Tutor profile: Erin W.
Subject: Study Skills
How can you prioritize to best use your time when making a schedule?
First, please recognize that every person learns differently. However, every person can learn and learn effectively. It is important to try different techniques to learn what works best for you. The steps below are only ONE method. Next, make a list of your classes and responsiblities. If there are any required times, write those beside them. List any upcoming tests, quizzes, and projects. Make a note of about how much work or time will be needed to prepare for each test, quiz, or project. Divide each note by how many weeks and by how many days you have until each one is due. Consider which is the most time-consuming, which is the most difficult or stressful, and which is the easiest. Your answer will be unique to you. There is no wrong answer! Separately, list typical or frequent assignments for each class. This should include any reading you have. If you are not required to review your notes, add that for each class. Make a note of approximately how long each assignment will typically take you to complete. Now, draw out your schedule of required times. I prefer to use a planner and see each day of the week. In a different color, add tests, quizzes, and projects. Beside the week itself, record the amount of time or work needed for each test, quiz, or project for that week. You might want to use a different color or different notation for each. Do not yet record the time or effort per day. Now, look at your typical assignments. For each week, compile the list of typical assignments and time or effort required for tests, quizzes, and projects. Stop and consider what stands out as intimidating or time consuming? How can you divide that across multiple days. That may be a good task to do first for a set amount of time every day, and then move on to a different task. Easier or more enjoyable tasks may be good to follow these most difficult tasks. Based on time required and the most diffiicult assignments, fill your schedule. Be sure to allow time for breaks, especially to rehydrate or get a snack. Once you have your schedule, make a commitment. Try it for at least a week to see if it works. If something is very wrong, make small adjustments. You may need to try multiple schedules before you find what works best for you. Remember, people learn best when they can focus. Be sure to study somewhere you are comfortable that does not have distractions. You cannot learn if you are not awake; sleep, food, and water are vital! Give yourself time to rest and eat. Best of luck!
Subject: Environmental Science
What is pollution?
Pollution is any contamination in an ecosystem. It could be a manmade or natural chemical in the water, soil, or air that does not naturally occur there at that concentration. It could be excessive light from a city or town that interferes with animals' ability to orient themselves. It could be noise that interferes with animals' ability to communicate or frightens them.
What are systems, and why are they important in biology?
Systems consist of multiple parts that function together and affect one another. Every level of biology has different systems that are necessary for life. For example, at the cellular level, a single organelle cannot do much on its own, but they funciton together to make all types of eukaryotic cells. At the organism level, an organism cannot function without its different bodily systems, no matter how simple or complex they are. Try to imagine a tree without leaves or roots, or imagine a person without a cardiovascular system. For the organisms to be what they are, they must have multiple functioning systems.
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