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How to Analyze an Argument in an Essay | 4 Easy Steps

How to Analyze an Argument in an Essay | 4 Easy Steps

At some point in your academic career, you'll need to know how to analyze an argument properly. Here, tutor Andrew P. shares his guide to success...   As a college student, you'll be expected at some point to understand, restate, comment on, or discuss someone’s assertion (strongly stated position). An argument is a reason(s) for a conclusion. He is dense (reason); therefore, I won’t talk with him (conclusion). I won’t talk with him (conclusion) because he is dense (reaso … Read More

How to Analyze an Argument in an Essay | 4 Easy Steps
At some point in your academic career, you'll need to know how to analyze an argument properly. Here, tutor Andrew P. shares his guide to success...   As a college student, you'll be expected at some point to understand, restate, comment on, or discuss someone’s assertion (strongly stated position). An argument is a reason(s) for a conclusion. He is dense (reason); therefore, I won’t talk with him (conclusion). I won’t talk with him (conclusion) because he is dense (reaso
Expert Advice: Make the Most of ACT Practice Tests & Improve Your Score
Prepping for the upcoming ACT? Check out these tips from tutor Danh L. to calm your fears and take the test with confidence!    The April ACT is imminent.  Many students worry increasingly around this time as perhaps they feel they haven't studied as diligently as they could have. Don't fret, though!  With less than three weeks left until the test, progress can still be made if you're willing to follow the steps outlined below and dedicate at least 45 minutes a day to studying (1-2
Reconstructing Poetry: The Brick by Brick Approach
Are you interested in learning how to write poetry? A great exercise to try is taking an already-written piece, and deconstructing it. Below, Tucson tutor Lourdes C. explains the method...   If you're a word crafter and you've found your words growing thin and inadequate, maybe even trite and boring, try this original constructivist approach from an applied linguistics perspective to see if you can't get the impact back into your work and cure writer's block. The method operates o
Speed Reading – Can it Really Be Done?
Want to learn how to read faster? Tempted by all the promises of speed reading programs and classes? Find out if there's truth behind the strategies in this guest post by Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R...   Imagine a library full of frantic-looking students, their eyes darting back and forth as they flip through textbooks. These students are attempting the controversial art of speed reading. Unfortunately, many of these students will probably find that they remember very little of
Writing Strategies: How Can a Writing Tutor Help My Child?
If your child is struggling with writing or reading, you may be wondering if hiring a tutor will help. Here, St. Paul, MN teacher Marilyn G. shares what to expect from a tutor, and how you can continue helping your child along the way...   I have been tutoring students periodically throughout my career. I started as an academic tutor for high school home-bound students in a local school district. Since then I have worked with students from kindergarten through adult who have wante

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