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Tutor profile: Nancy H.

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Subject: Writing

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Explain "passive voice" and tell me why many teachers and professors frown upon it.

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Answer:

The main objection to using passive voice is that it can reduce writing clarity. Passive voice is not grammatically incorrect. There are times when use is alright. Use of the passive voice may reduce the effect of the assignment, paper or other writings.

Subject: Study Skills

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When working on improving study skills, we say to do only one thing at a time instead of multitasking. Explain why and give an example of how you can improve study skills.

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Many studies show that multitasking slows the study process down. Find a quiet place to work on an assignment, put the smart phone away and shut down your email. In other words, work away from distractions so you can focus and think in more depth. According to the APA (American Psychological Association) multitasking " takes a toll on productivity".

Subject: Psychology

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Based on readings from Skinner's "About Behaviorism" as well as class discussions, explain Skinner;s view or definition of "Mentalism".

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Based on his book, "About Behaviorism", Mentalism refers to the philosophy explaining away behaviors in a superficial or intangible way. Mentalism refers to the idea that behaviors are a product of thoughts and feelings whereas Skinner looks at behaviors more in terms of physical events. Skinner, having developed the philosophy of Radical Behaviorism was vehemently opposed to Mentalism. Mentalists use subjective terminology while Skinner is looks to the science for an explanation instead nonphysical dimensions. Skinner'quote, “Mentalistic theories are subject to changes in fashion and, as in history of clothing or architecture, one has only to wait long enough to find an earlier view back in style.”

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