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Jeff Thigpen

What is your major/minor?


What year in school are you?


Interesting fact?

I have been in the arctic circle.

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

I am married and have two children. I also have two part-time jobs. That's all I can handle!

How many semesters have you been facilitating?


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

BIOL 1108K

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

My short term goal is to graduate in 2018. My long term goal is to get my doctorate and teach at a university. 
For me, SI was a way of seeing what it's like to help someone learn in a university setting. It has helped me get my feet wet and given me great insight into teaching. Even though it's not exactly teaching, it has helped me learn how to help someone else learn.

What is your favorite SI moment?

My favorite SI moment is when I see the look of relief on someone's face because they understood something they didn't think they could grasp and then that person gets excited and wants to help someone else.

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

I have gained a greater appreciation for the teacher/student relationship. As a facilitator I am in between the two and get to see both sides. It helps me to see what the student needs as well as the teacher.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

The best study tip is nothing special. There is no trick, that I know of, that help students better than simple discipline and making yourself give the effort required. My own definition for discipline is to do what you don't want to do, or not to do what you want to do, because it is the best thing for you. The reward is most assuredly worth it. A close second to this would be that sometimes you just need to put the book down and go to sleep. You're better off when you wake up.

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

In my field of study, the field of science, belief in God is not warmly welcomed. But it is that belief that makes me excited about the material I SI for. Biology 1108 deals largely with biodiversity. Uncovering and understanding the diversity of the earth gives me a greater understanding of God, not to mention a constant, renewing sense of awe that there is a being capable of putting all of this together.

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

My favorite CLT is the Think-Pair-Share. It incorporates individual and group learning very well.

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