Tutor profile: Marina E.
Trigonometry is not my best subject, and I heard that it is a big part of the SAT. What do I do?
If you are currently taking trigonometry, I would definitely seek extra help from your primary teacher. They love their subjects and would be more than happy to assist you. If not, there are always concepts that, when memorized, will help your score tremendously. For example, knowing popular pythagorean triples will save you a lot of time. And remember that weakness in one subject does not make you a bad student, it makes you a normal one. Learning how to manage your time well, accent your strengths, and brush up on what you are confused on will help you much more than thinking poorly about the subject will.
Whenever I make a counter claim, my professor says that my argument is unclear and that I contradict myself. How can I avoid this?
It is very, very easy to make errors when writing a counter-claim for an argumentative essay. Despite this, they are an essential part of constructing a stellar argument! The most important thing to remember is that for every counter-argument that you introduce, you need to clearly explain how your stance trumps theirs. For example, if I am arguing that fruit is healthy, I could introduce the counter argument that fruit is high in sugar. Immediately after doing so, I would explain that the natural sugar in strawberries differs than the processed sugars found in jolly ranchers and that subsequently, the body processes them quite differently. Furthermore, fruit provides vitamins that candy often doesn't. By doing this, I am strengthening my argument while still introducing different stances on the issue.
Subject: Study Skills
I often use flash cards when studying for my exams, but still receive mediocre grades, even when I study for hours at a time. Why could this be?
A mistake that students often make while studying is assuming that there is only one method in succeeding. In all actuality, every individual thrives off of different tactics, whether it be note-taking, practicing a presentation, or using flashcards. It is important to reflect on yourself as a student in order to find out what method works best for you. Taking the classwork into consideration is also helpful. While English vocabulary may be a good subject to utilize flashcards for, when taking an Anatomy class, models and videos may prove to be more useful.
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