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Alyssa Lacey

What is your major/minor?

Biology/Chemistry

What year in school are you?

Senior

Interesting fact?

I can play almost any instrument with strings: piano, guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, dulcimer, banjo etc.

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

I like to go hiking, play guitar (obviously), go kayaking, and watch old Disney movies.

How many semesters have you been facilitating?

2

Which courses do you facilitate for now, or have in the past?

CHEM 1212

What are your short-term and long-term goals, and how does SI (Supplemental Instruction) relate to those?

I would love to graduate and get into a PhD program for research in genetics and genomics. Eventually, I would love to be a biology professor. SI largely relates to my long term goals by allowing me to gain classroom experience.

What is your favorite SI moment?

Last semester, the class average of the first exam was in the mid-60s, so for the next exam I set a goal for everyone to raise the class average by at least 10%. More students attended sessions regularly and they were actually getting excited about the material. The next test average was over 15% higher. It went from the mid-60s to mid-80s!

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

In my 2 semesters of being an SI, I have gained so much confidence in my knowledge of chemistry. Also, I have grown in my role as a leader. SI has helped me develop better presentation skills and shown me there is always more than one way to understand something.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

Every semester, I start off with an activity having students list their study tips. They have had lots of creative tips that I am always excited to pass along. Some of the more common ones are to re-read your notes, rewrite your notes, read your book, and make flashcards. Some of the more creative tips students have come up with are: illustrate your notes, rewrite your notes in different colors, teach the lesson to a friend, spray your notes with a certain scent then wear that scent to the exam, study 15-30 minutes a day, and read your notes out loud.

What do you like/what excites you about the material you SI for?

I'm the biggest nerd, so literally everything science excites me. One particular thing I always enjoy is discovering connections between my SI material and the classes I'm currently taking. Even though the majority of my classes are biology, science is so interdisciplinary, and I never go more than a day without being able to connect more and more dots. It's fun to actually see the application to the theory you learn in the beginning classes.

What has been your favorite collaborative learning technique (CLT) that you have done in your sessions?

Design an Experiment- Students are presented with a problem and are asked to design an experiment to solve it, then present their work at the end with a pretty visual.

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