Tutor profile: Isabela I.
How do I craft a compelling thesis statement from the brainstorming stage to the final answer?
If you are just starting out with crafting your thesis statement, then it might help to move from a broad topic to a specific, arguable idea. When deciding on a topic, start by looking at your prompt. If you do not have a prompt, then you have more freedom in your topic decision. Choose to write on a topic that you are passionate about or something that you want to gain knowledge on. Then, work to create your own take on a topic. Begin by analyzing the topic of your choice and take some time to narrow it down further. You can move from your observations to identify gaps in knowledge or see if you can offer a new take on a familiar topic. Ask yourself the questions of what can I argue and how is this unique from other ideas. To craft your actual statement, try to answer some of the questions of who, what, when, where, and why. Additionally, you can use the language of the prompt to write your thesis statement. Check that you have substantiated your thesis statement with evidence. Also, make sure that your thesis is not merely a statement of facts, but an arguable opinion. As you continue to write your paper, you may find that you need to revise or completely change your original statement when new knowledge or contradictory points emerge. This is a normal situation and a great practice. Reexamining your thesis statement allows you to make your thesis statement stronger, more nuanced, and connected to the rest of the paper. You can repeat the revision step as many times as you feel is necessary until you reach a point of clarity and confidence.
Subject: Study Skills
How do you stay focused when completing longer assignments?
Everyone has their own unique ways of addressing this challenge. It is important to try out different methods to see what works best for you. For instance, one solution that is popular is the 25-5 method. In this case, you can work on an assignment for 25 minutes and take a break for five minutes. Then, repeat this until you have completed your task. You can also keep track of your time to show to yourself the amount of effort you have put in. It can also help to pursue other methods that make use of a system of rewards. Decide on what is most rewarding to you (a favorite movie, a special food, etc.) and make that an incentive for completing your assignment.
Subject: US History
Why did the southern states secede from the Union?
Southern states seceded from the Union over the issue of slavery; the southern states hoped to keep the institution of slavery intact as it was key to their economic and political power. This secession began after Abraham Lincoln's election, which was seen as a turning point that would lead to the eventual end of slavery. While the idea of states' rights is attributed as a contributing cause of the southern states leaving the Union, it is important to note that states' resorted to this as a purported cause because they had lost their larger backing of the federal government over the issue of slavery. The idea of states' rights as a cause of secession also became popularized after the Civil War by former Confederates who hoped to change how people viewed the origins of the war.
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