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Tutor profile: Michael J.

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Michael J.
Specialization in the English Discipline - High School/University Level
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Subject: Literature

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Who are the courtiers faithful to the end to King Lear and what is their fate?

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The fool is one of the characters in his entourage because time after time, he gives Lear advice, makes him laugh, and also offers his perspective on situations (even if it sometimes is through the way of a song). His faithfulness is unrivaled because even while many are leaving Lear's side due to him giving up the crown, the Fool still stays by his side even through the storm. Unfortunately, the Fool has no further lines after Lear leaves Gloucester’s house to go to Dover, which is very sad to me because throughout the play, he was in almost every act and scene, and he really was an insightful character. We do not really know how he died exactly, which I found odd because, in all of the plays we have read thus far, we have a good idea of how a character passed, but in his case, we really do not know the exact details. We can make a good guess because, at the end of the play, Lear mentions that his Fool was hanged - but I do not think he meant the actual Fool. There is a part of the play when the Fool is explaining how everyone is a fool in some way or another, but the only person I found to truly be an idiot (I do not use this term lightly) is Lear's daughter, Cordelia. She was constantly an ass, and the big one was that she lost her right to Lear's entitlement because she couldn't say how much she loved him; not only did this cause her to fall out of favor, but she was disowned for it, if that doesn't scream foolish I do not know what does. We know that Edmund has her hanged in the end, but that is it. The other courtier of King Lear is Kent. Surprisingly, Kent remained faithful to Lear even up to the end. At the beginning of the play, when Lear disowns, Cordelia Kent steps in and tries to get Lear to think about what he is doing and stop him from acting out in anger. It, of course, doesn't work, and Lear banishes Kent from the kingdom for his insubordination. However, Kent does not stay gone very long because he returns in disguise as a working man called under the new name ‘Caius’ and gains the King’s trust in order to become his servant. Kent does this by making it seem like his whole life's goal was to serve the King, and that is all that he lived for. Even under this disguise, Kent still goes to bat for Lear even if it gets him in trouble, and at the very end of the play, he helps Lear to escape to Dover. In Dover, Lear, his youngest daughter, and Kent meet up. In the end, after everyone dies, Kent comments that he is going to go be with his master, implying that he may commit suicide, which means Kent is one of the most loyal to Lear throughout the play because even in death, Kent served Lear.

Subject: College Admissions

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What do undergraduate admissions really care about when reviewing applications?

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Michael J.
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Applying to college seems like a daunting task; you answer question after question, and you try to prioritize what you think will appeal the most to the admissions committees, but just what are they looking for? Many colleges have taken up a holistic review of an applicant’s credentials. This means that although your grades are important, they may not be the most important in consideration of your admissions. However, there are five main things that admissions look at when considering you as an applicant - The rigor of a candidate’s academic program, Academic performance as measured by grades in academic courses, Letters of recommendation from two teachers and a counselor, Extracurricular activities, The quality of thought and expression in the application essay. What this boils down to is, did you take any honors or advanced placement classes? Although this may give you a leg up on some applicants, it isn’t the most important aspect. What truly matters is the grades you made in the classes you took. For instance, if you are applying to an English program, they will look at your transcripts overall, but they will pay special attention to your English courses. The third aspect is recommendations. These are like character references on a job application. You need to pick someone (not family) who knows your character on a personal level as well as your academic performance. This means you should pick a teacher whose class you did well with and have a positive relationship with. The more on you they can speak, the better. The aspect of extracurricular extremely important because they show that you as a person are involved in your community and have something to offer the university. Now, you do not have to do anything extreme like building refugee houses overseas. However, you do need something such as – volunteering at the library, campus clean up, or being involved with clubs and honor societies. These show that you are not only focused on yourself but also your community and that you want to give back. All of the above aspects all work together to give the admissions committee a complete view of who you are as a person, and the more well-rounded you appear, the better. The last aspect, the quality of thought and expression in your application essay, is a bit more complicated than what appears on the surface level. What each school is looking for will differ, but it boils down to originality and honesty. The schools use these essays to see if you are committed to them. They want to see that you have researched their institution but also that you have something about you that sets you apart. In this essay, it is your time to mention why you want to go there, to mention what hardships you face and how that gave you the spirit of perseverance in choosing to pursue a college education. Be original, though; if there are embedded essays and take up a creative angle that most would not think of, admissions committees like diversity in all aspects and mental diversity is in short supply.

Subject: English

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Why is Visual Rhetoric important to the audience or viewer?

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Visual rhetoric has many purposes, but two of its main ones for students are first using it to enhance different types of writing, whether it be a blog, website, or an ad. It can also be used to enhance your own writing. What exactly is visual rhetoric is something that bobbles the minds of many students. Most of the time, we encounter this term in scholarly articles that make it seem like the wolf that ate Little Red but in reality, it can be broken down. The visual of visual rhetoric part refers to the actual image, what you see. This could be the color, tones, text, or even the font size and type. These work together to create rhetoric, which is persuasion. What are all the visual aspects trying to accomplish? For example, suppose you separate yourself from how you normally read something like an advertisement. In that case, you can uncover the rhetorical tools in use and how they work together to project a hidden meaning. A staple is often the huge thing that takes up the audience's main focus on an ad (think McDonald's) it is often what is most important to a service company (as in Serve us, not the other way around). Any little text under it reveals that quality is the second or third priority after just making a burger. Running with this example, however, If you choose to write something, it can give off an impression. This is why you have to be careful about what messages you are putting out to your viewer. For instance, if you and your friend are texting and you use all caps, which means you are yelling at them, and the same applies to the written word, but let's say you have all caps with an already large text size in a dripping blood font. This conveys that you're mad enough to end things illegally. However, we all have a default when it comes to this that reveals certain aspects about us as a writer. The colors were most drawn can reveal our moods and how we put things in order on paper reveals our priority and how focused we are. All in all, be careful! You can easily put something out there that can be received negatively.

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