Tutor profile: Elaine C.
How do you remember whether to refer to yourself as "me" or "I" in a list?
Colloquially, many people use these terms interchangeably ("me and my friends went swimming"; "you can come with him and I") and since these phrases may sound right to us, it can be confusing. The easiest way to decide whether your choice is grammatically correct (even more important in writing than speaking) is to remove everyone else in the list. It would not make sense to say "me went swimming" or "you can come with I." Therefore, those sentences would be corrected as "my friends and I went swimming" and "you can come with him and me."
What are some ways to keep from forgetting the key signature while playing a piece?
The key signature - the sharps or flats at the beginning of each line of music - is important because it sets the piece to a specific tonic (the "do" or main note of the scale). Something that has helped me, particularly with key changes in a piece, includes playing the scale that corresponds to the key signature(s) in the music, so I have a mental picture of not only the right keys to press but also roughly the way the notes should sound. Practicing sight-reading can help as well, because it forces you to quickly adapt to whatever key signature is on the page in front of you.
What is a good way to identify different types of figurative language?
Figurative language falls into several different categories. For example, an onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like what it describes (such as "boom" or "swish"); a metaphor compares the literal object of the text to something else without the use of "like" or "as." Identifying all the forms of figurative language in a text can sometimes take several different readings. Typically, figurative language makes a text more interesting - saying "my brother is a little monster" is more captivating than "my brother is loud and rude." It is important to recognize all the words and phrases contributing to the overall "feel" of a moment in the text.