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Tutor profile: Megan E.

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Megan E.
I have tutored for 8 years and am currently a Psychobiology major at UCLA
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Subject: Chemistry

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In electrochemistry, how can I remember if the process of oxidation or reduction leads to a gain or loss of electrons?

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There is a helpful acronym that describes when an atom is gaining or losing an electron: OIL RIG. This means "oxidation is loss" and "Reduction is gain." For example, if neutral chlorine becomes negatively charged (Cl-), it has gained an electron due to the negative charge. Following the acronym, this means that the chlorine atom has been reduced.

Subject: Psychology

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It can be difficult to memorize the various lobes of the brain and their functions. What are the main lobes of the brain and how can I better learn their functions?

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The brain can be divided into 4 lobes: frontal, occipital, parietal, and temporal. A silly mnemonic that can help you remember this is "Frued Tore (his) Pants Off" where F, T, P, O stand for frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital lobes. The frontal lobe is where complex thinking and decision making occurs. Because it is in the front of your brain you can associate frontal with front door and think that the frontal lobe is the front door to complex thoughts. The temporal lobe is associated with auditory processing. You can remember this by associating temporal with tempo and knowing that the temporal lobe is towards your temples where your ears are. The occipital lobe is associated with vision and you can think of an ocular lens which is an eyepiece. The parietal lobe is associated with sensation, so you can imagine a piranha fish biting your head and causing a decent amount of sensation.

Subject: English

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Jane Austen is known for her witty, comical writing and satire. What is an example of satire from Pride and Prejudice and what effect does it have on the novel as a whole?

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Jane Austen incorporates satire to comically emphasize flaws in society. Specifically, she creates ridiculous, nonsensical characters to mock society's expectations about women to marry and have children in the early 19th century. She utilizes the satirical character of Mr. Collins to humorously criticize such expectations. For example, although Mr. Collins meets society's definition of a respectable gentleman because he has wealth and connections, he is foolish and arrogant. Not only does Mr. Collins' conceited character provide comedic relief, but it also emphasizes how society wrongly perceives ones self-worth through societal rank. Thus, throughout the novel, he is a constant reminder of society's irrational standards that urge women to marry wealthy men, even if they are fools like Mr. Collins.

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