Tutor profile: Cassie W.
How can I increase my Spanish reading and oral comprehension skills when I'm not fluent?
Learning a new language, especially after the prime brain formation years, can be challenging. Luckily, Spanish is one of the easiest second languages to learn as it has many ties to English! The best way to gain a deeper understanding of Spanish, outside of the classroom, is to watch shows and listen to music/podcasts either in Spanish or with Spanish subtitles to help you translate. Soon you'll become more familiar with the basic words, and it will feel much less daunting than it might seem on an exam. Spanish has a few fundamental grammar foundations that, once you master, you will be able to write and speak much more seamlessly. I've learned some tips and tricks to mastering these concepts, and I'm happy to share to help you reach your Spanish-learning goals.
Subject: Professional Development
How can I work on professional self-improvement during the pandemic?
Attempting to develop yourself professionally in a virtual environment can be daunting, but not impossible. The best resources are already out there, it's just a matter of finding the ones that work best for you! LinkedIn is by far the most useful resource in my opinion. This site gives access to many insightful webinars that can advance your development, as well as a variety of sections where you can take classes through LinkedIn Learning, connect with alumni of your current school with filters for whatever industry you want to pursue, and discover new companies/jobs. I'm happy to help guide you through resume tips, interview walkthroughs, LinkedIn profile creation, or anything else that might help further your goals.
How do I construct my writing to effectively convey my point to my desired audience?
The first step to hook your audience is to understand who you're writing for and what they expect. In an academic setting, it's especially pertinent to know the style your professor expects, whether that is through APA, MLA, Chicago, or a more personal narrative. From there, you can structure your writing to fit these requirements while using your own voice to incorporate outside resources in a clean, organized fashion. Every writing piece has a purpose, so embedding that purpose in a concise thesis will help guide the rest of your body paragraphs. From there, having an outline that showcases each of your strong evidence pieces, embedded between an introduction and conclusion, will help make the writing less intimidating and hopefully will ease the process of creating an effective body of work.
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