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Tutor profile: Victoria W.

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Victoria W.
English Teacher with 7 years tutoring experience in an online format
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Subject: Writing

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What is a thesis statement and how do I write one?

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A thesis statement is the main idea of your essay. It is comprised of two parts: your argument or point, and subpoints that you will use to support this argument. It is usually the last sentence of the introductory paragraphs. Let's look at an example of how to generate a thesis for the following prompt: What is the best vacation spot in Mexico? First, you have to 'answer' the question; this is your argument. -The best vacation spot in Mexico is Cancun. But we are not done yet! Next, you have to provide your subpoints, the 'proof' that you will elaborate on in the body of the paper. -Best beaches, historic sites, friendly people The final step is to put the two together to form a solid thesis: -The best vacation spot in Mexico is Cancun because it has the best beaches, is close to historical sites, and has many friendly people. Now, the reader knows the point you are making in the paper and how you plan to support in in the body paragraphs. This is your thesis!

Subject: Literature

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How can I determine a work's theme?

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Theme is often challenging for students because more often than not, it is implied and not directly stated in the text. The first thing to consider is that themes are universal. This means they can apply to many different texts across many different genres. So, themes are not main ideas, which are specific to only that text. The next idea to consider is that themes are lessons or messages that the writer wants the reader to gain from reading the work. They apply to life and the human experience, so they are often broad and do not mention the specific characters or plot.

Subject: English

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What strategies can I use to become a better reader?

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Reading is an active process. This means that readers need to engage with the text throughout the reading process; there are several ways to do this: First take a moment to consider what you already know about the topic. For example, look at the chapter title. What do you already know about the concept that is forthcoming in this chapter? Take a minute or two to jot down some ideas. Next, preview the material in full. This entails looking through the chapter and focusing on text features such as graphs, charts, bolded words, and sidebars. Finally, begin reading the chapter with pen, post it notes, and highlighter and perhaps a notebook. As you read, stop every so often to jot down important ideas, things that surprise you, questions you have. If you are able to write in the book, you can do this right on the pages. If not, use post its and the notebook. As a culminating step, look at the prereading notes you took about what you already know about the topic. Add to this list by writing down facts you learned. If you wrote down questions, go back through the text to see if you can answer them after finishing the chapter.

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