Tutor profile: Arianna J.
Subject: Professional Development
What are some of your career goals? On the flip side of this, what do you want out of your career? Can you identify any areas for improvement or areas which you would like to grow? This could be a result of feedback by a peer, manager, someone you look up to, or simply self identified.
Whether you are looking for tutelage in leadership, written communication, critical thinking, organization, time management, or listening skills, I have a variety of tips and tricks I am happy to share that I have learned over my time in the professional world. Should you need to walk through specific situations or require gaining attributes to feel confident in your day to day, I am happy to work through these areas to help you finesse your skillset to reach your goals.
Can you identify areas in this paragraph that we may be able to simplify? How can we eliminate unnecessary verbiage to make this sentence concise and hit hard on the point you want to make?
While every writer has their own style and voice, we can take a step back and look at a written work (essay, poem, application prompt) to concisely and directly write a sentence or prose to clearly identify its purpose on the page. It can be easy to get caught up in work counts or page limits, but rather than fill pages with fluff I am here to help provide edits and advise on ways this can be accomplished in the best way. Here is an example/snippet from a nursing school application prompt (anonymized for protection and the author has not been noted). "...The hardest challenge came when we hired a new employee named [Rebecca]. She was enthusiastic, intelligent, a quick learner, and attentive. She learned the routine fast and was on top of all her work. Once day [Lisa] asked me to sit down with her to reconcile her credit card statement, and I noticed some irregular spending. Employee's have access to the family's personal credit cards for running errands. This month seemed to have an extra amount of charges. We spent a week tracing these charges to find out who had been making them, and upon our research discovered it was [Rebecca]. She had been using [Lisa's] card for her own personal use. Sitting down with [Rebecca] and asking her to explain herself is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do." This was revised to: "As the home nursing manager, one of my hardest challenges came when we hired a new employee named [Rebecca]. Once day while I was reconciling the credit card statement, I noticed some irregular spending. Each employee has access to the family's personal credit card for running errands, and reimbursement of expenses incurred on the job. After extensive research, we discovered it was [Rebecca] who had been using the card for personal charges and she had managed to steal over $1,700. Upon realizing this, we sat down and asked [Rebecca] to explain herself, which was one of the most difficult things I've ever done." In this instance, the prompt was revised and simplified to ease the telling of the story and more directly answer the question.
Can you describe some themes and symbols and their relevance in your assigned reading material?
Let's take a dive into themes first. What stands out to you about this work? Next, let's identify some patterns or trends to support our idea. Are there any identifiable quotes to support this idea we are looking at? Why do you think the author included this/what is the point of this being written into the work? Next, have you noticed anything that stands out or is frequently mentioned? Could any of these things serve as a symbol in which the author is trying to represent something? Let's look at what this might mean or represent and why it is important to the storyline. For example, in Kate Chopin's, The Awakening, we might note that there is a common theme of freedom throughout the novel. Our character of focus, Edna Pontellier, desires to be free of the societal norms or conventions of the South in the 19th century, including the obligations of marriage and motherhood. Her inward journey of self reflection and realization is followed in the book as she grasps to find her own freedom in the world. "Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her." This theme then connects with one of the main symbols of the novel- the sea. As we make the connection of the sea to Edna's ultimate freedom at the finale of the story, we can see how the sea is representative of freedom, both from societal constructs of womanhood and femininity, but also as an escape from being stuck within the construed depths of life built by humanity. As commonly used throughout literature, we can also compare the use of the sea to the meaning of baptism and and rebirth, and how Edna's awakening stems from her connection to the water. Ultimately, these concepts that Chopin includes in The Awakening, leads us to question our own freedoms within how we are societally bound. What does it mean to be male, female, or non-binary, and what social implications do we still live by and follow? How can we connect the concepts of feminism as seen throughout the novel in comparison to today? Has anything changed, or does society still create boundaries for women to follow?
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