Tutor profile: Zak H.
What is the best way to learn how to write?
Practice and read, then practice some more. This is the most consistent advice writers give across disciplines, whether it be technical writing or fantasy. If you are wanting to improve your writing abilities, the best thing you can do is write. It is also vital to have peers and mentors review your work. Even the most thorough drafts can benefit from another set of eyes. Comments and suggestions from a reader can prove invaluable to the final draft of any written work. Reading is another crucial part of becoming a better writer. If you are working to improve your academic writing, your first step should be to immerse yourself in the body of work that surrounds your discipline and familiarize yourself with the writing conventions associated with that discipline. In addition to scholarly publications, style and citation guides (APA, MLA, Chicago) provide rules and writing examples to guide you in your own academic pursuits.
Subject: European History
What was the institutional significance of the Great Schism?
The Great Schism of 1054 was the result of centuries of disagreements between the Eastern and Western churches as well as the political and social environments they existed in. After the reign of Justinian I, the reconquered empire fell once again, never to be reunited. Well before then, the distance and isolation of the East and West resulted in significant departures from a unified orthodoxy. With limited and inconsistent contact between the halves of the church, authority often fell to local leaders and the regional patriarchs, leading to more localized versions of Christianity. Attempts to reunite the churches often led to further division, as each side believed they represented an orthodoxy. This issue was complicated even more so by disagreements about who had the ultimate authority to make official changes to church doctrine. Some believed that the Pope (Patriarch of Rome) had the final say in matters theological, but this was widely rejected in the East.
Subject: Art History
Gave an example of Japanese scroll work from the Kamakura period (1185-1333) and explain the significance of the work.
In the late 13th or early 14th, the "Illustrated History of the Mongol Invasion" (Moko shurai ekotoba) was created to document critical battles and events from the unsuccessful Mongol invasion of Japan. Upon close inspection, there are significant stylistic similarities between the Mongol Invasion scrolls and earlier "Tale of Heiji" scrolls. Namely the flattened perspective, painstaking detail, and stylistic horses reminiscent of horse imagery from China. They also follow in the tradition of celebrating Japanese military prowess and individual heroism. The scrolls were commissioned by Takezaki Suenaga to commemorate his own military exploits in hopes of garnering a reward for his service. Like the portraits and scenes of battle that preceded it, the Mongol Invasion scrolls were intended to propel the myth of samurai as noble saviors.
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