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Amanda Cox

What is your major/minor?

Major: Biology; Minor: Psychology

What year in school are you? 

Third-year Junior

Interesting fact? 

I played softball for nine years which included being on all-star teams, my high school team, and travel-ball state championship teams. I primarily played shortstop and would bat at the top of the line-up. I can also switch hit.

What do you do outside of being a busy student? 

Outside of school I work at QuikTrip on the weekends. When I am not working or at school I enjoy riding my bike, nature photography, and studying my Bible out in nature near a body of water, big or small. I also love to watch the Big Bang Theory and make cheesy puns. I love to laugh. 

How many semesters have you been facilitating? 

One

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

HIST 2111

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

My short-term goal is to complete my research project on effective and collaborative teaching and studying techniques. SI will allow me to get hands-on experience with these different methods as well as see what works well and what does not. My long-term goal is to get my Ph.D. and become a Biology professor.

What is your favorite SI moment? 

My favorite moment so far was when I had four students tell me they have a newfound love for American history. Before taking this class and coming to SI these students hated history, but now they are excited for lecture and love coming to sessions.

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator? 

I have gained an appreciation for different learning styles. I have also learned how to quickly adjust and think on my feet. Sometimes I have to drastically change what I had planned because what I originally planned would not have worked well at all for one reason or another.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students? 

Take study breaks even if you have not completed your assignment yet. You need to walk away sometimes. Also, while studying rotate your subjects. If you get bored, tired, or frustrated, move on to another subject and come back to the one that was giving you grief. Review your subjects every day and build your study guides as you get new material. When test time comes around, these techniques will ease and reduce anxiety. You will be in control of your time and feel empowered and confident in your work. Keep a consistent schedule and be intentional with your time.

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

I have always had a love for American history all throughout school. I think understanding American history is important and every American citizen should understand why and how this country was built. I love learning about events that took place on our soil. When you visit historical places all over the country you have an understanding of what happened and the history comes alive in your mind. 

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

My two favorite techniques are group discussions led by students and making charts on the board. When we work together to build a chart, the student’s eyes get brighter and their confidence increases. These things happen because the students realize they have more knowledge in their brain than they realize. These charts and discussions empower them and give them confidence. They see this class does not have to be daunting and scary. History can be fun and make sense. An empowered and confident student is a successful and productive student.

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