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Mary Tomol

What is your major/minor?


What year in school are you?


Interesting fact?

I have successfully gone on a road trip across the United States a couple of summers ago. I was able to see so many beautiful and majestic places such as the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, and the Rocky Mountains. A trip through the West is truly an experience that every person should one day enjoy. I thoroughly enjoy hiking, camping, and taking my golden retriever almost anywhere I can. I also have a weird obsession with Wonder Woman fan gear!

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

My schedule does keep me very busy, but any free time I can muster into my life is most certainly spent with my loved ones and “treat yourself” days. I really enjoy going to the gym and lifting weights with yoga sprinkled in. I love taking my sweet dog, Colt, on long walks around all of the cow pastures.

How many semesters have you been facilitating?


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

HIST 2112

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

My short-term goals are to learn as much as I can and get a bachelor’s degree. My long-term goals are to be able to utilize that knowledge for future endeavors and teach college-level history. SI relates to these goals because the concept of SI not only gives me a more well-rounded understanding of education at the collegiate level, but also teaches me time management skills that I will surely need for the present and future. 

What is your favorite SI moment? 

I would have to say my favorite moments are when the students are excited about learning with me and letting me help guide them to a better understanding of U.S. history. 

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

I am currently gaining the ability to better my time management skills, organization, and patience.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

Highlighters are your best friend. After I’ve written out all of my notes, it sometimes feels as if the words are just thrown onto the paper without any coherency. A highlighter helps pull out the information needed. Repetition, repetition, and more repetition… 

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

All the history! Since I have already taken the class, and now I’m helping student study all of this material, I feel like a history genius these days.

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

Definitely Heads Up. The students, even the shy ones, get really involved and love helping that person use word association to be able to remember the vast number of names that will be required to know for tests. It is always a lot of fun to watch them learn and enjoy doing it.

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