Tutor profile: Cristen W.
What is a thesis, and how do I write one?
A thesis is a sentence or two that explains what you're aiming to discuss (and possibly prove) throughout your paper. It's similar to the topic sentence of a paragraph. A good thesis should be clear and concise. It should provide enough information for the reader to understand what the paper will be about, but it should not be so long that the reader cannot understand what the goal is. When writing a thesis, it can be helpful to focus on a very specific term or concept to elaborate on. By keeping a thesis specific, as opposed to a more generalized main idea, you will be able to pinpoint exact terms, quotes, and ideas to prove your point.
Subject: Study Skills
After school, I find it so hard to focus! I start to do my homework but get very tired and can't finish the assignments. What do I do?
It doesn't hurt to take a break after you come home from school because you've been sitting all day and concentrating for many hours. When you get home, have a snack, watch television, or do something else to unwind for 20-30 minutes. Then, you can begin your homework. Rank your assignments based on difficulty. Try to think about which assignments are the most confusing or time-consuming. It can be helpful to do those first and complete them while you still have a lot of energy. That way, as the night progresses and you find yourself becoming tired, you'll only have to focus on the easier ones that won't require as much brainpower.
What do I do if I'm not familiar with the meanings of a word in the book I'm reading?
When you're unsure about the meaning of a word, you don't immediately have to find a dictionary. First, try to sound out the word (either in your head or out loud). Then, look at the words before and after this one word to try and understand what else is happening in the sentence. You may need to reread a few sentences or read a few sentences ahead to see how the sentence as a whole fits into the story. If you feel as though you can understand what the author is trying to say, you can try to guess what this word might mean compared to other words you are already familiar with and proceed with reading. Make a note of it and look up the word later.
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