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Edith Chiriac

What is your major/minor?


What year in school are you?


Interesting fact?

I speak three languages. I love to laugh and be sarcastic. I fear roller-coasters to the point of having a panic attack or a heart attack.

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

I love to play sports – volleyball and soccer – and also enjoy very much watching them too. I love ice-skating, love to cook, go to the beach. I enjoy watching shows like Grey’s Anatomy. I love to play piano and listen to music. My favorite time is winter and I probably count the days until Christmas since August. My favorite moment is winter, cold, snow, Christmas lights, coffee, boots, sweaters, and a good book/good movie.

How many semesters have you been facilitating?


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?

Because I have just been admitted to nursing program, my long term goal is to finish the program and be a great nurse. Short goals would be to actually be able to face this challenge day by day and class by class, with the nursing program being known as a very competitive program. I want to be able to be confident in myself and in my knowledge at the end of the program, not only to just finish it. 
At the beginning of this semester, being my first semester of SI, I was literally frightened of what SI meant and what I was supposed to do every day, which was speak in public (a very big fear of mine). My first speech was terrifying in front of 50 people but day by day it became easier. Today, because of SI, I feel more confident in myself. I am able to speak in front of a group, in each class that I have; I am not terrified anymore. I am able to be myself in front of many people. Therefore, one of my short goals for getting this job was to get rid of this fear, and I partially did. 
Also, by being there for the students, helping them, listening to their questions and having to explain and help them understand concepts that are hard to understand, helps me get ready for a future career in nursing which is basically day by day, being there for your patients, helping them, answering their questions. I feel like nothing can prepare me more for that job than a job like SI.

What is your favorite SI moment?

The moment when I have the students coming up to me with questions, leaving their jobs and their other responsibilities to be able to come to the sessions because they are comfortable. They understand that I am able to help them and be there for them. My effort actually means something and has beautiful results.

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

Confidence in myself and my knowledge, and that even though English is my second language I can still give good explanations and be of help to the people that seek it. Also, I am less fearful today in everyday life.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

Read the book, come to lectures, write down questions that you might have from lecture. Ask those questions. There are no bad or stupid questions, probably at least half of the class have the same question. Read the chapter before you come to class, and then look at your notes exactly after the class, to refresh it in the memory. After a period of time take the book again and your notes and read the chapter thoroughly. Do NOT procrastinate.

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

I always loved Science- Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy. I love to understand the paths, the processes that are happening in our bodies; I love to connect stories and make one at the end- every single detail connected in one big picture.

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

By far, it will have to be Jeopardy. I think because I am a competitive person, a game like Jeopardy will always impact me more than any other game. I also think that my students love it because, besides learning biology, they actually get to have fun too and maybe eat some candy. As effective and important as reading the book is, because we live in this digital world, I think it is much easier for us to understand and learn when we see the concepts, and also when we have a little competition.

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