Tutor profile: Eve W.
How do I get my writing to flow?
1) Use a combination of simple and complex sentences! While this may sound like it would accomplish just the opposite, a mixture of pithy and wordy sentences creates a more visually interesting text, and thus helps drag the readers' eyes across the page in a more cohesive manner. 2) Utilize transitional words! Be sure to pick and choose when you insert such words as they can become easily overused, but the occasional "subsequently" or "comparatively" can simultaneously tie ideas together and introduce new concepts without feeling like a forcefully inserted transition. 3) Be creative with the physical structure of your writing! If some ideas are more powerful written on their own in smaller paragraphs, don't feel obliged to combine them with other thoughts; unless the assignment necessitates a sentence minimum per paragraph you have leeway to format your thoughts as you deem suitable. A lot of the time smaller paragraphs are inserted in between larger, analytical paragraphs, and serve to draw connections between the two ideas as well as to introduce the proceeding thoughts.
Subject: Study Skills
How do I create an effective study guide?
Study guide's vary in structure depending on the student's type of learning style. Linguistic learners for example, may benefit from developing simulated lesson plans for their desired topic. The act of writing their presentation builds muscle memory and verbally reciting the content to an engaged audience requires the student to be prepared to answer questions on the subject and to actively understand the content in order to actually teach it. Spatial learners on the other hand, may opt to create flow charts or complex word webs; tactfully color coding diagrams is a major help for visual learners, as their brains are prone to remembering visual associations after the stimulus is removed--if the definition of photosynthesis is written in green a spatial learner will be more likely to remember its correlation to plants.
How do I dissect complex literature for its meaning?
The beauty of literature exists in its ability to convey a multitude of messages within the confines of its pages. It is not the readers job to "interrogate" the text for these meanings, but to instead find the passages that resonate with them, as these personal connections are what further meaningful analysis that extends beyond understanding the text on the surface level and towards drawing connections between the written words and your own experiences. Readers can than adopt differing analytical lenses (i.e. marxist, gender, race, etc) in order to understand the many meanings of the text, as applicable to various facets of the human experience.
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