Tutor profile: Dante C.
Students will often ask, especially in their first writing intensive college courses, how they can appear sophisticated or smart through the vocabulary they use in their papers
The best, and most succinct, answer comes from George Orwell, who notes that it is preferable to choose a short word to a long word provided that the shorter one is more clear. Basically the answer is that the aim should be clarity, rather than eloquence, at least a beginning level of academic writing.
Subject: Study Skills
Most students ask some version of this question when they are first introduced to a dense academic texts: "How do I identify what the author is actually saying, or trying to say?"
The most helpful answer is to first look for a thesis statement, usually at the beginning of the text, and then also to look at the end, or conclusion, of the text as a way to find a summary of what the author had argued.
Most students ask some version of the following question when first introduced to philosophy: "What IS philosophy, and what do you DO when philosophizing?"
The most honest answer is some version of the following: "Philosophy comes from the Greek, philo - sophia. meaning lover and/or friend of wisdom, and given this definition what it is to philosophize is to probe assumptions and presuppositions we normally take for granted about what it is to exist in the world so that we may sharpen our concepts and come to a better understanding of the world and our lives"
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