Tutor profile: Isabel D.
What is a practical tool to use as a first step when revising an essay?
Reverse outlining provides a strong starting point in the revision process by creating a map of a first draft. To create a reverse outline, re-read each paragraph and discern what you want the main topic of that paragraph to be. Then, compare your reverse outline to your original outline. Did your initial points come across in your draft? If not, do these new points better support your thesis statement? If the answer is no, revisit your paragraphs and restructure as needed to highlight your initial points. Now that you have a clear map of your paper and topic sentences for each paragraph, make sure each sentence in a given paragraph helps prove the topic sentence. Having a map of your paper can also make it easier to see if the paragraphs need reordering for better clarity.
What purpose does the unreliability of time serve in Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse?"
Woolf explores the fallibility of time by contrasting the first two parts of her novel. In part one, the longest section of the book, Woolf spends 122 pages depicting events in one 24 hour time period. In part two, "Time Passes," Woolf only spends 20 pages describing events that occur over multiple years. By juxtaposing the two parts, Woolf shows how time is relative to someone's perception and experience, where multiple years can pass in the blink of an eye and one day can feel like a lifetime. As one of the most influential Modernist writers, Woolf uses the concept of time to show the lack of universal perception and meaning in human experience and reality.
What is the best way to prepare for an in-class discussion for an English class?
Annotating as you read is an essential first step to preparing for an in-class discussion. It will provide a helpful guide for talking points, especially for students who are not as comfortable speaking in class. As you read, notice and write down any repeating themes, any questions you have, and underline important quotes. When preparing for the discussion, compile the most significant annotations with page numbers onto a piece of paper or online document to gather your thoughts and make accessing important points and sections as easy as possible.