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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.

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:  After graduation, I will be attending Physician Assistant school, and I hope to eventually be in Pediatrics. I really like working with kids, which is why I also have a job at the Child Care Center. When I'm not studying, tutoring, or with the CCC kids, I love to hike the bluffs, go for a run, and hang out with friends.

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!

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.

Michael Loebertman
Michael Loebertman
Biology-Biomedical Sciences
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.