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Heather D.
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Writing
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Question:

How do I better incorporate sources and quotes into my papers?

Heather D.
Answer:

Sources, citations, and quotes can greatly impact the power and strength of a paper. But a poorly incorporated source can hinder that strength. Make sure the source or quote flows naturally into the paper. Don't just plop it in where ever you think it goes, but make sure that the sentences leading up to it easily transition into the source. Make sure it is relevant, and then expound on why it is relevant. For example, if the quote starts with the word "then," place it in the sentence where "then" makes grammatical sense, so that it flows more naturally. (But don't forget quotes and a citation, so that you give credit where credit is due!) There is no set right or wrong way to incorporate sources, but make sure it is natural and smooth and builds your ideas, versus taking away from them. Don't let your paper support the sources, but rather let the sources support the paper.

English
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Question:

All the different grammar rules confuse me, how do I better remember them?

Heather D.
Answer:

English grammar is very complex and can be hard to understand. Take it slow as you study each rule. Try to think of each rule individually, instead of all the rules at once, or else you'll get overwhelmed. Start at the beginning and focus on how each rule connects to the next. Sentence structures, comma rules, prepositional phrases, and all the other components of grammar work together to create the language. Find fun ways to remember each rule, like a fun rhyme! But most importantly, focus on how the rules build on one another, and it will become much easier to remember everything that goes into grammar.

ACT
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Question:

What is the best way to prepare for the ACT, on the night before?

Heather D.
Answer:

First, you should always start studying a few days or weeks before the actual test. This way you don't have to stress about cramming the night before, and you are able to feel prepared and relaxed. But studying a little bit the night before can also be very useful! Go over the main points you might be a little rusty on. Do you need to refresh the quadratic formula? Find a fun way to remember it. Don't overwork yourself, you need all the brain power you can get the test! Keep it light, but go over the few things that give you the most stress. Next, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get a good nights rest. Sleep well, eat good food before you sleep, and be at ease. The most important thing for you to do is relax. When you wake up, eat a good breakfast with lots of protein. Trust yourself and be confident! You know what you're doing, and you will be successful. :)

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