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Tutor profile: Kirsten K.

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Subject: Writing

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How do you write a successful introduction paragraph for an essay?

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Kirsten K.
Answer:

One effective way to write a successful introduction for an essay is to outline the paragraph using an upside-down triangle. This image creates a visual that portrays how you should start your introduction general and finish very specific. For example, the first sentences of your introduction paragraph should be your hook, which incites the reader to continue reading. It can be a general, overarching statement that is not referring to anything overly specific. After your hook, you should have a bridge sentence. The purpose of the bridge sentence is to connect your hook to your thesis. If you are writing a literary analysis for example, this is where you should first mention the novel and the author. The last sentence of your introduction is the most important as this is your thesis statement. The thesis statement is what you are going to prove in your paper, and every sentence in your paper should be backing up this claim. Here is when you are the most specific and delineate a clear argument. The most basic thesis statement uses a "because" phrase. An elementary example of this would be: "The book was valuable to read because it was educational, entertaining, and well written." This thesis outlines what each of the three body paragraphs will include, illustrating an effective thesis statement.

Subject: English

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Why is writing research papers across a variety of subjects important?

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Kirsten K.
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Writing research papers across a variety of subjects is essential for a number of reasons. Researching and asserting a claim allows you to develop critical problem solving skills from a young age. These kinds of assignments let you to analyze a variety of sources, and from there, you can learn the importance of using credible sources to back your argument. Not only do you learn valuable researching skills, but you also develop complex reading skills and understand what plagiarism is. Fostering these skills when you are young allows you to become a more effective student than those who do not have experience writing research papers. Researching across different subjects is important because it promotes curiosity and allows you to discover what you are passionate about. For instance, a research paper on an analysis of British literature will be significantly different than one on the American Civil War.

Subject: Communication

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How is communication important in your daily life, particularly in regard to our increasingly modernized world.

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Kirsten K.
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Communication is essential across all aspects of life, whether in a social, professional, or academic setting. Learning to communicate begins the moment you are born, as it is a vastly complex skill. Growing up, you learn to communicate respectfully towards figures of authority like parents and teachers. You must also understand how to communicate effectively and kindly with your peers so that you can form friendships. Later in life, you learn to communicate in a professional setting. Now, as the globalization of our world increases, you must communicate while being mindful about other cultures and beliefs. As technology changes every day, it is important to understand how to distinguish new forms of communication. For example, a professional email will look very different than a casual text to a friend. In fact, a professional email will look different depending on if the recipient is a co-worker, a boss, an intern, or a client. Now, with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other forms of video conferencing, it is critical to understand how to professionally communicate utilizing different platforms. Without exemplary communication skills, it will be very difficult to successfully contribute to modern society.

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