Tutor profile: Samantha F.
How do I make my writing sound better or flow more smoothly?
Omit needless words. This was the advice my 6th-grade teacher gave me and I've never forgotten it. While it's tempting to fill up your writing with lots of fancy vocabulary, writing succinctly is more impressive and more effective. As a reader, I don't want to get bogged down by heavy words that make the writing clumsy. It is also easy to tell when the writer is not familiar with using those words. Instead, try writing within your given vocabulary and make that sound as streamlined as possible. Long sentences can almost always be broken into two! Avoid the passive voice. I am more than ready to help with these writing mechanics and more!
Subject: US History
How can I learn chronologies or lots of names/dates effectively? How do I manage a lot of reading?
To learn and/or memorize a lot of information, I like to use Quizlet or handwrite flashcards that I can quiz myself on. I also find that studying with friends can be very useful for this type of thing because we can quiz each other and help teach each other. Teaching your friends about events can be one the most effective ways to learn something for yourself! Managing a heavy reading load is challenging but not impossible. Reading strategically is a useful skill. How do I skim a page and still get the salient points out? How do I break up my reading ahead of time? Being able to skim effectively and plan ahead for your reading are key skills to be successful in any history class!
How can I write a strong introductory paragraph?
Your introduction paragraph should help your reader understand what the paper or essay will be about. It should draw the reader in with a hook sentence at the beginning, set up the context for the paper's topic with some background information, introduce your argument in your thesis statement, and signpost the essay. 1. The hook sentence should be engaging and tantalizing, prompting the reader to dive into the essay. It can be general. It often helps for this sentence to be short, too. 2. Setting up the context with background info should be brief yet succinct, offering the necessary facts that help the reader understand why this paper is being written or perhaps what about this topic is important. It might introduce the problem or give a statistic/background facts. This would only be 1-3 sentences, depending on the length of your paper. Keep it brief! Only the most necessary info to help your reader understand the context should be included. 3. Your thesis statement is the crux of your argument. It is not a summary of a study, an article, or a book. It is not a quotation. It is your authentic ideas, position, or stance on a particular topic. What are your arguing in your paper? Why are you writing this paper? What is the importance of what you are writing about? WHY does this matter? When you write your thesis statement, ask yourself these questions. It helps me to start my thesis with "Although…" statements or "While…" 4. Signposting the essay is giving the reader a guide for what's coming next. This can be called a structure statement as well. What will I say in the upcoming paragraphs? What are the more specific arguments I am employing to prove or explain my thesis statement? I am happy to help with introductory paragraphs and more!
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