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Tutor profile: Hannah J.

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Hannah J.
Yale University Student Majoring in Psychology
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Subject: Writing

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Essays have a typical structure that best facilitates understanding of an idea. What are a few things that make an essay weaker than they could be?

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Passive voice is a big problem in essays. Instead of using active voice; for example; "John and Jamie ate the apple," passive voice sounds weaker; for example, "The apple was eaten by John and Jamie." The use of the word "was" suggests the subject is no longer acting on the verb. Another example of weaknesses in essays include overusing phrases. If you use examples from a text, repeating the phrase "this shows" over and over again weakens the essay. Proper citation is important as well, therefore; learning the differences between MLA, APA, and Chicago is important.

Subject: Psychology

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Freud was a groundbreaking psychologist, as his theory of Id, Ego, and Superego all cohabiting the brain was revolutionary for his time. Although much of Freud's work is disproven today, what aspect of his research still impacts psychology?

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Freud suggested that the main influence on the human mind is the environment the individual grows up in. This theory paved the way for modern psychological research and now psychologists can claim some environmental components as risk factors for certain psychological diseases.

Subject: Literature

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Jane Austin opens Pride and Prejudice opens with the classic line "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." This comment on gender dynamics in the early 1800s offers a lens through which to view the relationships of the characters in Pride and Prejudice. What other major component of Pride and Prejudice is foreshadowed with this opening line?

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Jane Austin not only sets the stage for gender disparities in Pride and Prejudice, but class disparities as well. Austin suggests, even within this first line, that it is those with fortune with more opportunities than those with little or no fortune. The gender dynamics coupled with a vicious class divides make Pride and Prejudice an insightful social critique into the lives of people who lives in the 1800s. And that is only in the first line!

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