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Tutor profile: Emily E.

Emily E.
Communication Studies Major at San Jose State University

Questions

Subject: Writing

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Question:

How do I write a thesis statement?

Emily E.
Answer:

A thesis statement is one of the most important components of an essay. A thesis helps organize and develop the argument of your essay. It will help readers know what your essay will be about while understanding your position on the subject at hand. To construct a strong thesis statement, ask yourself what you are writing about? What is the prompt for your essay? For example, let's say your professor wants you to write about gun safety laws. Start by asking yourself: what is my position on gun safety laws? From there, your thesis can be developed. Let's say you think to yourself that you want more gun safety laws in our country. Your thesis might look something like this at first: "Because of the recent gun violence in the United States, more gun laws should be created". That would be a fantastic start, but once you gather more research and information that supports your position, you can make a more detailed thesis. Remember to be as specific as you can!

Subject: English

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Question:

How should I summarize someone else's words?

Emily E.
Answer:

It is hard sometimes to paraphrase the work of a writer because we want to avoid plagiarism in our own writing. It is not as simple as switching out a word or two after finding a synonym in a thesaurus. Summarizing an article or expert from a book requires critically analyzing what you are reading. First, read the passage multiple times until you understand what the author wants their audience to know or understand about a subject. Once you feel like you could explain this concept to a friend or teacher easily, the next step is to begin writing your summary. The key is to use your own thoughts and words while paraphrasing the author's words. Think of questions while you read, such as: What is this person trying to tell me? What does this information mean to me, and to others? How can I explain this in a way that others, who don't fully understand this subject, can grasp?

Subject: Communication

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Question:

What does encoding and decoding mean?

Emily E.
Answer:

Everywhere we are, communication is occurring. It is the sending and receiving of information. The contexts change depending on the situation and environment we are in. Each time we communicate, we go through the process of encoding and decoding information. With encoding, we use a "medium", for example, a text message, to send information. We all want our message to be received clearly by the decoder, but there are a variety of factors that influence this, like the environment we are in. The decoder will interpret the message in their own way and decode their own information. Through this back-and-forth process of communication, we are creating meaning, which is the basis of communication.

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