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Kelly Smith

What is your major? 

Biology

What year in school are you? 

Fourth-year

Interesting fact? 

I technically graduated high school at 16!

What do you do outside of being a busy student? 

A solid portion of my time is spent commuting so I started listening to a podcast (My Brother, My Brother, and Me is absolutely hysterical if anyone is looking for a new podcast). When I'm not driving, you can find me watching something on Netflix with my cats, pole dancing at a local aerialist company, or practicing reading my Tarot cards.

How many semesters have you been facilitating? 

One

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, I want to graduate with my bachelors and potentially go to grad school. Long term, I'm not really sure! I'm excited that SI will give me a chance to use and develop new skills that I'm hoping will help me figure out what I want to do.

What is your favorite SI moment?

Watching students try to explain things to each other in a variety of ways is really cool to watch. Not everyone learns the same way and sometimes it takes a different perspective or different phrasing to help a concept click.

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator? 

This is only my first semester doing it but I've already gained the excellent SI community of people who are super friendly and passionate about what they do.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students? 

I think it's important to find out what works for you! It really depends on what subject it is and how you learn best. For science or math classes, it might be better to just do a bunch of practice problems. For English or history, you might do better to reread your book or your notes until you understand it. You might prefer to study alone with some music or with a group of people. It might take some trial and error but once you find what works, you'll be golden.

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

Well I'm a biology major and I'm really interested in any and all things related to science. I've taken a variety of biology and chemistry classes over the last few years and even though some of them were difficult, the information has always been really engaging. I'm hoping that some of my excitement about it transfers to the students!

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

I really like ones that cater to different learning types so that all kinds of students can gain something from it.

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