Tutor profile: Jordanna R.
How do I plan an essay?
Writing on a particular topic can sometimes feel daunting. However, if you are able to come up with a good strategy for planning an essay, you will find that the writing process will go more smoothly and you can save yourself a lot of time during the editing process. Here are some steps to help you get started: 1. Brainstorm: Consider the topic you're writing on and simply list what comes to mind, such as hot-button issues, important considerations, related current events, etc. 2. Define your position: Be able to state your argument in a single sentence. 3. Identify your reasons: Pick out at least three of the key points you want to use to convince the reader. 4. Cite examples: Identify examples that illustrate each of the points you are trying to make. 5. Select references: If appropriate, choose some sources that give validity to your argument (e.g. short quotes, statistics, studies), keeping in mind that an essay is generally limited in length. 5. Drive it home: Determine what the message is that you want the reader to take away from your essay.
Subject: Study Skills
How do I break the habit of procrastinating?
Different people procrastinate for different reasons; therefore, the answer depends somewhat on the individual circumstances. However, here are a few tips to help you break the habit of putting things off until the last minute: 1. Identify what makes you procrastinate. Do you forget about assignments and test? Does your time tend to get sucked up by work, family or social functions? Do you plan to study, but then become distracted by other things? Awareness of the pitfalls can help you become more proactive in avoiding them before they happen. 2. Plan your study time. We plan our work hours, family responsibilities and even what we do on the weekends. This means we need to block out time for study as well, so write it in to your calendar! Some things to consider are amount of time needed, how much you can do efficiently at one time, what time of the day your mind is the sharpest, when you can find time that will allow for the fewest distractions, etc. 3. If you have a big assignment due, such as a term paper, a project or an exam, break up into shorter smaller steps to avoid feeling overwhelmed by a huge task. 4. When studying, minimize distractions. Find some place that is quiet. Close all windows in your browser except the ones you need open work. If it's not needed, put all media away. Turn off your phone, or at least the notifications. 5. If something comes up that interferes with your planned study time, be sure to reschedule it. 6. Schedule in some down time. You can't study all the time! The mind and body need breaks. Give yourself time to relax, exercise, spend time with friends and get good rest.
Subject: Music Theory
How do I determine if a triad is major, minor, augmented or diminished?
To determine the type of triad, you must examine the intervals of which the triad is composed. Each interval is some sort of third, but the question is: is it a minor third or a major third? Looking at the triad, determine whether the bottom interval is a major or minor. Then do the same for the top interval. Now, you can determine the type of triad based on these definitions: Bottom: Major, Top: Minor = Major Bottom: Minor, Top: Major = Minor Bottom: Major, Top: Major = Augmented Bottom: Minor, Top: Minor = Diminished
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