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Tutor profile: Emily C.

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Subject: Writing

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Question:

How to write a good introductory paragraph?

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Answer:

Obviously this answer will vary depending on the paper. However, broadly speaking there are three aspects to the introductory paragraph that are good to focus on: 1) Opening Sentence 2) Linking Sentence 3) Thesis In writing your opening sentence you need to make sure that you grip your audience. However, this can very quickly get out of hand. There is a difference between making an enticing opening statement and making an exaggerated one. The opening statement should always pertain to the topic at hand. A helpful tip would be to think of your topic from a bird's eye view. Your linking sentence can be one to two sentences in length and it elaborates on your opening sentence. Your linking sentence(s) will slowly get more specific until you arrive at the argument you want to make. The argument is going to be your thesis. This thesis is incredibly important as all your following paragraphs are going to connect back to this one argument. Your thesis should introduce your reader to the evidence/proof that you will elaborate upon in your following paragraphs. Writing a good introductory paragraph involves practice and proof-reading. Try and make sure you get a friend or writing room to read your work before you hand it in.

Subject: Literature

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Question:

How does "The Goblin Market" explore the female body and female sexuality?

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Answer:

There is a patriarchal need to possess and dominate women. Lizzie shows Laura that a homosocial relationship built on love and respect lets them safely cultivate their identities and protect themselves from male abuse. Rossetti uses the clash of these gendered desires to explore female solidarity as a method of combating the patriarchal consumption of women in the marketplace. There are two conflicting desires in "The Goblin Market." The goblin men desire ownership of the female body, which they view as money; the sisters desire freedom. Laura believes the attainment of this freedom lies with the goblin men. However, Laura is naive about the nature of the marketplace and is unaware about its accepted misogyny, where women are at risk of being consumed. Lizzie presents an alternative way of living where they can retreat away from man's abusive nature and celebrate/foster an environment based on love, respect, and loyalty.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Question:

How useful are language learning apps, like Duolingo and Babbel?

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Answer:

Although it is tempting to give an answer that is black and white, the truth is the answer depends on what you're looking for. Language apps are essentially "drill and kill." Meaning that they focus a lot on learning vocabulary through repetition. So learning specific grammar points, sentence structure, and question formation, these concepts are not going to be a priority or well learned in a language app. However, if you want to practice vocabulary, spelling, and definitions, then those apps are effective. It is important to not oversell an app. They're effective as long as you know what they are and what to expect.

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