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Tutor profile: Dalila W.

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Dalila W.
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

My paper feels disjointed and needs to be more cohesive. What do I do to make my essay stronger with more flow to the ideas?

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Dalila W.
Answer:

Firstly, read your paper out loud. How does it sound to you? The lack of cohesion can stand out more when listening. Are there sentences or phrases that break up the flow of ideas? Highlight areas where you feel your point is weak and revisit them. Think about what the point of the essay is. How do you want your audience to react or respond? You need to consider the effect on the reader and form a strong argument accordingly. Make the purpose of your paper clearer in your introduction. Organize the essay with a sense of chronology. Begin with an introduction that states what your paper will be discussing and include an identifiable thesis statement. Follow the introduction with body paragraphs explaining your thesis statement in further detail. Be sure to include transition statements to flow between ideas. In your conclusion, explain the "why" behind your reasoning, why should the audience care? Be sure to apply a real-world application, how is your point relevant to the bigger picture? Reflect on your ideas and utilize the chronological outlining approach.

Subject: Study Skills

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How can I prepare for my final exam at the end of this week? I have notes and a study guide to refer to.

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Dalila W.
Answer:

Review the study guide in order to know what to look for in your notes and in the textbook (if applicable). Organize the information in manageable sections, for example, by chapter or concept. Once you have read over your notes, try to test yourself by section. Define terms, explain concepts, and apply the material as if you are teaching a class. Hearing the information while you are studying helps you to further retain it by engaging multiple senses. Once you feel as if you have mastered what you are learning, find your weaknesses and what you are unsure about. Review the material again and try writing out the material or find supplementary reviews or examples in the textbook. Once the information has been studied, try to find connections between what you are studying. Is there a timeline? Is there a common thread between concepts? Dedicate the sections to your remaining study days before the test. On the last day, make those connections and do a final, relaxed review. Sleep is essential to information retention, learning, and long-term memory development, so be sure not to overwork yourself and get a full night of sleep before the exam.

Subject: English

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Question:

When speaking, we often say "There is apples and oranges in the kitchen." Can you explain why this statement is grammatically incorrect and correct the statement accordingly?

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Dalila W.
Answer:

When speaking, our language becomes more informal. This informality often leads to grammatical mistakes. Saying "there is" multiple of something, like people or food, is incorrect because there is more than one. "Is" is singular, whereas "are" is plural. Of course, there are exceptions across English, so this rule will not hold true in every circumstance. The corrected statement would be as follows: "There are apples and oranges in the kitchen."

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