Tutor profile: Tammie O.
How do you write an academic essay?
You read widely, take copious notes, and develop a sound knowledge both of the broader field and of the debate into which your essay will intervene. You develop an outline and a plan, both to test the feasibility of your thesis and to structure your arguments optimally. You come up with an argument. You should strongly support it. You structure it impeccably, with appropriate introduction, body, and conclusion. You use all that reading you’ve done to anticipate counter-arguments to your position, and you rebut them. You use all the academic turns of phrase you’ve learned, and above all else, you answer the question!
Subject: Study Skills
How does a student successfully study for an exam?
There is not one set of skills that works for everyone, but we can figure out which tips will help you specifically. However, the main ideas are: -Lay the groundwork -Start with the right mindset -Make a study schedule -Space out your study times -Choose a study place (or two) -Make sure you have only what you need -Try different study techniques -Use as many senses as possible -Cover more than one concept in a session -Take some breaks -Quiz yourself -Get enough sleep.
How can we motivate ourselves more effectively through reinforcement?
First, find something you really like to do or something you’d like to have that can, realistically, serve as a reward. Then, take the goal that you are hoping to achieve that, realistically, you could achieve but just haven’t succeeded at yet. Next, work backward from that goal to your present state. Arrange to give yourself those desired rewards as you inch closer from where you are now to the desired end point. As you start to make progress, only give yourself a reward when you’ve moved forward from where you are now.
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