# Tutor profile: Jessie L.

## Questions

### Subject: TOEFL

What is a clear procedure to follow when outlining for the writing section in five minutes?

First thiry seconds: Highlight at most three key terms in the prompt. Focus on the key terms as main topics. Next three minutes: List related stories within personal memory, either of your own or some else's stories that doesn't need to be well-known. Choose the best one for each key term. These are your three supporting paragraphs! If you only came up with two, please work with them for now and move on to the next step - you might think of one more example after you start writing. Final one minute and thirty seconds: Find one common characteristic in all three stories. Connect the dots into one sentence as your thesis statement and conclusion idea. Voilà! You have your main ideas for beginning and end.

### Subject: Pre-Calculus

What are tips to factor the quadratic polynomial 3x^2 - 12x + 12 in a clear set of steps?

Step 1: The trick is to start from x, the variable. First find the term with the highest power of x. The answer is 3x^2 in this case. Step 2: We want to make x^2 separate for the sake of factoring - let's make 3*(x^2) out this term. Step 3: Factor the same number "3" from the remaining terms, just as outside the brackets of 3(x^2). We'd get 3*(x^2) -3*(4x) +3*(4) which equals 3*(x^2 - 4x +4). Next step is when we focus on the terms within the brackets, (x^2 - 4x +4). Step 4: The new polynomial x^2 - 4x +4 can be seen as (x + number1)*(x + number 2). We can first list possible candidates for number1 and number 2 by factoring for the constant 4, which has four possibilities: 1*4, (-1)*(-4), 2*2, (-2)*(-2). Multiply each pair of candidates with x and add, we obtain 5x, -5x, 4x and -4x respectively. The last one matches with the middle term in our new polynomial, hence we have solved number1=number2= -2. Complete answer: 3x^2 - 12x + 12 = 3*(x - 2)*(x - 2)

### Subject: Study Skills

Could you describe how you have decided on your goals in learning personal finance and take actions to make progress towards your goals?

Using my own actionable strategy that I've developed through trial and error, I am studying my sixth training course in personal finance now. As a previous student who struggled through 90% of subjects due to familial reasons resulting in rapid change of learning environments, I'm sure if the strategy can help me, it can help you too. The key is: think about the version of you that you want to be at in just five years - are you sure you'd rather be unable to do things you dream of yet? My answer is no and my secret to taking action is to have a routine for every five weeks - here, the number of weeks could be redesigned depending on personal preference. 1.The first step is always to use only three to five minutes maximum and set up a goal for how many topics to focus on for the period of time. For example, typically I decided to limit my topics to three, and I have a plan made for how to study each topic based on the guidance from the SMART principles (please feel free to Google the term for elaboration). 2.The second step is to record how I act on my plan, using a spreadsheet or notebook for taking note of my time spent on daily tasks and respective efficiency levels. Since it's a personal plan, I record starting and ending times for all tasks I do, including drinking water. Being honest to ourselves is the beginning of accepting and improving on what we have already. 3. I analyze and reflect on past recordings of daily tasks to get a hang of how I behave when I execute a plan. You're the only one reading over your analysis notes, so why not be a friend to yourself and make notes as useful and informational as possible? Let me tell you - that feeling of getting to know that I improved on the amount of time I need now compared to previous periods on the same subject in reviewing the same set of problems was refreshing and enlightening. You can do this too!

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