Tutor profile: Tommy S.
What is one piece of advice I have held onto as a writer from a teacher, professor, peer, etc.?
I don't know about you, but I find conclusions to be incredibly difficult to write in a paper. This is a paragraph that's supposed to tie everything up into a neat little bow without introducing any new ideas- one would assume it to be a mirror image of the introduction, but I can't tell you how many times I've been warned against restating my introduction in my conclusion. I can't introduce new ideas, I can't restate ideas, AND I have to end my paper in a satisfying way? It seems like an impossible feat to accomplish, but I remember my English teachers preaching the idea of addressing the "so what?" question in the conclusion. In other words, why did everything you just said in your paper matter? Why should a reader ultimately care about your opinion? I now pass on this advice as a tutor because I see it as a loophole; you're not exactly introducing new ideas by emphasizing the importance of the content you previously discussed, yet you're not repeating ideas from the introduction that were meant to give readers a taste of what you'll be discussing. By addressing the "so what?" question, the conclusion is its own unique paragraph while also allowing the writer's content to clearly represent itself as an idea worth talking about, which I think wraps the paper up quite nicely.
Subject: Study Skills
What are some of my go-to study tips for midterms, finals, and other exams?
First off, I recommend completing practice questions that are very similar to those that you might expect to see on your exam. Take a few minutes to review your material and then see if you can get through your practice questions. If possible, I recommend completing practice questions that allow you to correct your own mistakes instead of a having a computer automatically detect your errors; I always find it more effective when I can pinpoint what I did wrong myself! This may sound silly, but I also recommend creating jingles and acronyms for concepts and terms that keep slipping your mind. The PEMDAS acronym- "Please excuse my dear aunt Sally"- is a good example of this. I used to do this with history terms such as the names of important people or the order of events. Lastly, if you're stumped while planning out how you want an essay to flow, I recommend allowing yourself to let go. Take some time to free write about the subject; if you're feeling confident, include some evidence that you've research beforehand. Allow your brain to wander onto your paper- you'd be surprised with how much valuable content you can generate this way!
How can the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley provide insight on the feminist perspective- or lack thereof- during Shelley's time?
This could be considered as an essay question, but to put it simply, Shelley's writing easily reflects the attitude towards women during her time. She surprisingly perpetuates "“the nineteenth century’s emerging concept of separate spheres" by refusing to allow any of her female characters to speak directly throughout throughout the book (Shelley 360). Such an example can be manifested in the instances in which Elizabeth mostly communicates with Victor through letters, for she was always fulfilling her supposed role as a woman and taking care of the household rather than joining him in his journeys. Work Cited Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein, edited by Johanna M. Smith, 3rd ed., Boston, Macmillan Education Imprint, 2016.
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