Tutor profile: Allie C.
What is your method for writing papers?
Writing papers can seem overwhelming when looking at a blank page. Grabbing a physical piece of paper and pen and free writing thoughts on the subject -- what you know, what you want to know, questions, etc. -- can be helpful for getting the creative juices flowing. Next, begin to form an outline -- introduction, sections/paragraphs, conclusion. The start filling out those sections with ideas you want to discuss, quotes you like for this, etc. Do this for each paragraph/section -- have them be bullet points and they don't have to be complete sentences. You can then being to write the paper while following your outline -- it's essentially filling in a skeleton. By having an outline with ideas/quotes on there already, the paper process can flow, is easier to edit/move things around, and you don't have to worry about what should come next.
Subject: Study Skills
How do you prepare for an exam?
Depending on the subject of the exam, depends on the exact carry out of the study skills plan. For instance, a math exam will require practicing problems, while an English exam will require reading and writing. The most efficient way to build study skills is by giving oneself practice tests and being upfront and honest about current knowledge. To build study skills for an English exam, practice writing out bullet point ideas and creating an outline of how you'll address the question and come up with some examples to help build your stance. By doing this prep work in advance (even if the questions are only similar to what will be on the test), you'll be more comfortable with the material, have a plan already, and have examples allowing you more time to focus on actually writing during the exam time.
Explain Plato's Allegory of the Cave and compare a real-life example.
Plato's Allegory of the Cave speaks to the nature of people and that humans struggle to make sense of things when we do not have all of the information. However, if someone shares information that is contrary to our beliefs, we do not believe them. In Plato's cave, people are imprisoned within a cave with the sun shining behind them, but they don't know that. They only see an array of shapes play in-front of themselves and share their thoughts on what they could be, maybe monsters. When an individual is released and see it was the sun creating shadow play on the walls of the cave, he goes back to tell everyone. They do not believe him and continue to remain in a mental state of the cave. The mental state the people in the cave stayed in, despite contrary proven knowledge, resembles people not following what science tells us, because it does not align with their current belief system. The released prisoner/scientist may try to show fact and offer explanations, but until people find the answers for themselves, they are often resistant to accepting contradictory information to their beliefs.
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