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Tutor profile: Laura D.

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Laura D.
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Subject: Spanish

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Question:

What is the difference between Ser and Estar and how do I know when to use them?

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Laura D.
Answer:

Ser and Estar are both ways to say "to be" in Spanish. I like to use an acronym to remember when to use them. For Ser, the acronym is DOCTOR, this stands for Date, Occupation, Characteristic, Time, Origin, and Relation. For Estar, the acronym I use is PLACE, Position, Location, Action, Condition, Emotion.

Subject: Writing

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How do I come up with my claim or thesis statement?

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Laura D.
Answer:

It can be tricky to come up with a thesis statement, and often they require multiple revisions, but its all just a part of the writing process. First, I would have you take a look at the prompt and gather all the information you have on the topic, this may mean doing some preliminary research to determine what questions have been asked before about this topic. Once you have gathered a good basis for the topic, it is time to draft an idea that can be specific enough to apply to one cohesive paper, but broad enough to keep the reader interested. Often times the thesis statement needs to be revised once you start writing. I like to check back in on my thesis periodically throughout my writing process to make sure I am staying on track, or decide if I need to change it a bit.

Subject: Psychology

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Can you explain how the different systems in Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory apply and interact with each other?

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Laura D.
Answer:

Great question, Bronfenbrenner's ecoclogical systems theory demonstrates how there are many factors that influence an individual. The center of the circle represents the Individual, and each concentric ring represents a social system that effects the psyche of the center circle (individual). The next ring outside of the individual is called the Microsystem, this system includes other people and institutions that the individual has direct relation too, for example, families, friends, peers, coworkers, and health services. The next ring is called the mesosystem, this ring represents the interaction between the Micro and the Exosystem. The Exosystem comes next and represents less direct interactions such as the mass media, social welfare services, and legal services. Next, there is the Macroystem which represents the attitudes and ideologies of the culture. Finally, we have the Chronosystem which represents major life events during the time of the individual, such as the COVID19 Pandemic. The overall idea of this theory is to demonstrate how complex and interconnected an individual's life is to others and to the community.

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