often been told that nothing they learn in English class will be useful in the future. Many teachers often resort to trying to make the class "fun" by doing video projects, spending weeks on peer review, or having lengthy class discussions rather than mastering grammar, sentence construction, and other "boring" yet extremely important skills that are pre-requisites for college. If you want to know the truth, there is no "hack" for learning how to write. Everything worth doing requires effort and delayed gratification. I am here to help guide you toward original, strong writing that will impress your college professors, and hopefully, your future employers.

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