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Tutor profile: Madeline S.

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Madeline S.
Current Graduate Student, Former College Adviser
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Subject: Writing

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How do you craft a good essay?

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Madeline S.
Answer:

In order to write a solid essay, you must first start with a solid, clear introduction. In this paragraph, you need to provide your readers with a sneak peak into what you will be discussing throughout your paper. This paragraph is also the road-map to your paper, with the thesis statement laying out in detail what will occur in the following paragraphs. Each paragraph that follows must also have a starting sentence that briefly explains what this paragraph will be discussing. These paragraphs, known as the body of your essay, will describe or explain the topic of your paper that was laid out in your thesis statement. Once you have touched upon every aspect of your thesis statement, you can craft your conclusion paragraph. This paragraph will reiterate what you discussed in the body section, and provide additional insights to wrap up your essay. A great way to start a paper is to create an outline, one that has multiple points for each section of the paper. This outline will make the writing process much faster and will ensure that your paper is cohesive!

Subject: Political Science

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How did John Locke influence fellow political theorists during the Enlightenment?

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Madeline S.
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John Locke, also known as the "Father of Liberalism," created the social contract theory, arguing that human nature is characterized by reason. He argued that humans, in their natural state, all have the right to defend their lives, freedom, and property. In order to maintain this right, humans formed a civil society in order to resolve conflicts that might threaten individual rights. Government was created in order to protect individuals and their rights to property.

Subject: College Admissions

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How do students pay for college? How does financial aid work?

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Madeline S.
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Financial aid can be broken down into two categories: 1. gift aid, and 2. self-help aid. Gift aid is money that someone else pays (not the student or family) and does not need to be repaid. These can include grants, which are based on financial need, and scholarships, which are awarded based on merit (good grades, extracurricular involvement, talent). Self-help aid, on the other hand, is money that you pay. This can include money from savings, summer jobs, work study (jobs you have on campus as a college student), and loans. Students can better understand how much their family will be expected to contribute to the cost of their education by completing the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is a free online application that students fill out with their parents to get financial aid from the federal government and the school that they are attending. The application takes you and your family's finances (including tax returns and assets) into consideration to create an "expected family contribution" or EFC. Colleges use this dollar amount, that is anywhere between $0 and $999,999, to determine how much gift aid to award.

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