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Rachel Williams

What is your major/minor?

Biology, Spanish minor

What year in school are you?

Junior

Interesting fact?

I grew up on a Tennessee Walking Horse farm.

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

I crochet, garden, and enjoy baking.

How many semesters have you been facilitating?

This is my first.

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

BIOL 1107K

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

I want to go to PA school, so being an SI facilitator helps me with a lot of future goals. I learn to manage my time more efficiently, learn to stay motivated because my students are counting on me, and I am also forcing myself to relearn the basic concepts of biology, which are important in every upper level biology class.

What is your favorite SI moment?

When a student "gets" a concept in a session, and then tells me they remembered that session when they were taking their exam, so they got that question right.

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

Patience. Not everyone learns as quickly as others, and sometimes what seems simple to me is really hard for someone who has never learned it before.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

Never cram. Always read your textbook, but read it slowly. Actually immerse yourself in the topic. That's the best way to learn it.

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

Everything! I've never met a facet of Biology I don't like. I am especially partial to Mycology and Botany.

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

My favorite CLT is word volleyball! I love watching students toss around words and concepts as fast as they can. It's a really great way to start off a session.

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