SI Leader bios

Christine

Christine

Hello fellow cougars! My name is Christine and I will be your Chemistry 345 SI leader this fall 20 semester. I graduated last spring with a major in biology with molecular biology and chemistry minors. I hope to be attending OSU’s pharmacy program after I graduate. I was once a student, who struggled heavily in Physics 101/102, but SI sessions helped me immensely and I passed both courses with an A. What I like to do outside of school is going to the gym, watching popular anime series, and tutoring people. I am honored to be part of the SI program for the third year in a row, and I am looking forward to ensuring everyone's success!

Study tips

  • Attend and participate in SI sessions
  • Do practice problems and test reviews
  • Familiarize yourself with the formulas and understand when/how to use them. It is true that you are allowed one whole sheet of paper for formulas on the test, but it will not be useful if you have never seen or used the formulas before.

Joel

Joel

Hello everyone! My name is Joel, and I’ll be your SI leader for History 105/305 - Roots of Contemporary Issues. I’m currently completing a degree in biology with a minor in anthropology. In the future, I plan on applying to PhD programs. I still haven’t settled on a particular course of study, but I have a strong interest in evolutionary medicine. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, and running. My goal is to help you succeed in the History 105/305, and I encourage you all to take advantage of the SI sessions. They will be a valuable resource as we explore the historical roots of several global challenges that we presently face. The course material is thought-provoking, and my hope is that you enjoy it as much as I did.

Study tips

  • Complete all assignments on time. If you fall behind in the course, it may be challenging to catch up.
  • Attend all lectures and come prepared. Completing pre-class readings will allow you to get the most out of the instruction.
  • Utilize the excellent resources that the campus has available to help you succeed, such as the Writing Center and Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program.

True

True

Hello Cougs! My name is True, and I will be the Physics 101 SI leader. I am a post-bach student who graduated with my bachelor’s in biology in 2019. I am here at WSU taking more classes before pursuing a master’s degree next year. After I obtain my master’s I hope to attend University of Florida’s veterinary program to become a wildlife or zoo veterinarian. Although physics may not directly apply to what I want to do career wise, it is very important in understanding how the world around us works. It is not an easy subject and it was through lots of practice and many SI sessions that I was able to get an A in both physics 101 and 102. In my free time, I enjoy cooking vegetarian/vegan meals, hiking, tending to all of my plants, or hanging out with all of my pets at home (a dog, bunny, and bearded dragon). My hope is that I can help all physics students as much as SI helped me! Hope to meet you all soon!

Josiah

Josiah

Hello! My name is Josiah Cowin, and I am thrilled to be your SI leader for Math 103. Math is a grand passion of mine and I plan to use this opportunity to help you all understand how fascinating and satisfying math can be. My goal is to be your guide throughout the course, using productive study strategies to help you navigate through the more challenging topics in this class and to come out the other side with a toolbox full of skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm for math! Here is some information about me: I am aspiring to become a mathematics professor with a PhD in mathematics, I ride and restore motorcycles, I am a classical pianist, and have far too many hobbies. I look forward to meeting you all and heading on this adventure of learning Math 103 together!

Study tips

  • Learning math often requires putting in a dedicated amount of focus, thought, and repetition before new concepts become clear, often quite suddenly! So, make sure to allot time in your schedule to sit down without distractions and really let yourself focus and be okay with not initially understanding.
  • Routinely attend SI sessions. Our job is to help you not to just pass classes but to really learn and understand the course material.
  • Try taking notes and make sure to go back and read them when you study! There are some who are unable to benefit from taking notes, but I have found that many people are surprised by how much of a difference they can make in really learning new concepts.

Abigail

Abigail

Greetings, fellow students! I am Abigail, the SI Leader for Chemistry 105. I am a transfer student from Montana finishing my last 2 years at WSU Vancouver where I will graduate with a bachelor's in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish. My goal is to apply to medical school and one day run my own clinic. Outside of school, I sew clothing and gowns, play harp, do kickboxing lessons, and spoil my little white bunny. SI is an invaluable program for academic support. Regular attendance and involvement allowed me to surpass my own expectations for myself and succeed in the courses I struggled in. If I can do it, so can you!

Study tips

  • Attend SI!
  • Utilize office hours and the QSC.
  • Take a break when you get frustrated.
  • Give yourself enough time to work on an assignment and get help if you need to. Don't wait until the last minute.