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Tutor profile: Vanessa A.

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Vanessa A.
Psychology Student at York University
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Subject: Writing

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How do you write an effective essay (high school level)?

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INTRODUCTION A)Opening statement B) Describe background/relevant information about your optic C) Introduce your three main arguments D) Write out your thesis statement **Think of this as an upside-down triangle, talking about your topic generally to more specifically. INTERACTIVE MOMENT Comparing 2 Thesis Statements 1) "Today I will talk about how Lord of The Flies is about the government." What is wrong with this? - Statement used the word "I" - The statement did not state the argument points - The reader has no clue where your essay is going 2) "Lord of the Flies is a novel that showcases the need for organized government in a social group, explains how authority is important, as well as shows the shortcomings of abuse of power." Why is this better? - No personal language is used - Statement includes 3 body paragraph topics - Statment gives the reader of the map your paper BODY PARAGRAPHS 1, 2, 3 A) Introductory statement which describes what the paragraph will talk about B) 3 supporting points P.E.A Method for Supporting Points P - Point (State your argument) E - Evidence (Provide information from your source to back up your point) A - Analyze (Connect your evidence to your point, explain how they relate) C) Finish your paragraphs with a concluding statement. This statement should tie to the next paragraph for flow. CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH A) First restate the thesis statement. Make sure to paraphrase the statement (do not include the same wording as in the introduction paragraph). B) Review the 3 arguments in your essay (about a sentence per body paragraph). C) Finish with a concluding statement --> Try to connect to the real world **DO NOT USE ANY NEW INFORMATION IN THIS SECTION

Subject: Study Skills

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What is spaced practice? What is a study method that can be used during your spaced study sessions?

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Spaced practice is one of the most empirically supported study techniques that involves spacing out one's learning. While most students use a cramming method, this only allows for information to be stored in the individual's short-term memory. Determining one's spaced study schedule is dependent on the exam date. The following is an example: Jerry's exam is a month away. He is going to study once a week for the first 3 weeks of the month. A week before the exam will involve a study session 7 days, 5 days and 3 days before the test, as well as one more session day/morning of the test. These sessions can be short since there are multiple, thus allowing for the student's attention not to stray due to a long study session. A highly effective study method, that could be used during spaced study sessions, is active recall. Active recall, as opposed to just reading over one's notes, is trying to retrieve information from memory. For example, many students use cue cards with answers written on the back to improve their recall ability. Spaced practice combined with active recall is the perfect formula to ensure that a student will be fully prepared for their exam!

Subject: Psychology

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Describe Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. What is an example of a need for each level?

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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a theory that proposes that every person has needs that can be categorized in ascending order of achievement. In this model, an individual can only progress to the next level once they complete the level they are currently on. The following are the needs in this hierarchy, listed in order (1 - basic/primary needs, 5 - higher-order needs): 1) Physiological Needs --> example: food, water, and shelter aka survival needs. 2) Safety Needs --> reliable employment ensures a sense of security. 3) Love & Belonging --> romantic intimacy/relationship. 4) Esteem --> self-esteem/positive self view. 5) Self Actualization --> reaching one's full potential, a need that Maslow stated very few people reach.

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