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Lauren S.
English & Film Major, former IB student
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Study Skills
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Question:

Often times students say they have a hard time studying because they never feel like they can retain information enough. How can a student struggling with this issue be confident in their study skills?

Lauren S.
Answer:

One of the most important thing a student can learn is which study techniques and skills work for them personally, because in most cases, the way that one student may prefer studying, will not work for another student. A way to discover the techniques that work for a student that is struggling is to first decide if they are a visual, auditory, or a writing leaner, or even a mix of 2 or 3 of these types. For visual, a student may find that a diagram will help them visualize the solution to a problem. Students who prefer auditory learning may find that listening to explanations, or repeating notes to themselves out loud can help their memory when memorizing for a class. Writing learnings are those who are able to retain information better by rewriting notes multiple times. By first deciding which kind of learning a student is, they can then start to find study skills that work best for them, because even though flash cards may work for one student, they may be difficult for another student.

Film and Theater
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Question:

Film forms are often attributed to certain time periods, as well as being influenced by other forms and genres of films. Compare two film forms that occurred during separate time periods and how they can both be seen in one film.

Lauren S.
Answer:

The classical and art film forms were two prominent forms of the 1900's. The classical film emerged in the 1920's and remained popular until around the 1960s. As well, the art film form occurred in the period after the 1950's, building upon the ideals of the classical form, and can still be seen in modern films of the 2010's. Because of the major influence of the classical form's ideals, such as its use of quick manufacturing of films and its strict filmmaking rules, on the art film, the two forms often blend and the specifics of each form can be seen in some films. With modernism, character realism, and romanticism emerging with the art films, a film such as 'The Graduate' (1967) can be seen as a blend of the two forms. The Graduate presents a young, main character with the traits of the art form, while presenting the older characters as portrayals of the classical form. With the interaction between the generations, the blending of the classical and art forms are compared in the film.

English
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Question:

Students who study english language and literature through their academic lives are often taught that an essay with a three paragraph body, with an introduction and conclusion paragraph adding up to a total of five paragraphs, is the ideal english literature essay form. In what way is the popularity of teaching the five paragraph essay structure a negative way to educate a student on essay writing.

Lauren S.
Answer:

Many students are often told to stick to the common five paragraph (introduction, three body paragraphs, and conclusion) essay structure since they are first introduced to essay writing in either middle school or high school. Although this structure is extremely popular, it does not allow for a student to properly grow their essay writing skills through high school, and therefore, when entering university or college, these students are unable to keep up with increasingly difficult essays that require a higher level of writing and understanding of a topic. Because these students have been told to write only three body paragraphs, they are not able to expand their thoughts on an essay topic to their full potential as they are never able to practice writing essays with two body paragraphs, or essays with many more body paragraphs than three.

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