Tutor profile: Braden S.
I'm having a hard time getting research and putting it into my own words. How do I know when I am paraphrasing and when I am plagiarizing?
This can be a really tough concept for beginning writers! It seems so great when you find the exact information that you are looking for and it seems hard to put it into your own words. A good tip I like to start with, is that if you find something you really like, read it over carefully. Then close the tab, or put aside the book and write a sentence based on what you read. Often times your brain remembers the important parts of what happened, but not word for word what was already written. This can help to put it into your own words. If you later compare your writing and theirs and you have more than 5 words strung together that sound the exact same, you know you need to go back and edit your work. This can be hard though, and I have some great techniques and examples to work through together that can help power through this tough spot!
Subject: Study Skills
Flash cards don't work for me, what can I do to help myself study?
That's ok! Flash cards are a great tool, but they don't work for everybody. The first step to gaining study skills is to figure out what kind of learner you are. Not everyone learns the same way and that doesn't make one study technique right. Some people learn through listening, while others learn from watching or even participating in the action themselves. As we discuss what kind of learner you are, we can better understand the study techniques that you need to learn.
Subject: Basic Math
Sally wanted to create a planter box for all of her vegetables, but didn't want to have to buy more wood than necessary. She wanted to plot out just the right amount of space. She knew that for the inside of her box she would need 24 square feet of space. What are all the dimensions of boxes Sally could use to get 24 square feet of space?
If our inside area is 24 square feet we can work backwards to find out just what our dimensions could be. Based on the problem I know that if I draw a square of rectangle (because that is the shape of a box) and I put 24 inside that is the square feet I am trying to get too. I know that inside the box is the area, because that is the space that the inside takes up. To find area we need to find length x width. So I need to find out what x what will give me 24. Making a factor tree, or something similar that works for me, I can find all the numbers that multiply together to get 24. First I know anything multiplied by 1 gives me that original number. So 1 x 24 = 24. The first boxes dimensions could be 1 foot by 24 feet. Or 24 feet by 1 foot since it doesn't matter what order you multiply numbers, because you will always get the same answer. That is called the Commutative Property of Multiplication. Next I know that 3 x 8 also equals 24. So Sally can buy 3 feet by 8 feet, or 8 feet by 3 feet boards. I also know 24 is a multiple of 12. So if I have 12 x 2 that equals 24. So again, Sally can buy a 2 foot board by a 12 foot board and still get 24 square feet. My answer to Sally would be that she can buy a 1 ft. by 24 ft. board. A 12 ft. by 2 ft board or even a 3 ft. by 8 ft board in order to get the space inside she needs.
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