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Check out the tutors available in the Learning Center- 251 Murphy Library. The experienced tutors are there to assist you in your biology courses.

The coordinator for the Biology tutoring is Dr. Lee Baines.

Biology tutor coordinator

Lee Baines Profile
Lecturer
134 Wittich Hall
lbaines@uwlax.edu
608.785.8244

Here at the Murphy Learning Center, our tutors are all friendly, qualified individuals. All of our tutors have gotten good grades in the classes they tutor and have been recommended by faculty from their department. In addition to their knowledge our tutors are now taking a class designed to make them effective tutors. Meet our tutors!

Molly Lawler
Molly Lawler
Therapeutic Recreation, Sophomore

Brief BiographyMy goal is to become an Occupational Therapist and work in a setting that involves children. I love to stay active by running, playing volleyball and basketball, and golfing. I also enjoy spending time with my family and baking.

Study TipStudy for exams early. This way, if you run into questions about material, you won’t be having to scrape for information and cram last minute. A good way to tell if you understand the concepts or are ready for an exam, is to teach it to others.

Claire Simpson
Claire Simpson
Biology, Senior

Brief Biography: After graduation I plan to get a job in the field. I love to travel, read, be outside, and spend time with my friends and family.

Study Tip: Do any practice problems, practice exams, homework problems that are available. For classes that don’t lend themselves well to practice problems, I like to rewrite my notes and/or make flash cards. This helps me review and remember the important concepts.

Taryn Ashley
Taryn Ashley
Microbiology (Biomedical Concentration & Pre-PA), Junior

Brief Biography: I plan to attend Physician Assistant school after graduation. Eventually, I’d like to get involved with programs such as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) so as to better serve those that are in the most need of medical assistance. I thoroughly enjoy reading, listening to music, singing in my car, laughing, being outdoors, and playing basketball.

Study Tip: Try to teach someone else a concept you are learning. If you can articulate clearly and correctly that which you are studying, you have a firm grip on the information. If you get stuck, you see what parts you need extra time on. Additionally, put yourself in the role of your professor and think of questions that they might ask you regarding a certain topic

Courtney Swanson
Courtney Swanson
Biology (Environmental Sciences Concentration), Junior

Brief Biography: I plan to attend Physician Assistant school after graduation. Eventually, I’d like to get involved with programs such as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) so as to better serve those that are in the most need of medical assistance. I thoroughly enjoy reading, listening to music, singing in my car, laughing, being outdoors, and playing basketball.

Study Tip: Try to teach someone else a concept you are learning. If you can articulate clearly and correctly that which you are studying, you have a firm grip on the information. If you get stuck, you see what parts you need extra time on. Additionally, put yourself in the role of your professor and think of questions that they might ask you regarding a certain topic

Mitchel McCloskey
Mitchel McCloskey
Biology (Aquatic Sciences Concentration), Sophomore

Brief Biology: I love the outdoors and exploring our world. I do not put salt on my watermelon. My biology interests include animal behavior and marine biology.

Study Tip: Don’t be afraid to ask your professors questions, the tutoring center is a great resource for extra help but talking to your professor is never a bad option. Also, it can help build a personal relationship between you and them which could help ease anxieties. Although, we’d love you to comesee us too!

Sarah Jacobs
Sarah Jacobs
Exercise and Sport Science (Pre-PA), Junior

Brief Biology: I plan to enroll in a Physician Assistant program after I graduate. I enjoy learning new things, being active, and playing just about any sport you could think of. I also a member of the UWL women’s soccer team.

Study Tip: GO TO CLASS! Attendance is not always mandatory, but if you go to all of your classes, you will do better. Also, SLEEP! Sometimes it may seem like you don’t have time to rest, but it is important that you make time. Rested minds are sharp minds!

Lauren Gruber
Lauren Gruber
Biology (Pre-PA), Junior

Brief Biography:  I love running and playing piano. After graduation, I hope to attend Physician Assistant school, and eventually work in Pediatrics.

Study Tip: Ask for help as soon as you need it, instead of waiting until right before an exam. You would be surprised how quickly a question can be answered by visiting your professors’ office hours or asking the tutors at the MLC!

Anna Rowe
Biology, Senior

Brief Biography: I am on the UWL Cheer team, I love doing anything outdoors as well as reading, trying and learning new things. I currently don’t have a definitive plan for after graduation, but I’m very excited to see where the world will take me. 

Study Tip: Look at your learning objectives!! If professors are taking the time to tell you what they want you to be able to do and know, you better make sure you’re able to do those things.

Alyssa Patten
Alyssa Patten
Biology (Pre-PT), Junior

Brief Biography:  I love to run, hike the bluffs, and decorate cakes. I hope to attend grad school after getting my undergraduate degree in order to become a Physical Therapist, and my ultimate goal is to be able to work with kids in the pediatric setting.

Study Tip:  Rewrite your notes after class! Even if you write out your notes during class rather than typing on a computer, go back to your room or the library and just rewrite everything again. This will help you in the long run with being able to remember information you’ve learned. 

Zoey Good
Zoey Good
Biochemistry & Biology (Cellular-Molecular Concentration), Sophomore

Brief Biography: During the week, I spend most of my free time studying and researching in Dr. Jennifer Klein’s lab. On the weekends, I work as a certified nursing assistant and do my laundry! After undergrad, I will hopefully be continuing on to medical school and become a surgeon. I had the opportunity job shadow an emergency surgeon this summer and fell in love with the work!

Study Tip: Go to the tutoring center or your professor’s office hours as soon as you have a question. An email to your professor would also be good. Looking over and understanding your lecture material before going to your next lecture is very important. Studies have shown that constantly studying throughout the material will result in a higher grade on an exam than if you were to just cram the night before. Trust me on this one...

David Kufner
David Kufner
Biology (Biomedical Concentration), Sophomore

Brief Biography: After I graduate from UW-L, I plan on going to medical school.  Once medical school is out of the way, I want to become an orthopedic surgeon for a professional sports team.  In my free time, I love to cycle and lift weights.  I went on my first bike race around Lake Winnebago (Northeast Wisconsin), and that was 90 miles!  It was a difficult challenge, but the reward of actually completing my first race (and a huge one at that!) was priceless.  

Study Tip: SLEEP!  Your brain does not function as well as you think it does on very little sleep.  I believe getting enough sleep is just as important as maintaining good study habits. The key here is to have a balance between adequate sleep, and adequate time spent studying the way that works best for you.

Noah Giebink
Noah Giebink
Biology, Junior

Brief Biography: If I lost everything but still had music, I would probably be in good shape (assuming that I still had my guitar, drums, ukulele, and Spotify). But, as long as I haven’t lost everything, I also enjoy biking, being with friends, awful cartoons, and long walk-and-talks. Academically, I’m particularly intrigued by animal behavior. I currently enjoy research with Dr. Klein in the pupating lab, leading in Cru, and volunteering with youth.

Study Tip: Review all of the concepts you need to know. Take the ones that you can’t immediately explain or understand and make them into study guide questions. Answer those questions in detail. You now have a convenient review guide for all the hardest topics in your class.