Tutor profile: Christine P.
What is your approach to being a good writer?
Writing can seem like a big, intimidating task - especially depending on the length of the essay. As someone who is guilty of stretching a 500 word idea into a 1,000 word paper I'm the first to know that all you really need to write is a good idea. Once you have an idea you understand and care about, the comparisons and contrasts, examples, analysis and everything else you need to fill out the rest of the paper will come unbelievably naturally. All you have to do then is organize and structure it to be as coherent and impactful as possible.
Subject: Study Skills
What if I just can't concentrate and am simply not good at studying?
When I was in Middle School I entered several spelling bees. When I was in high school I was one of 5 students in my class to graduate from the intensive International Baccalaureate Program with a diploma. In college I was, luckily, able to graduate within four years with a study abroad trip squeezed in to boot. Studying is a skill that's learned, not innate. You have to commit time, hone your habits and focus - these three things with structure are really all you need to get an A.
If I don't enjoy reading or writing, why should I pursue further knowledge of English?
English is first and foremost a form of communication. Especially as a universal language, English is an incredibly powerful and important skill you will use in life! From convincing your mom to let you go to that party, to writing your college admissions essay, to negotiating for your first car - English is and always will be your best friend. So get to know it, help fulfill it's potential and see the doors it can open.
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