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Ashley Kirby

What is your major/minor?

 Major: Biology

Minors: Spanish, Psychology

What year in school are you?


Interesting fact?

I was a dancer almost my entire life, and still enjoy doing ballet.

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, hiking, going on adventures with friends, and spending time with my family.

How many semesters have you been facilitating?

 I have been facilitating for four semesters.

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


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

 I hope to go to graduate school, and eventually teach biology. SI is extremely beneficial in gaining classroom experience, and learning how to interact with and help students.

What is your favorite SI moment?

One of my favorite moments in SI is seeing the excitement that students experience when they finally understand something they have been struggling with. I also love seeing the students interact with each other, and become friends throughout the semester. Overall, it’s just cool to see the growth and improvement in each student as the semester progresses.

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

Through being an SI facilitator, I have learned a lot about the material itself, which has been beneficial in other classes. I have also met a lot of people throughout the semesters, and many past students have become my classmates in future classes, and even my friends. SI has allowed me to practice public speaking in group situations, and helped me understand how to help people one-on-one, as well. Overall, SI has helped me develop leadership skills, and provided academic and personal growth.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

I would recommend reading the textbook, making flashcards, and outlining all the chapters in your own words. I also think it’s beneficial to form a study group with other people in your class, and SI is a great place to do that!

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

I think the 1107 material is a great introduction to a lot of biology concepts, and I really enjoy seeing the students become interested, and develop their curiosity. It’s fun to see them building a foundation of knowledge that they will use in all their future classes, and then start going beyond the basics to ask more in-depth questions.

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

I really enjoy using the “think, pair, share” CLT during my sessions. I love that it allows time for independent thought, so the students have a chance to develop their own ideas, but that it also provides a chance for partners to work together and, finally, the opportunity for a group conversation.

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