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Tutor profile: Amy B.

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Amy B.
Tutor with MA in English with 15 years experience
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

How do you write a strong body paragraph in an essay?

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Answer:

The structure of a strong academic body paragraph should start with an intentional outline. Students often simply sit down and write a paragraph from beginning to end, not considering the framework needed to clearly direct the reader through their assertion. If the writer instead outlines the topic sentences, then gives evidence which supports that idea, followed by why that evidence supports the topic, students ensure that everything included in that paragraph stays focused and on track. In cases where more than one piece of evidence is needed or desired, parts two and three should be repeated. By creating a strong outline, students ensure that their paragraph tight and effective.

Subject: Literature

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Why is it important to study plot when reading literature?

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Answer:

While the basics of plot are one of the most straightforward of the elements of literature, it is important to study its usage because the identification of the key moments in a plot can direct the reader to understand the purpose of the story. If the reader diagrams the events of a story, an aerial view can be achieved and the big picture seen. This perspective allows for a better understanding of the theme as well as how interweaving stories work together for a common purpose. With most of the other elements the reader is so focused on the details that the author's overarching intent can be lost. Though not adequate if examined in isolation, plot provides the reader a framework in which to place the other elements during the course of analysis.

Subject: English

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Question:

How do you translate the five-paragraph essay form into a longer paper while maintain clarity of structure?

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The five paragraph essay can be extremely helpful when writing a longer paper as long as the thesis addresses the three main points, while the body of the essay break down those ideas into even smaller pieces. Instead of only writing one paragraph per assertion, the writer should create sub-points for each main topic and give each of points their own paragraph. Many students do not subdivide their ideas but instead include everything in a simple paragraph. The issue with this method is that each paragraph then contains too much information. When applying the formula of the five paragraph essay to longer work, students need to remove their focus from the idea that there should be only three body paragraphs and instead focus on streamlining their thesis to contain three points that can be supported in multiple body paragraphs.

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