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Tutor profile: Simone G.

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Simone G.
Tutor of English, Math, and German for 7 years
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Subject: Writing

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Breathing life into your writing is a vital way to keep the reader intrigued. How can we use active verbs and detail to improve the following paragraph? On Suzzy’s first day of school, she was nervous. She woke up early, got ready, and went downstairs to eat her breakfast. When she arrived at school, she went to look for her friend Monica, heading straight to their meeting spot. About five minutes later, Monica arrived, and they both went excitedly to their first class of the year.

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Suzzy awoke early in the morning on her first day of high school, anticipating nervously what the day might bring. She jumped out of bed at the sound of her first alarm, put on the outfit she had laid out for herself the night before, and rushed downstairs to eat her favorite breakfast cereal, cornflakes and oats. Grabbing her already packed bag, she walked quickly to the schoolyard, excited to see her best friend Monica. The night before they had arranged to meet at the fountain in the courtyard; as Suzzy stood at the fountain, she soon saw Monica’s curly red hair bouncing towards her, accompanied by Monica’s bright smile. The two hugged and began chatting excitedly, as they headed off to their first class of the year.

Subject: Study Skills

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Memory and concentration are vital in developing successful study skills. What are some good mechanical memory aids?

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* Memorization Tips * Association * Associating concepts to something familiar makes it easier to recall information * Visualization * Visualizing the words of concepts you are memorizing is another form of associating information, and helps ingrain the knowledge in your mind * Teaching * One of the best ways to memorize information is teaching it, as it highlights any aspect of the concepts that may need more concentration and deeper understanding * Memory Exercises * Games * Games help your brain organize information and data * Chunking * When memorizing lists, chunking the information and periodically recalling the words or concepts, the information is divided in sections and is less daunting, and thus easier to remember

Subject: Psychology

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What are 5 examples of defense mechanisms relating to psychopathology and the theory of Id, Ego, and Superego, as outlined in the psychoanalytical branch of personality study?

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* Repression * Complete or partial suppression of ideas, wishes, memories * Information is encoded in memory (unlike denial) so later recall is possible * Reaction Formation * Denial by expressing the opposite of one’s true feelings * E.g., “I am NOT MAD!” * Rationalization * Reinterpretation of one’s bad behavior in such a way for it to appear good * E.g. “We must save the village to save it” Not all defense mechanisms are seen by society as completely negative. * Sublimation * A socially acceptable case of displacement * Taking one’s bad feelings and translating them into a new creation that is valued by society * E.g., poems, music, novels, art, career * Humor * Transforming threatening material into material that transforms and disarms the original threat * Types of humor: jakes, irony, satire, wit, epigram, etc.

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