Tutor profile: Cait H.
Subject: Study Skills
In a world that increasingly allows us to rely on digital tools, why is it important to know how to use a traditional planner?
For students in particular, learning to use a traditional planner (even if you use digital reminder systems like Google calendar) help to develop a physical concept of time and increase "time sense." This improves the ability to realistically break tasks down into timed components and organize and prioritize tasks that need to be completed each day. The act of writing down reminders also gives additional opportunities for the information to be coded into long-term memory, increasing the chance that students will remember to complete assignments to study for tests with or without external reminders.
What are some pros and cons of the medical model of psychology?
In short, many of the pros of adopting a medical model when looking at psychology and mental illness have to do with the practical details of management and public image. The medical model assumes that mental illness, much like having a broken arm or a case of bronchitis, has a biological cause and can be treated as such. Using this model often makes it easier for people to obtain services and receive coverage from insurance companies. To a certain extent, it also lessens the stigma attached to many mental illnesses. Just as you would not pass judgment on someone or refer to them as weak or dramatic for having the flu, the medical model emphasizes the biological components of orders such as depression. Some of the cons of the medical model are that many psychological disorders are not as easily identified or as well understood as many more traditionally physical illnesses or injuries. To date, there is no fail-safe test to diagnose many disorders and we rely on self-reports and lists of behavioral and emotional symptoms that often overlap. In addition, the medical model assumes that meeting these symptoms always means that there is something "wrong" with you and undermines the potential value of individual differences which can actually increase stigmatization of individuals who experience these symptoms.
Subject: Film and Theater
Why is the study of theater one that reaches beyond the limits of mere entertainment purposes?
From its earliest forms, theatre has both reflected and driven culture. Studying the theater of past societies and world cultures can reveal a great deal about the values and priorities of those cultures- from their speech, history, and dress to the stories that they consider worth preserving and passing on. In a similar way, theater often serves as a driving force in pushing society forward and inciting change. Performers seek not only to entertain but to to understand the spirit of a story, the characters they portray, and themselves.
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