Tutor profile: Taylor S.
What is one effective format for writing the concluding paragraph of an essay?
One effective format for writing the concluding paragraph of an essay is to begin by restating your thesis in fresh language. This acts not only to refresh the reader on the main subtopics covered in your essay, but also signals to the reader that the essay is drawing to a close. This section of the concluding paragraph should not exceed one or two sentences to avoid reiterating precise points made throughout the paper, which are not necessary to explain once again. Following restating your thesis, you can then write a few sentences that answer the following question; "What application do the points made in this essay have to the world at large?" In other words, why is the topic of the essay important? For instance, if the topic of the essay was about the efficacy of certain mental health treatment programs in the United States, the writer could state this is important because it impacts people with mental illnesses' quality of life and, as such, warrants further research and discussion. This paragraph can then be concluded with one to two sentences in which the writer suggests some kind of call to action that may help solve a central problem highlighted in the essay. For instance, going back to the aforementioned essay topic, if the writer, say, spends the majority of the essay discussing the fact that the efficacy of certain mental health programs is not satisfactory, the writer could conclude their essay by suggesting how the efficacy of these programs could be increased (i.e., demanding more government funding for mental health programs and research, organizing protests to achieve these goals, etc.).
Subject: Study Skills
What are some practices you can implement into your study sessions to improve your memory recall during exams?
One practice that can be implemented into study sessions to improve memory recall is to study in an environment that is similar to where you will be taking your test in (i.e. sitting in a chair at a desk in a quiet location). This is because our brains tend to better recall information when we are in a similar physical/emotional state to how we were while studying. As such, you'll be better able to recall information if you study it in a way that at least partially emulates the condition in which you'll be tested in. Another practice that can be used during study sessions to improve memory recall is to create/use memory devices to make longer sequences of information easier to memorize and recall. For instance, you could memorize the acronym PEMDAS to more easily be able to recall the order of operations while taking a math exam. Also, when studying a topic that contains a lot of critical information that is interconnected, making up a funny or silly story about the information can make it easier to recall during an exam. For instance, if part of an exam you are studying for is about asexual reproduction, you can make up a story about this process that still contains all the critical information, but is also entertaining and engaging, making it much easier to recall during an exam.
Around what age does the onset of schizophrenia typically occur? Why?
The onset of schizophrenia typically occurs in a person's early to mid 20s. This is because for most people, this is an age range in which they are in university and/or are trying to figure out what they're going to do for the rest of their life as they start to transition into adulthood. As such, the intense stress that people may experience during this time can trigger an individual to have their first psychotic episode, especially if they already have other factors that make them more likely to develop schizophrenia. Such factors include things like abnormalities in brain structure, dopamine transmitters not functioning properly, and having a family history of schizophrenia.
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