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Chemistry

Confused about chemistry? Not sure where to begin? Come to the learning center and talk to one of our chemistry tutors! Tutors are available for General Chemistry (103/104), Analytical Chemistry (301), Organic Chemistry (250/300/303/304/305), and Biochemistry (250/325). Tutors in the learning center can help you learn to start (and finish!) chemistry problems by refining your understanding of chemistry concepts and guiding you through example problems.

Chemistry students


The purpose of the Murphy Learning Center is to provide tutoring in the listed disciplines at no cost.  All students can come to the Learning Center any of the hours listed.  Please note that not all tutors can assist with all courses.

Chemistry tutors are supervised by the Chemistry Tutor Coordinator, Dr Yevgeniya Turov. Specific questions about chemistry tutors can be directed to yturov@uwlax.edu.

Chemistry tutor coordinator

Yevgeniya Turov Profile
Associate Lecturer
4005 Cowley Hall
yturov@uwlax.edu
608.785.5282
Specialty areas:

General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry


Office hours:

Fall 2016: W 9:55-11:55 in the Murphy Learning Center or by appointment

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!

Justin Wedal
Justin Wedal
Chemistry, Senior

Brief Biography: After UW-L I plan on going to graduate school. I enjoy watching college (Go Blue) and pro football, as well as pretty much any other sport outdoors. I spend a lot of my free time at the rec and playing guitar and the drums. I really enjoy music as I've been in the band program since 8th grade and can talk about it for hours.

Study Tip: Understand the general concepts, that is the most important. If you can explain why you're doing a problem in a certain way, I think that's most of the battle. I also like to rewrite my notes at the end of each chapter, it forces you to take a second look at the material (which you should have done already) and hand-writing notes actually helps you to learn and remember the things you heard in lecture.

Kathleen Becker
Kathleen Becker
Chemistry, Sophomore

Brief Biography: I love to travel. I have been to 44 states, 6 countries, and 3 continents.

Study TipPractice, practice, practice! Do all of the homework and rework examples from class. Try and do as much as you can without your notes and only refer to them if you get stuck.

Bailey Hayes
Bailey Hayes
Biology (Biomedical Concentration & Pre-PA), Junior

Brief Biography: I hope to one day become a Pediatric Physician Assistant to work directly with others and make an impact on their lives.  I also enjoy playing volleyball and spending time with my family and friends.

Study Tip: Try to study a little bit each day for an exam instead of trying to cram the night before.  Also, get plenty of sleep the night before an exam instead of staying up late cramming.  For Chemistry do as many practice problems as you can because practice makes perfect.

Andrew Gregory
Andrew Gregory
Computer Science (Pre-Med), Junior

Brief Biography: I hope to earn an M.D. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. I’m part of the Chemistry, Computer Science, and Pre-Med clubs on campus. I play intramural basketball and volleyball

Study Tip: Go through your material a little everyday, not as a student but as a teacher; always be thinking about what a teacher wants you to get out of it and be able to explain it to someone else. This stresses repetition and complete understanding as well as gets you thinking about what questions will appear on exams.

Gus Greife
Gus Greife
Biology (Biomedical Concentration & Pre-PT), Junior

Brief Biography: Hopefully will become a physical therapist (hence the pre-PT).  Involved in the biology and physical therapy clubs on campus and also play (and often lose) in intramural football, basketball, and floor hockey.  I thoroughly enjoy all types of music and debating about historical discrepancies with my roommates (I often win those). 

Study Tip: Often times, exams for all classes are grouped together in a one or two week period.  Look over your syllabus for all classes in the beginning of a semester and determine when your exams for each are.  This allows you to know when you can study a little each day (or at all) and when you need to really spend some time on it.  I usually start really studying hard at least five days before an exam.  Studying the day before an exam is the absolute worst time to study.

Mitch Malecha
Biochemistry, Sophomore

Brief Biography: I was a member of 4-H for ten years. Here at UW-L, I’m involved with the Nutrition and Pre-Med clubs, as well as the Eagle Apprenticeship Program.

Study TipStudy every day so you are able to retain more information (this will work much better than just studying the night before the exam). Similarly, study the basic information first. Therefore, the more complicated concepts will be easier to learn if you have a good foundation.

Anna Holman
Anna Holman
Chemistry ACS (Pre-Dentistry), Sophomore

Brief Biography: I love animals (that's my kitten, Luna, in my pic) and I’m a netflix addict but I also love getting involved around campus and meeting new people. I am part of volunteering within, pre-dentistry club, and ETA.

Study Tip: In chemistry, practice really does make perfect so keep working on those practice problems that your prof gives you, or go in your book or online to find more problems to do. You can never do too many because it helps you feel more comfortable with the material and therefore more confident on exams. 

Kaitlyn Rago
Kaitlyn Rago
Biochemistry, Sophomore

Brief Biography: I love a good adventure. Whether it be climbing a mountain or going in glacial ice caves (which is what’s going on in this picture), I am always open to new challenges.

Study Tip: When you get an exam back, make sure you understand what you did wrong and don’t just throw those old tests aside. A lot of chemistry is cumulative, and you can’t decide that what you learned previously is unimportant. Review or even retake old exams so that you understand the material, because when you’re learning new material that is building off of previously learned material, it is much easier to learn new things if you are able to do what you have already learned. 

Brianna Haight
Brianna Haight
Biochemistry (Pre-Med), Junior

Brief Biography: When I’m not studying, I enjoy training for triathlons and eating ice cream! :) I also love traveling, and a good adventure!

Study Tip: If you don’t fully understand something in class, get help THAT day! It will make it so much easier to stay on top of the material,and prevent you from falling behind. 

Madison Haus
Madison Haus
Biomedical Sciences, Junior

Brief Biography: Biggest passion (besides chemistry of course) is traveling and painting. I’m Pre-PA and my dream graduate school is University of Colorado Boulder andwill be applying this upcoming Spring. Penguins are fantastic animals and peanut butter/Harry Potter can turn any day around. 

Study Tip: Redoing any past tests or quizzes/problems helps tremendously! 

Caleb Griesbach
Caleb Griesbach
Chemistry & Math, Junior

Brief Biography: During the winter, you can find me at Mt. La Crosse skiing. I am a huge Packers fan, I will often where green and gold during my tutor hours. Another thing I am currently doing is a machine learning independent study.

Study Tip: Color coating and before exams make yourself a study guide. I like to combine both of them. It will help you relearn the material and you can also use the study guide when studying for the final. 

Justin Blatnik
Justin Blatnik
Biochemistry (Pre-Med), Sophomore

Brief Biography: I love to be active, whether it is playing sports or being outdoors. Member of the Chemistry club, pre-med club, weightlifting club and play on flag football, coed soccer and softball on intramural teams on campus.

Study Tip: It is often useful to re-read and condense notes into the most important concepts, using your own words. Practice, practice, practice!

Jack Komro
Jack Komro
Biology- Biomedical Concentration (Pre-Med), Senior

Brief Biography: I enjoy hiking the bluffs as well as playing basketball and football. I play intramural basketball and am involved in Pre-Med Club  and EPA Honors Club. 

Study Tip: After each class review the notes you just took. Also, make sure you take the time to understand what you did wrong on homework assignments and exams.