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Fen Frizzell

What is your major/minor?


What year in school are you?


Interesting fact?

I can quote Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl almost word for word.

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

I enjoy playing video games, attending conventions, creative writing, and watching anime.

How many semesters have you been facilitating?

4 semesters

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

BIOL 1107K & 1108K

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

My short term goals are to complete my bachelor's degree and to polish my leadership and organization skills in order to apply them in graduate school. My long term goals are to attend graduate school to obtain a master's degree in museum studies and to work in a natural history museum. 
SI has allowed me to explore and practice these leadership and organization skills to develop them and be able to use them throughout the rest of my life.

What is your favorite SI moment?

My favorite SI moment is when the students' thoughts "click" and they understand the material, which then helps them become more confident in their studies and approach to further material

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

I have gained confidence in my interactions with others. I have also gained leadership experience and experience in handling responsibilities and time management. I have also experienced a sense of joy when I know that I've helped students with their understanding of the material I love.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

Firstly, start your studies at least two weeks in advance of your exams; studying should be a continuous process to help you build gradual connections with the concepts you're learning. 
Find what type of learner you are: visual, auditory, etc. and incorporate those techniques into your studying. 
Quiz yourself frequently and write material in your own words. If you can explain a concept in your own words, especially to another person to teach them, then you've got it!

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

I am constantly fascinated with the complexity of the world around us and how it all functions, changes, and persists. There is so much we don't know, but knowing just a fraction can induce a yearning for more knowledge. Science does not only include understanding the world, but also appreciating it. I love sharing this knowledge and appreciation with others, and I hope it inspires other inquisitive minds to explore the mysteries around us.

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

I really enjoy group verbal volleyball, where students collaborate within groups on material and then those groups hold a back-and-forth discussion over the material. It can be insightful to hear different perspectives and thought processes, and it seems to really help the students in their understanding by having several minds give input about various concepts.

What is your favorite aspect of the mentor role?

My favorite aspect of being a mentor would be the ability to guide new facilitators and help them grow in their role. Being able to draw from my own experiences and give facilitators that advice is rewarding when I see it in practice before they evolve their own style of how to approach things.

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