Tutor profile: Daniel P.
What is your strategy for writing a well structured essay?
I follow the ABC model. I begin by Attacking the Prompt, highlighting what is exactly being asked of me. I then Brainstorm, writing out any idea that may cross my mind and which may come in handy when writing the essay. Finally, I Create an Outline which helps me structure my essay and which may help me weed out ideas that are extraneous to the point I am trying to make in my essay. After following these steps, it is much easier to craft a well-developed essay in which I address all aspects of the prompt being presented to me.
In what ways do you believe that improving literary skills may help you outside of the academic world?
There are many responses to this question. An argument can be made for more fantastical answers - literature can transport you to new experiences, broaden your horizons, etc. However, I think a very practical answer would be that broadening your literary skills will help you out in the work place. It may be hard to see, but literary skills such as analysis are highly important in certain work place settings. Additionally, literature can help develop eloquence and grammatical skills that are needed in a modern work place.
When engaging with the subject, what do you find hinders your progress the most?
I find that, when studying English, I overanalyze the texts I am studying. I have a very analytical mind, which leads me to see connections in many smaller details. Any argument can be developed with supporting evidence, but it is important not to fall into the trap of over analysis because the lack of strength in evidence can absolutely cause an argument to falter.
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