Tutor profile: Abigail A.
How do I create a well-structured five-paragraph essay?
The flow of any essay ultimately depends upon the organizational structure of the thesis statement and the first and last sentences of each paragraph. You ought to begin the essay with an anecdote or intriguing introduction to the problem or concept at hand in order to grab the reader's attention. Your final sentence of the introduction paragraph should be your thesis sentence, which states your claim and qualifies it with three additional clauses. For instance, if you were writing an essay about how dogs are the best pet, you might say: Ultimately, dogs are superior to other common pet choices because they can be taught tricks, enjoy recreational activities, and are not averse to cuddling. Your three additional points used to support your thesis will become your body paragraph topics. (In the above example, you will have a body paragraph about being able to teach dogs tricks, their enjoyment of recreational activities, and their love of cuddling). Each of the three body paragraphs should begin with an introductory claim stating what you will prove for your thesis, using supporting examples and evidence to solidify your argument. Your final paragraph will be your conclusion, in which you will state anew your thesis and the three key supporting ideas, making note of vital evidence. Using this structure, your five-paragraph essay will be cohesive and organized.
Subject: Study Skills
I've procrastinated studying for an important exam, and it's tomorrow! How do I organize my lecture and book notes, using the few hours left to study wisely?
First, don't panic. Say you have only five hours total to study for this exam, and it is for Precalculus. If you set each hour for a specific goal to meet towards review and understanding of your subject, then your study time will be delegated wisely. Use one hour to review notes, taking notice of topics you are most unclear on. Use two hours to go back and solve a few different questions from each section of the chapter. Use two hours to complete a chapter practice exam provided through your book or by your teacher, and review the correct answers. While this format is variable depending upon subject matter and your preexisting familiarity and mastery, it is a time-maximizing strategy I have utilized often.
Subject: College Admissions
Are colleges and universities seeking to admit well-rounded students? How do you display your skills and experiences to make you among the most competitive?
While it is true that some universities are less stringent in their admissions requirements, more selective universities seek students that are not necessarily well-rounded, but display and pursue specific interests and talents. By relentlessly involving yourself in the subject areas you enjoy and are inclined to, you display your passion and become attractive to colleges seeking engaged and interested students. In order to increase your competitiveness, I can help you seek out involvement and leadership opportunities in and outside of school, strive for excellence in academics, and craft compelling admissions essays.
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