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Frank Ventura

What is your major/minor?

Biology major/chemistry and psychology minors

What year in school are you?

4th year

Interesting fact?

I shadowed doctors in Portugal for a month over summer 2016.

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

Exercise, piano, guitar, and cook

How many semesters have you been facilitating?

This is my first semester

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?

My short term goal is to get accepted into medical school. SI has helped me develop leadership and communication skills that will prepare me for the standards of a medical student.

My long term goal is to become a doctor and inspire my patients to live a physically and socially healthy lifestyle. Just as developing leadership and communication skills will help me in my short term goals, they will carry with me through the long term as well. To perform as an exceptional doctor and inspire others, knowing efficient ways to communicate and continuously building strong leader qualities are essential.

What is your favorite SI moment?

It is difficult to pick a favorite moment since many experiences have already become memorable. If I had to choose, however, whenever a student smiles and says "thank you" after a session would be my favorite. Saying "thank you" is never mandatory, and when students want to go out of their way to mention it anyway, I know I have formed a strong relationship with them, have helped them academically, and have the opportunity to continue helping them grow.

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

I have gained an amazing opportunity to develop my own leadership skills and positively influence other students.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

Do not cram for studying! The number one technique that has helped me in all courses has been to read over my notes for several minutes in the morning and night each day. It is stress-free, you retain information better, and it doesn't take any more time than cramming does, usually even less time.

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

Molecular and cellular topics are my absolute favorite, but I have enjoyed every topic in biology.

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

Taboo has been my favorite for purposes of learning as well as enjoying studying.

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