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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 of Lee Baines
Lecturer
261 Murphy Library
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!

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!

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.

Joshua Jensen
Joshua Jensen
Biochemistry

Brief Biography: Honestly, my true passion is in learning! I spend most of my time just studying, working, and playing ping-pong on my free time; yeah I’m that guy! Right now I am involved with undergraduate research under Dr. Cooper and love every second of it! I also work as a CNA and am currently looking for a job as an EMT to continue my gradual progression into the medical field. After I finish my Bachelor’s I plan on going to medical school to become a general surgeon.

Study Tip: Know how to balance fun and studying. My first semester I spent almost every moment in the library but I became burnt out near the end of the semester. Studying is wildly important but being able to incorporate some fun is also important because it gives one’s brain a chance to relax. Also, if your professor posts their notes on D2L, print them. I found that focusing on writing what they are saying, other than what is on the slides, is very beneficial.

Brittany Do-McKenzie
Brittany Do-McKenzie
Accounting

Brief Biography: I enjoy staying active and consuming myself with everything La Crosse has to offer.  During the weeks I am busy with classes, studying/homework, exercising, and eating.  The library is my second home, so I am sure you will see me there at one point.  My free time consists of spending time with friends, hanging out in my hammock, going for runs, bike rides, and rollerblading adventures.  In terms of school, I love numbers and being challenged with figuring out problems.  After undergrad I hope to become a Certified Public Accountant by passing the series of CPA exams and eventually having a career as an accountant.

Study Tip: Go see your professor’s during office hours and go to the Tutoring Center if you need help!!!  It is important to build relationships with your professor’s to show them that you care and want to learn.  Don’t wait to get help on information you are confused about, go right

Heidi Wirt
Heidi Wirt
Biology

Brief Biography: I love all parts of biology but I am most interested in the environmental aspect of the field. If I’m not working or studying, which is rare, I like to be outside and enjoying the fresh air. After undergrad, I want to maybe get a masters degree in botany or something similar. My dream job would be to research sustainability and how to make the environment better for everyone in the future.

Study Tip: Rewrite your notes and redraw cycles and diagrams as soon as you learn them so that you aren’t cramming before an exam. Also, biology is mostly concept based, so it can be helpful to talk things through with a friend (or tutor in the MLC) and figure out how all the big picture ideas relate to one another. And remember: when in doubt, read the textbook. Oftentimes, they over-describe things which is really helpful on the confusing topics.

Nicholas Domanico
Biochemistry

Brief Biography: I love the outdoors and almost anything that involves being in nature, except maybe getting bit by mosquitos. Hiking, biking, and kayaking are some of my favorite things to do whenever I get the chance. I’m a huge biology nerd, and love talking about anything biology related, especially if it’s related to genetics and evolution, so if you read any cool articles I’d love to talk about it.

Study Tip: No matter how much time you have before an exam you’re always going to wish you had more right before you take it. You can always improve, even if only a little bit. Don’t regret wasting the time that you did have to study for your exams, and use it to your advantage. That doesn’t mean that you should spend all your time studying, but do what you have to do before you do what you want to do.

Skye Volk
Skye Volk
Biology

Brief Biography: I love music and play many instruments.  My favorite instrument to play is the mellophone, which I play in the Screaming Eagles Marching band here at UWL.  I also love to knit.  In my free time I like to hang out and relax with my friends and family.  I am not sure what I want to do once I graduate, but I am excited to see where I end up.  

Study tip:  Be sure to actively study, many students read through lecture slide or their notes and count that as studying.  Find an active way to understand what you are learning.  I like to make flashcards and have someone quiz me.  Also, try to think of possible questions your professors could ask you about the material and write down how you would respond on an exam or a quiz.  

Ruth Higbe-Harrah
Ruth Higbe-Harrah
Biology (Cellular and Molecular Concentration)

Brief Biography: When I am not working, studying, eating, or sleeping in the library, there are a variety of things I like to do in my free time. I am passionate about art, including acting, singing, painting, drawing, crocheting, and anything else I can get my hands on to create! Another passion of mine is going on mission trips; as of this January I have gone on 9 trips so far. I also enjoy ice skating and roller skating, biking, spending time with family, and traveling. When I graduate from UWL, I will pursue a graduate degree in genetic counseling, and my career goal is to work as a genetic counselor at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.


Study Tip: Study in groups. First of all, making plans and knowing others are depending on you will give you motivation to go study, and working with friends can make studying more pleasant. Studies have found the best number for group studying is three people. One benefit of studying with others is that the best way to learn is by teaching material to others, and you will also have the opportunity to learn from others in the areas you are struggling. Finally, with more people, you can quiz each other, and there is less of a chance of forgetting to study anything important.

Alaryana Lipke-Randle
Alaryana Lipke-Randle
Biology (Biomedical Science Concentration)

Brief Biography: I am from the Madison area, and I plan on transferring to the University of Wisc. Madison to pursue my nursing degree with my specialty in the Neo-Natal Unit. I enjoy singing, dancing, spending time with my family and friends, and binge watching my favorite shows including: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Mad Men. I also LOVE Italian food,
comedies, concerts, and long naps.


Study Tip: With this being my first year in this type of environment I would say that studying with a group is extremely helpful. Also redrawing, rewriting, and reciting things are crucial for them to remain in your memory!

About me: I am from the Madison area, and I plan on transferring to the University of Wisc. Madison to pursue my nursing degree with my specialty in the Neo-Natal Unit. I enjoy singing, dancing, spending time with my family and friends, and binge watching my favorite shows including: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Mad Men. I also LOVE Italian food,

comedies, concerts,  and long naps.

Study Tip: With this being my first year

in this type of environment I would say that

studying with a group is extremely helpful.

Also redrawing, rewriting, and reciting things

are crucial for them to remain in your memory!