Tutor profile: Adriann R.
Subject: Study Skills
I can never seem to focus in class when the teacher is talking! By time I get home, I don't remember anything she taught us.
I used to be like that too, don't worry! A great study skill I learned is to take notes. This keeps your brain from wandering off and focused on the material at hand. Try out a few note styles and see what works best for you. We can talk about some of them in a minute if you'd like. By creating notes, not only are you keeping your brain engaged in the material you are learning in the classroom, but you also will be able to have something tangible to bring home to remind yourself of the things you have learned that day. If you keep them organized, you can always go back and refer to them or use them for future quizzes, tests or whatever might come up.
Subject: English as a Second Language
How can I practice ESL at home when all of my family members speak ______?
Great question! I suggest creating some flash cards of some basic words we have learned so far. It's important you don't try to forget about your native language because it's a vital part of who you are! Instead, find creative ways to include your family in your interest in learning English as a second language. Incorporate things you have learned into your daily routine. For example, when you are at the dinner table, have conversations in both your native language and English. This will get you more comfortable speaking English in an environment you are comfortable in, as well as begin to intrigue your family members in the new language as well.
What is the best way to write an essay? I just do not know where to start!
Great question! First, create an outline of what your essay will be about. You want to include your thesis statement (your argument/point of view for the paper) first, then include at least three main, supporting details for your thesis. Finally, draft the important components you would like to include in your conclusion paragraph. Once you have done that, you are well on your way to creating a well-organized, thoughtful paper!