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Tutor profile: Whitney T.

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Whitney T.
Honors Economics and Business Graduate
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Subject: Writing

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I just completed my first draft on a paper about why I believe Abraham Lincoln made a greater impact on the United States of America during his presidency than George Washington. Upon reading it, I was disappointed that my case doesn't come across very strong. Are there any tips you can give me to make a more powerful argument?

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Answer:

First off, well done finishing the first draft! You've gotten through the hardest part of the assignment. To answer your question, I have listed three suggestions to strengthen your case: 1. Rather than ignoring George Washington's contributions or attempting to claim he didn't make any difference in the United States, acknowledge the impact he made before focusing on Abraham Lincoln. Doing so will help ground your argument in reality, gaining you credibility with your audience. 2. Examine the examples you give for how Abraham Lincoln impacted the United States. Make sure that they are specific and clear, including numerical facts where appropriate. 3. Eliminate "fluff" about Abraham Lincoln. Stick to giving a string of clear examples of how he impacted America rather than making generalized statements about what a "great leader" he was. I hope this helps!

Subject: Pre-Algebra

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In order to solve a single-variable equation in which the variable appears more than once, what is the very first step you should take?

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The first step you should take is beginning to combine the variables in the equation so you isolate them from the constant numbers. To help remember, you can think of this as separating the dry ingredients from the wet ingredients when baking a cake.

Subject: Microeconomics

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Explain how the dollar price of an item is determined in the marketplace.

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In the marketplace, the dollar price of an item is determined by the law of supply and demand. For example, if demand goes up for apples (i.e. more people want to buy apples) and the supply of apples does not change (i.e. farmers don't automatically provide more apples just because people want them), then the price for apples will increase because more people are interested in buying the limited number of apples that are available.

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