Tutor profile: Sarah D.
What can I do when I'm struggling to put my thoughts into writing?
We're a lot more comfortable explaining ourselves when speaking rather than writing, which makes sense because we have much more experience with talking. So, a good tactic is to pretend you're telling a friend what you want to say, and then writing that down. Sometimes the punctuation or word choice will have to be adjusted after that, but generally, people are more clear when they write the way they talk.
Subject: English as a Second Language
What's an easy way to learn more vocabulary?
Pay attention to the patterns of words by learning prefixes, suffixes, and root words. If you know that "nov" means "new," it's much easier to understand all of these words: novelty, novice, innovate, innovative, innovator, renovate, etc.
What's a fantastic reading strategy that helps people get more out of a text?
One way to make reading more meaningful is connecting what is being talked about (in the story or information) to other things you know or have heard. When you're finding the similarities or contrasts, or realizing what emotions and life experiences come with what's being said, your brain is processing the text into new personal meaning for you, and you're ready to add it to your general understanding or respond to it in discussion or writing.
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