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Callie Downing

What is your major/minor?

Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pre-med

What year in school are you?


Interesting fact?

My interesting fact is kind of one of my hobbies. I enjoy collecting plant seeds.

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

Outside of being a busy student I like to make art, grow plants, cook food, sew things, rock climb, and read books.

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?

Short term: help students develop better study skills and help them establish a good base in their introductory courses. 
Long term: Develop myself as a leader and inspire future SI leaders and students

What is your favorite SI moment?

Favorite SI moment is when students work well together in groups, even though they do not know each other outside of class.

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

Although this is my first semester as an SI I believe I have already gained some good leadership and teaching skills from interacting with fellow students on a daily basis.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

Write things down! And buy a whiteboard to study with at home; not from Walmart... I went to home depot and bought a 4ft x 8ft for less than $20 (they had to cut them in half to fit my car, so now I have two white boards)

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

As an SI I have taken the class before and found the introductory biology very interesting. With Biology there are many different paths a student can take but having that solid base is the very important.

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

My favorite CLT so far has been vocabulary studying by making a concept map with pre-printed vocabulary words. Taping them up on the board so we can add notes next to the words is also very beneficial.


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