Tutor profile: Timothy K.
What is the thing you enjoy most about writing? What is the thing you enjoy least?
The thing I enjoy most about writing is the opportunity to express myself. I have arrived at this level of enjoyment through much trial and effort on my own part as it was not always something I enjoyed. I often found myself unable to think through how I would like to express myself in school, but over time, as I practiced more and had the opportunity to write more in more advanced grade levels, I began to enjoy it more and look forward to it. My favorite type of writing is creative writing, and while I have also enjoyed academic writing in college and graduate school, I find that creative writing is the way I can express myself best, and also helps me to express myself better in other forms of writing and communication. The thing I enjoy least about writing is the amount of time it sometimes takes. In school, this can be a problem if you have many assignments due at once, while, at other times, you may have many ideas you would like to express, but then, over time, may forget some of those ideas due to how long the process can sometimes take. This is why it is important for us to take notes and jot down our ideas so that we do not forget them when it becomes time to submit our final product.
Subject: Study Skills
Have you ever stared at a homework assignment and have had no idea how to begin? What is one strategy that YOU have used to get the creative juices flowing to help you think through a well-thought-out response or answer? What inspired you to come up with that solution? A teacher, a personal experience, or some other influential person or event in your life? Be specific.
A strategy that I have often used to think through a complicated problem, be it a response to a particularly challenging essay question, a short response on a pop quiz, or a vexing math problem, is to try writing out responses on a piece of spare "scrap" paper. This can be an actual piece of paper itself, the margins of a test page, or the blank space on the computer screen in front of me. By writing our thoughts and ideas out on paper as soon as we feel stuck in a response to a question, we help to free up space in our own minds to think through and work out the problem in a more real and tactile way. This can be expressed as "free-writing", but, really, it is any form that enables you to put the pieces together to a response, and save time while doing it. My own experiences in school, and, in particular, my sophomore year English teacher in high school, first encouraged me to use this strategy in a very real way to complete assignments.
"To be or not to be?" The question is simple, the answer is unique. In what ways is the answer unique to you? In what ways is your own self-expression in writing and the English language informed by the question? What English language works, whether it be literature, liberal arts studies, or your favorite blog, have influenced you most and your own self expression?
"To be or not to be?" The question is simple, the answer is unique. For me, the answer is best expressed by saying that the English language, my native language, is a tool for me to express myself in ways that help to create space for self-reflection and life-long learning. By expressing myself in the written word, informed by the types of works that I enjoy reading, I am best able to find meaning and share that meaning with others. My favorite works in the English language that have influenced my own self-expression include Shakespeare's "King Lear", J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings", and the children's book series, "Frog and Toad", by Arnold Lobel, the books that first set me on the path to learning, and loving, the English language.
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