Tutor profile: Skylar S.
How can I make my writing fit qualifications of prompts given to me?
The best way to go about this is to understand if the prompt has what is called a "Hidden Curriculum". This is when you're asked to do things outside of the prompt itself, that many teachers and professors either don't realize, forget, or expect you to already know how to recognize and accomplish. For instance, when writing a research paper, the hidden curriculum is usually along the lines of 1) being able to gather and summarize data, 2) being able to use Academic Standard English, and 3) being able to write a compelling thesis statement. Once you can recognize smaller details that need to go into a piece of writing, the better you can perfect them, and then you will be a lot closer to fitting writing prompts given to you.
In a language with so many rules, borrowings, and different ways of usage, how can one best interpret texts and create works of their own to reflect mastery and bridge gaps between readers, writers, and speakers?
I think understanding that English has many forms is key here, and then, going forward, learning about forms you will encounter most. As a student, Standard English or Academic English will be what you read and what are expected to use within the classroom most of the time. Breaking down the specific rules within this, learning what makes a good academic work brilliant and finding what is lacking in other works, and then being open to learning this form, or other forms of English, as if you're learning a new language, can be very helpful.
What do you believe is the most essential element of communication on all platforms in order to garner audience attention and interest?
I believe the story is the most essential element. Whether you're creating a film, writing an article, or creating a website, having a solid story with a clear structure to sell to your audience will not only gather attention, but will help your work feel more rooted, memorable, and timeless. Even as a communicator, having a solid story to tell about yourself, though potentially brief, will allow an audience to open up more to your ideas that you're presenting.
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