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Tutor profile: Alice C.

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Alice C.
Outdoor Educator turned Tutor during Covid
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Subject: Writing

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Correct these sentences to be more clear and concise: "A.A. Milne makes friendship is a theme that is important to his book Winnie the Pooh."

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Example answer: "Friendship is a key theme in A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh."

Subject: Study Skills

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What are examples of techniques used when researching for a paper?

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1) Identify key words and phrases and input those into search engines and databases 2) Search the index and contents of books 3) Consult the citations of sources you read in order to find new ones 4) Create flashcards with quotes from a text on one side and your interpretation on the other 5) Create a mind-map which links the different sources together. 6) List facts that are repeated over different texts.

Subject: English

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Consider the first stanza of Elizabeth Bishop's famous poem "The Map": "Land lies in water; it is shadowed green. Shadows, or are they shallows, at its edges showing the line of long sea-weeded ledges where weeds hang to the simple blue from green. Or does the land lean down to lift the sea from under, drawing it unperturbed around itself? Along the fine tan sandy shelf is the land tugging at the sea from under?" What is an interpretation of her description of the land? What textual evidence do you have to back this up? Be sure to analyze the evidence!

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Example answer: (There are many different interpretations! Here is one!) Bishop asks us to consider the land we stand on. Does it "lie in water" or does it "lift the sea from under?" Her considerations urge the reader to consider the stability of the ground underneath their feet. On one hand, the land could be at the will of the ocean, inherently unstable and bobbing in the water. This land is "shadowed" by the "shallows," and therefore tainted by the influence of the water. On the other hand, Bishop asks us to consider if the land in fact controls the water. She asks: does it "lift the sea" and "draw it ... around itself?" In this case, the land is given stability and autonomy. It can force the tumult of the sea to be "unperturbed," suggesting the land is stable. The land also can "tug ... the sea from under" give the land power and force. Throughout Bishop's consideration, she creates an instability in our landscape. She sows seeds of confusion. The land may be stable or it may be at the will of the forces around it, but we do not know.

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