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Tutor profile: Shanya C.

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Shanya C.
College Student and Research Assistant at PROGRESS Lab (VCU)
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Subject: Study Skills

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What are considered necessary study skills?

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A necessary study skill for all students is time management. Effectively managing one's time allows an enough period of time to analyze and evaluate one's work. This strategy applies anything from a homework assignment to a complex project. Another necessary study skill discovering your own learning style. It's evident that not all students learn the same, but exploring what works for you is how you can best prep yourself for success, whether it's for intrinsic satisfaction or external rewards such as getting an A.

Subject: Sociology

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How is self-reflection used in the helping process?

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Therapists encourage their clients to self-reflect upon their statements. This practically means that clients can analyze their feelings and thoughts and possibly challenge them. This also allows clients to see if there any discrepancies within their statements. A discrepancy is where two or more statements conflict one another or aren’t compatible. Self-reflection may open new doorways to trying new experiences which can later change feelings. Self-reflection can be used by helpers as well! Sometimes helpers get trapped in any pitfalls such as imposing their values on clients, not being challenging enough, and not being supportive enough. To overcome these obstacles, they might spend some time reflecting and hypothesizing about what caused them such problems. They might self-reflect and find out they were too invested in a client’s problem, or they were too direct in guiding clients.

Subject: Psychology

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How do biological, psychological, social, and socio-cultural factors interact and contribute to the development of somatic symptom disorders?

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In terms of how biological factors may interact in the development of such disorders, they can increase vulnerability when individuals have high sensitivity to lower pain threshold, bodily sensations, and history of illness or injury. Some psychological factors that could come into play include high stress or anxiety, along with catastrophic thoughts about bodily sensations. A social factor like "the role of being sick" is reinforcing; parental models for injury or illness and social isolation can be influential. Sociocultural factors include social restrictions, cultural acceptance of symptoms, and limited medical knowledge.

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