Tutor profile: Olivia H.
Subject: Study Skills
I have so much work to get done but it's so hard for me to focus. Additionally, when I take breaks I very often end up distracted and taking longer breaks than expected.
A great method to help with shorter attention spans is the pomodoro method, where one can study for 25 minutes then take 5 minute breaks in between (the times can be modified to whatever suits the individual's studying style best. That way, when you are losing steam from work, you are awarded with a short break. As for getting distracted and taking long breaks, I highly suggest breaks that don't require the use of computers/laptops, as that can make it hard for you to focus knowing that there is another tab in the background that you can just switch to to distract yourself. Rather, I suggest breaks where you get out of your chair and remove yourself from the studying environment, whether it's to read or to stretch your body. That way, you can slowly train your brain to associate your desk as a study spot rather than a study/relaxation spot.
Subject: College Admissions
I'm applying to my dream college but on paper, I am not as qualified as the other applicants because I had less opportunities in high school to focus on extra-curriculars because I was focusing on jobs or personal family issues. How do I still present myself as a qualified candidate?
Being qualified for a college is not necessarily about how many awards you've earned or how many clubs you've been in. Oftentimes, colleges are seeking passionate and hardworking individuals that are willing to put in time and effort into whatever is important to them because ultimately, it is more to the college's benefit to have students that are passionate and hardworking than students that can juggle many things at once. Highlight your passion and dedication to whatever you do and don't let yourself be defined by awards or titles.
Describe the concept of a public versus private good and provide an example of a good that can fit under both categories.
A public good must fit two stipulations: non-rival and non-excludable. A good is non-rival if the consumption of this good by one consumer does not stop the consumption of that same good by another consumer. A good is non-excludable if it is not possible for an individual to be excluded from consuming the good. A private good is simply a good that violates one or both stipulations of a public good. An example of a good that can fit under both categories is information. Theoretically, one person knowing and using a piece of information will not stop anybody else from knowing or using that same piece of information. However, sometimes it can be an excludable good if somebody discovers knowledge and chooses to either hide it from the public or protect it through the use of an intellectual property lever.
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