Tutor profile: Jacqueline A.
How do you recover from writers block?
As a writer, my peers, friends and family often come to me for help in gathering ideas, brainstorming, outlining, paragraphing and proofreading their academic and professional writing assignments. One common problem that they all seem to have at one point is the very famous writers block. Writers block is an interesting concept with many conflicting ideas on why it occurs. For me writers block is caused by this idea of having to begin your writing with a perfect attention grabber. This is true, however that doesn't mean it is the first thing that need to be written. What I tell my friends is to always create an outline. Once you have created an outline you have already overcome writers block. Sentence by sentence you develop this outline and eventually end up with paragraphs. Once you have successfully represented the main points of your writing, you can then proceed to make sure that you have an effective attention grabber. Writing this way, you will have all the information you need from the body paragraphs to ensure you have an interesting introduction and conclusion. Try this and thank me later.
Subject: English as a Second Language
Explain verb conjugation in English relative to two foreign languages.
In French there are typically three general groups used in conjugation, aller, avoir, etre. If you follow these rules very carefully conjugation in French turns out to be a breeze. Similarly in Spanish we have ar, er and ir verb groups which all follow stipulated conjugation rules. When it comes to English however it may seem like a more complicated process because English verbs do not have any type of similar groups and are what I term to be vastly "irregular". In actual fact conjugation in English is relatively easier because you barely make any changes to the verb ending as seen in the example below. The verb to dance is conjugated in present tense in English, Spanish and French (I love to dance but I am a terrible dancer) English I dance You dance He/She dances We dance They dance You all dance Spanish Yo bailo Tu bailas il/ella/ello/usted baila nosotros bailamos vosotros bailáis ellos/ellas/ustedes bailan French Je danse Tu danses il/elle danse nous dansons vous dansez ils/elles dansent
Why is it important to include adequate punctuations in your writing?
Imagine receiving a text from your friend saying "I love eating my family and my friends." Now, imagine having to count 1 to 10 billion without taking a single breath. These are two classic examples of why adequate punctuations can help you catch a breath (literally). Punctuations help your readers to break up sentences in a way that they are meaningful and easy to read. The comma, for example, helps the reader make well needed pauses and also to separate sentences into groups that helps your reader better interpret the text. In the example "I love eating my family and my friends" for instance, your friend most likely wanted to say "I love eating, my family and my friends." however the original sentence implies that your friend is likely to be a carnivore. In a nutshell, please punctuate your sentences. Always remember, a well-punctuated sentence can very well save your life.
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