Tutor profile: Peyton H.
I am a college student in an introductory Public Health course and I have a 5 page paper on a public health issue due in 2 days and all I have is an outline and a tentative thesis statement. Can you help me organize my thoughts and provide feedback on my thesis statement and paper structure?
Before discussing their outline and thesis, I'll review with them the task at hand. I always ask students for a copy or summary of the actual assignment to get some background knowledge on what it is they are trying to accomplish in any given written assignment. In this case, the assignment is a paper on a public health issue. We'll discuss the key points that they need to address in the paper as well as the issue that they are choosing to focus on (in this case, let's say it is smoking). After that, I will go over their thesis statement and outline with them. For the thesis statement, I will look for the specific issue they are going to address regarding smoking and the way in which they are formulating their argument. In going through their outline with them, we will break down the outline by topics and discuss how the outline will translate into a paper that will flow from one paragraph of meaningful content to the next. We will also discuss the sources being used, citation style, and overall paper structure. The goal is to have a strong outline and thesis by the end of the session that will allow the student to have a strong guide to go by. If the student feels good about his or her outline, thesis, and sources, the actual writing portion will come more naturally to the student.
Subject: Study Skills
I have 3 tests on the same day a week from now. How do I study for them without becoming completely overwhelmed and having to cram the night before?
Create a schedule for yourself that is blocked in time increments for each subject. Let's say the tests you need to study for are English, Biology, and Algebra. Before diving into studying for these exams, write down the topics that will be covered on each exam and highlight the areas of information that you struggle with. Then, using your notes, readings, and any other materials that you may utilize to study, create study guides or note cards that will make studying easier for each subject. From here, create daily study schedules for yourself. Study in 15-30 minute intervals for each subject and make sure to specifically focus on areas that you are confused by or need extra time learning. Do a little for every subject each day or break up days by subject (Monday for Bio, Tuesday for English, Wednesday for Algebra, etc.). Make sure to relax and do a little at a time so that the night before your exams, you are not cramming a lot of information or feeling overwhelmed. Review your materials the night before and get a good night of sleep. You got this.
Subject: Political Science
What is the difference between federalists and anti-federalists?
Federalists believed that the U.S. Constitution provided a means for centralizing power in the federal government. Anti-federalists opposed the ratification of the Constitution because they were fearful of a centralized federal government that would reign superior over state institutions.
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