# Tutor profile: Shivani P.

## Questions

### Subject: Writing

How do I start this persuasive essay?

Persuasive essays can have various tones but in most essays, it is important to start with a hook! In a persuasive essay, you are convincing your reader of something. Therefore, you want them to keep reading and stay engaged. If it professional, you might start with a shocking statistic, or if it is entertaining, a funny anecdote. To make people think, you can start with a question. It's important to make your hook unique and not just a proposition of what you'll explain later. We can come up with something creative together and this will help get the juices flowing and guide you into the next, most important parts. First, determine the goal of your writing. Sometimes, it helps to just start and organize your thoughts later.

### Subject: Study Skills

I have a quiz coming up - how should I prepare?

How long do you have until your quiz? One of the best ways to study is to plan ahead. If you have 3 days until the quiz, gather all of your study materials and determine what will be most useful to you. Are you a visual learner (meaning you prefer to learn by seeing), audio (listening), or kinesthetic (by doing)? You can be a combination of all 3! If you have notes, start by reviewing those. If not, start by creating them! Writing things out, especially in different colors is very helpful. One of the best ways to understand and recall information is by teaching someone else so you can teach me or ask a parent or friend to listen to your lesson. The next day, do a study guide. If you don't have one, think of the types of questions you might be asked and put your knowledge to the test. Practice!

### Subject: Basic Math

9/10 +25/100 = ?

We know that when adding and subtracting fractions, we need the same denominator. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as multiplying where you can just work across. To make the denominators the same, we must somehow convert 10 to 100 (or vice versa). The easiest way to do this would be to multiply the numerator (or top number) and denominator (bottom number) both by 10. That leaves you with 90/100. Now you can simply add across. Your answer is 115/100. You can leave that as is- an improper fraction- or change it to a mixed number. You would do this by dividing the bottom number into the top to get a whole and remainder. You have 1 whole and 15 leftover that can go on top of the 100 giving you 1 and 15/100. You can still reduce 15/100 by dividing the top and bottom numbers by 5, which is 3/20. The final, simplified mixed number is 1 and 3/20.