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Tutor profile: Rebecca M.

Rebecca M.
Librarian w/ English Composition & Writing Tutoring experience

Questions

Subject: Writing

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Question:

What are comma splices and how does one avoid using them?

Rebecca M.
Answer:

A comma splice is a common grammar error when two independent clauses (or two complete sentences) are incorrectly joined by a comma to make one sentence. There are three easy ways to correct a comma splice: 1. Use a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, yet, nor, for, so) after the comma. (INCORRECT) I like eating sushi, pizza is my favorite. (CORRECT) I like eating sushi, but pizza is my favorite. 2. Change the comma to semicolon. (INCORRECT) She went to the store, she purchased bananas. (CORRECT) She went to the store; She purchased bananas. 3. Change the comma to a period. (INCORRECT) I am going to play soccer today, it will be good exercise. (CORRECT) I am going to play soccer today. it will be good exercise.

Subject: Study Skills

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Question:

Is time management an important skill to adapt when it comes to your educational plan?

Rebecca M.
Answer:

Time management is an essential tool when it comes to study skills. It is defined as "the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities." Incorporating good time management into your educational plan will enable you to accomplish more and reduce stress.

Subject: English

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Question:

Is research important when writing an essay and how is it best to incorporate research?

Rebecca M.
Answer:

Yes! Research is extremely important when writing an essay. This is particularly true when writing an informative, persuasive or argumentative essay. In each of these essays the writer needs to make a claim or claims and then back those claims up with credible, reliable and up-to-date facts. If there is no supportive evidence, then the claim is just an opinion. The best methods to incorporating research or a fact into a paper are: 1. Summarizing - expressing the basic argument and essential points of supportive evidence 2. Paraphrasing - restating or re-interpretation of another person's ideas in your own words 3. Quoting - using the exact words from an original source starting and ending with quotation marks.

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