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Tutor profile: Eric G.

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Eric G.
Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Education, 6 years experience providing academic support as college/career advisor
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Subject: Professional Development

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Question:

How do I apply for a job with no work experience?

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Eric G.
Answer:

You might not have official 'work' experience as far as a previous payroll level job but you have experience. For example, if you are a high school student you can use things like ASB, class officer, clubs, and athletics for leadership experiences. In addition, you can also use these for justifying hard work, punctuality, and integrity. You probably have experience managing money, running a till, sales, and customer service through clubs or school activities that involve fundraising and helping with concessions at events. Helping organize and plan events gives you attention to detail/detail-oriented, event planning/management, budgeting, marketing, cold call/meeting, building professional relations, and community engagement. Community service and volunteering are also great ways to gain experience, professional development, free training, and opportunities to learn new skills/processes/software that you can then use to get a paid position.

Subject: Study Skills

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What can I do to help me stay focused during the day, especially if I have a task like reading that I do not find enjoyable?

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Eric G.
Answer:

The greatest determaining factor in your ability to focus is getting enough sleep at night and having a consistent sleep schedule. Even on the weekends, maintaining a consistent schedule with your sleep/wake times will greatly improve your ability to focus. Next, reduce your distractions. Distractions do not only refer to your phone or the TV, it also includes your body and environment. If you are too cold or too hot that's a distraction. If you are uncomfortable in the way you are sitting or laying that's a distraction. When you do not want to do something, like an assignment, your brain will find any little thing to 'escape'. The same goes for where you are trying to work. If you primarily sit on the couch to watch tv or play video games, sitting on the couch to do homework might prove difficult. Having set spaces for activities, like homework, help your mind adjust to 'now it is time to study'. Finally, especially if you are just starting out, do not expect your mind to focus 100% for hours on end. Some people can do that and good for them, however, that is not the case for the majority of us. Try working in 90-minute cycles, realize that the first few minutes will be a bit difficult but if you can force yourself to stay focused for about the first 10 minutes then the rest will come much easier.

Subject: College Admissions

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How does the FAFSA work?

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Eric G.
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The FAFSA is an application you can complete to get the money that helps pay for college. Some of the money options are free money (money you do not have to pay back), some options are loans (you have to pay them back), and some options are on-campus jobs. The first step to complete the FAFSA is to create an FSA ID, this is essentially you verifying your identity, then using this verified identity to log into, complete, and sign the FAFSA. If you have a parent or guardian helping you complete the FAFSA, they will need one too. Next, you will log into and start completing the FAFSA form. Make sure you are completing it for the year you want to go to school, for most that will be the dates for next school year. After that, it is pretty straightforward for the majority of the questions or information fields. One thing to note is the 'work study' question. This is typically displayed as a check box partway through the FAFSA. Even if you are not sure, click the box to confirm "I want to be considered for work-study". Work-study is essentially an on-campus job that works around your class schedule and which you typically work about 10 hours per week. It varies depending on job and school but in most cases, you can get paid to work on homework while you attend information desks or similar jobs. Lastly, make sure to send your FAFSA to the schools you are most interested in, up to 10, so that they can process your financial aid as soon as possible. If you have already submitted your FAFSA and want to add a different school you can do that after the fact as well.

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