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Bronwyn Estep

What is your major/minor?

Biology Pre-Vet

What year in school are you?

6th year

Interesting fact?

I love instigating fun and healthy change, which usually inspires positive growth. Though changing my hair color on a regular basis doesn't really grow my character, simply expresses it better.

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

I love dance! Specifically, ballroom dance. I am involved in the school's ballroom dance club and I'm constantly learning new dances and techniques. Blues fusion is my current favorite style of dance. The Menagerie dance group organizes a dance once a month at the Firefly Studio in Decatur and that is something I make time for every month! Dance is my fun outlet! As someone recently said, "Science is what drives society to make progress in life, but the arts are what makes society feel alive."

How many semesters have you been facilitating?

6 semesters

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 am an aspiring veterinarian and I want to open my own practice and outreach to rescue animals and people. Along the way, I long to invest in the lives of others and bring them joy and encouragement. SI is an excellent outlet for that because not only am I a peer leader, I am an ally to new students either entering college or the biology program and my position allows me to give them the tools they need to succeed, but also to help them learn how to ENJOY what they're doing at the same time.

What is your favorite SI moment?

I was walking through Walmart one day just before the start of the semester and I just so happened to be been wearing my SI t-shirt. A middle-aged man stopped me to asked me what class I was an SI for. When I told him, he said, "Thank you so much for what you do! My daughter was in chemistry last semester and she would come home every day raving about how wonderful her SI facilitator was and how much help she was. Keep doing great things and thank you again!" The realization that this program has such an incredible influence that it can reach into the lives of even the families of the students involved just warmed my heart so much and gave me such pleasure and honor to be a part of it!

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

I have grown so much as a leader, as a peer, a student, and a person in general. The art of knowing the best ways to reach out to and interact with people your age, your superior and younger takes lots of practice and many training grounds. I am naturally wired to be a leader, but I have been able to improve in so many ways. The experiences and connections I've made are absolutely invaluable. 

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

Don't be afraid to ask questions and talk to one another. The hardest part of any class is figuring out what you don't know. If you don't work with someone else, either a classmate, study buddy, or even a professor, you can't know where you need to improve and your study time will not be nearly as focused.

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

In all 6 semesters I've been a facilitator I have only worked with Biology 1107 because of the material. 1107 is all about the biological processes that drive life in this world and that is so fascinating to me. Learning the mechanisms and pieces of the puzzles of life is actually quite fun once you have an idea of how to approach them.

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

  • Teach a concept: If you can explain something to someone else then you know you have it down. 
  • Work it out on the board: Being able to draw out the concept in either a follow chart or a process allows you to know how things fit together and where the gaps are in your knowledge. 
  • Devise your own questions: If you can phrase a concept in the form of a question (the trickier the better) and actually know the answer, and then be able to answer an equally tricky question from the mind of someone else, you have a better idea of how to answer test questions. Reading comprehension of what the question is actually asking is one of the biggest challenges students face on tests.

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