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Tutor profile: Emily D.

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Subject: Study Skills

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How can I learn how to study and be a better student?

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Studying is a skill anyone can acquire at any time! Studying can be mastered by practicing other skill sets that will play a role in your overall studying success. Organization, time management, and goal setting are three major aspects that will help you break down a task in parts and help to digest the information. My first tip is to invest in a planner to help you organize the tasks at hand. Additionally, prioritizing tasks and assignments is going to help you to know what is the most important thing for that day is going to be. Picking three "must-do" tasks a day is going to help you not be so overwhelmed with your overall workload. Once you have your planner organized, find a note-taking system that works for you. Some prefer to use analog methods of note-taking (i.e pen to paper) and use systems like the Cornell method. Other's prefer to digitize their notes in systems like Notion and Evernote. I can help you identify what works best for you!

Subject: Library and Information Science

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How can librarians aid in genealogy research?

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Librarians are equipped with lots of different resources to help aid in any kind of research! The library is an excellent place to start for genealogy in particular because of all the public research methods and records held by public institutes. Your local library will start by helping you locate vital records of the family member you are trying to do research on. Vital records include birth, marriage, and death records that will be important in starting your research. Library's around the country still have microfilm that can help you find marriage announcements and death notices in your local paper from a particular year. Other information like immigration records can also be found at local institutes that librarians can help you find. Additionally, libraries often partner with websites such as Ancentry.com to help aid the research in organizing information gathered.

Subject: Literature

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What are the five parts of the plot and how can I identify what they are?

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Gustav Freytag mapped out the five parts of a plot with a simple diagram called Freytag's Pyramid. This diagram illustrates the five parts of the plot featured in compact and simple stories. 1) Exposition - This is the introduction to the story. Here you will learn the most basic elements of the story such as setting, characters, and usually a hint at the conflict to arise. 2) Rising Action - This section propels the story forward by inciting some type of action or conflict. Here the readers will be made aware of a situation, conversation, or complication to which the characters must react. 3) Climax - The climax is identified by a moment of intensity. The fate of the characters is usually realized by this point and the action of the plot is decided. Climax can also be referred to as a turning point or a pivot in action. 4) Falling Action - The reader is brought to a place of understanding and the plot is becoming resolved. Loose ends are tied up and sometimes a twist is relieved in this section of the plot. 5) Conclusion - The story is stabilized and there is a sense of closure to the action established. Read the first couple of paragraphs and jot down some potential conflicts that may arise. What can you predict about the story after reading the opening paragraph? Now identify a moment of intensity and write down whether your predictions were correct. Once you identify the conflict, you will be able to follow the five parts of the plot.

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