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Tutor profile: Pamela B.

Pamela B.
Experienced Public Librarian

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Subject: Basic Math

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Question:

How do I multiply mixed numbers?

Pamela B.
Answer:

We'll take this one step at a time. I like to show my work at every step so that you can see exactly what I'm doing, and so that we can retrace our steps if needed. I'll use the whiteboard for this. First, we'll change the mixed numbers into improper fractions using the "C" method. Multiply the denominator (bottom number) of the fraction and the whole number, then add the numerator (top number.) Then we'll reduce each improper fraction, if appropriate, and multiply the numerators straight across and the denominators straight across. If there is a common factor, we'll reduce the answer and change it back into a mixed number. We can repeat as many times as needed.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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My teacher wants me to find peer-reviewed resources for my paper on gender roles in contemporary film. What does "peer reviewed" mean, and how can I find these resources?

Pamela B.
Answer:

"Peer reviewed" means that other experts in that field have reviewed what the author has written and approve of their work. It is a form of quality control for published works, especially in a world where anyone can write anything a publish it as fact. Your teacher would like for you to find resources that have been reviewed by the authors peers, other experts, and agree with what they have written. There are a number of scholarly databases where we can find peer-reviewed resources for most topics. I can guide you to these databases and resources, and teach you how to locate information on your own.

Subject: Management

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Question:

How can I improve one-on-one meetings with my direct reports?

Pamela B.
Answer:

Start by getting to know each individual. What style of 1:1 meeting works best for each individual? Some people prefer highly structured meetings with pre-determined agendas, while others may prefer a looser structure with updates and less formal coaching discussions. Take notes during each meeting and make sure that each party understands any follow-up expectations. One-on-one meetings should be scheduled regularly and in advance.

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