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

Eugenia Turov Profile of Eugenia Turov Office hours
Lecturer
4005 Cowley Hall
eturov@uwlax.edu
608.785.5282
Specialty areas:

Inorganic Chemistry, General Chemistry

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 Ratkovec

Justin Ratkovec

Major: Chemistry, Junior

About me: When I’m not in class or studying, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and cooking. My current plan is to go onto graduate school for chemistry and eventually research something I am deeply passionate and curious about.

Study Tips: Use all your resources available to you such as your professor’s office hours, your textbook, and of course the MLC learning center. Also, try to go a layer deeper than what you are supposed to know for the class on complicated topics. So if a topic is complicated for you, try to ask why it makes sense for it to be that way instead of just accepting that fact on the surface.

Natalia Draghicchio

Natalia Draghicchio

Major: Chemistry and Spanish, Sophomore

About Me: I am from Green Bay, Wisconsin. In my free time I like to spend time with my friends and explore the bluffs or participate in other outdoor activities. I am very involved on campus with different clubs and other extracurricular activities. Getting involved on campus is a great way to meet new people and make the most out of your time here at UWL!

Study tip: The best way to study in my opinion is to force yourself to do all of your homework without your notes next to you. Once you struggle through it, go back through it with your notes to correct any mistakes you made. Doing this forces you to dig into your brain to see what you remember well and what you may need to spend a little more time on!

 

Gina Wade

Gina Wade

Major: Biochemistry, Senior

About Me: After graduation, I hope to continue lab work and may pursue a career in industry. I am currently involved in research on HpmA with Dr. Grilley and Dr. Weaver and lead the Chemistry/Biochemistry Club here on campus. In my spare time, I love to play guitar and cello, drink coffee, and play tennis!

Study Tips: Practice, of course. I also recommend studying in a quiet space away from potential distractions. Quiet environments can really make a difference! Explaining concepts and problems to other people, maybe friends or classmates, can also help solidify information. Being able to recite your notes does not help reinforce content! If you can teach someone else a concept and put it into our own words, however, you’ll probably understand it better.




Katie Sebranek

Katie Sebranek

Major: Biology: Biomedical Science Concentration, Pre-Med Track Minor: Chemistry, Junior

About me: I'm an aspiring podiatrist who also happens to be a super fan of The Office and a CrossFitter. I'm fueled by sarcasm and coffee and love to hike up the bluffs and improve my painting skills in my free time. I do research on campus with Dr. Cooper where we study blood clotting in hibernating 13-line ground squirrels.

Study tip: Find others in your class to review concepts with. Being able to explain a concept to someone else helps ensure that you full understand what you are learning and deepens your own understanding. Most importantly, ask questions and go to office hours!

Lindsay Heagle

Lindsay Heagle

Major: Chemistry Minor: Math and Spanish, Sophomore

About Me: I am from Appleton, Wisconsin. When I have free time (read as – when I’m not studying), I enjoy hanging out with my friends and watching Netflix. I am part of the UWL Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, which keeps me active and involved on campus. In addition to being the current analytical chemistry prep student, I work on undergraduate research with Dr. Nelson. Learning is one of my passions, and I really hope I can help others with their own learning during my time in the tutoring center.

Study tip: It may seem cliché, but practice really does make perfect, or at least makes you a bit more comfortable. Spending that extra time doing homework and textbook practice problems can and will make scary subjects a little less daunting when you have to face them on a test.

Emily Kind

Emily Kind

Major: Biology with a Biomedical Science Concentration Minor: Chemistry, Senior

About Me: I am from Marathon, Wisconsin. I am a senior at La Crosse and graduating this December. I enjoy to spend my free time hanging out with friends and family and enjoying time outdoors. One of my favorite outdoor hobbies is downhill skiing, I just recently started going a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it! I also recently just set a goal of visiting every national park, I was able to visit five this past summer on a road trip and they were so amazing!

Study Tip: I highly recommend reviewing your notes on a daily basis, this gives your brain time to process information and will better prepare you for exams rather than trying to cram material in a couple of days before the exam.

 

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!

McKenna Morrow

McKenna Morrow

Major: Biology with Biomedical Concentration, Junior

About Me: Here at UWL I am involved in clubs and am a TA for A&P lab alongside of being a tutor. After undergrad I hope to go to medical school in hopes of becoming an OB/GYN. In my free time I like to spend time with family and friends, stay active and travel. Some of my most recent travels have been to Budapest, Guatemala and Tennessee- ask me about them if you want a break from studying!

Study Tip: Ask questions and use your previous exams/ class problems to study! Your teacher is your best resource, so doing practicing problems that they wrote really help you figure out what to focus on to study and how they will word questions for future exams.

Rebecca Becker

Rebecca Becker

Major: Biology (biomedical science concentration) Minor: Nutrition and Psychology, Sophomore

About me: In my free-time I enjoy playing volleyball, hiking, hammocking, and staying active. I also like to reading and watching scary movies. I hope to go into onto graduate school for occupational therapy after getting my undergraduate degree.

 

Study Tips: My biggest study tip is flashcards because they allow you to study anywhere at anytime. Repetition is key to learning material, so I also recommend watching videos on important topics that you might not understand, and doing all practice/book problems.

Amira Alaoui

Amira Alaoui

Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry and Psychology, Junior

About Me:  I hope to go to grad school for physical therapy after I finish my undergrad here at UWL. In my free-time, I enjoy cuddling with my dogs, being outside in the sunshine and cooking delicious Moroccan food.

Study tips: I would recommend doing all the practice problems, even when they seem repetitive and boring. All the extra practice will pay off on your final grade! Another helpful study skill is working through a small portion of the material each day and building on the content and so it doesn’t feel overwhelming the night before a quiz or exam.

Meara Malloy

Meara Malloy

Exercise and Sport Science, Pre-PA, Senio

Brief Biography: My ultimate goal is to become a Physician Assistant, and in my free time, I love to run, read, watch movies (except horror movies), and spend time with my family and my two big dogs. I also love to draw and hope to fit some art classes in my schedule!

Study Tips: Use the textbook. If you don’t understand a concept that your professor discussed in class, try reading the textbook because it might explain the material a little differently and in a way that you can better understand. Also, worked-through example problems in the book are a great reference if you get stuck on a certain type of problem. And of course, the practice problems are soooo helpful!

Joshua Jensen

Joshua Jensen

Major: Biochemistry Minor: Spanish and Biology, Senior

About me: Honestly, my true passion is in learning! I spend most of my time just studying, working, and playing with my dog; yeah I have a dog and he’s really awesome! Right now I am involved with undergraduate research under Dr. Czerwinski 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.

Katharine Shebesta

Katharine Shebesta

Major: Biology, Pre-Physical Therapy Track Minor: Chemistry, Senior

About Me: I love science almost as much as I love dogs. I work as a Physical Therapy aide, combining my other loves: humans, teaching, and learning.  I am a devoted Friends fan, which is made evident by my many references that may seem excessive at points.  In my free time, I love to read, hike, and dabble in yoga.

Study tips: Don’t be afraid to go in and talk to the professors, it helps immensely. When I went in and talked to my professors they not only helped me understand difficult concepts but they pointed out important aspects of the course that helped me to get the grade I wanted.

Kayla Manuell

Kayla Manuell

Major: Biology Pre-Physical Therapy, Sophomore

About Me: I am from Rochester, Minnesota.  I love hiking and being in the outdoors.  My favorite place to hike around La Crosse is up Grandad's Bluff.  I love small animals like rodents and their relatives with my favorites being guinea pigs.  I nanny during the summer because I love kids. I love the Midwest and am hoping to go to grad school for PT in the area, specifically at UWL!

Study Tips: My best studying tip is to study on your own first before studying with your friends.  Teaching your friends is a great way to test your understanding on the subject. Another tip is to do the practice exam if your professor provides one.  These are great ways to practice your timing on the exam as well as figure out what materials you are still struggling with.

Dalton Shaw

Dalton Shaw

Major: Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences (Pre-Med), Senior

About Me: I am from Black River Falls, Wisconsin. In my free time I enjoy being outside and being active in any way possible. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading Game of Thrones and playing chess. I enjoy tutoring because there is no better feeling than when you finally are able to help someone understand something and you watch them excel at it. I am involved with quite a few things on campus so many faces are familiar but some aren’t. So don’t be afraid to come say hello and hopefully I can help you!

Study Tip: My best advice for you is to find out what study habits work for you and then don’t stray from it. I know it took myself multiple trail and errors to figure out the best way to prepare for an exam. Some things you could try would be making notecards, study groups or using a dry erase board and markers. I myself do not learn very well from notecards so I study using a dry erase board and markers. Also one last tip is to not make the study groups any bigger then about 3 or 4 people. I’ve noticed that once you start forming large groups like that you become more likely to get off task.

Rose Anderson

Rose Anderson

Major: Biochemistry, Pre-Med Minor: Sociology, Junior

About Me: I’m from New Berlin, WI. I may seem shy at first, but once you get to know me I open up. I love hanging out with my close friends and family.  I’m treasurer for UWL’s Habitat for Humanity Club and I love it. I got to know more people and participate in helping the community. Collge is scary, but also so much fun. You can make some awesome new friends and learn so much.  I know the transition to collge can be challenging, but you can do it!

Study Tip: Don’t be afraid to seek out help from peers, tutors, or professors. Keep a positive attitude even if a concept or assignment is challenging!

Alexandra Galbraith

Alexandra Galbraith

Major: Chemistry Minor: Math, Junior

About Me: After graduation I hope to attend grad school to study the neuroscience. I am currently doing toxicology research on snails with Dr. Carmosini and Dr. Sandland. In my free time I like to read, socialize with friends, and listen to live music. I’m a La Crosse native, so if you’re looking for things to do or looking for a good place to eat, hit me up!

Study Tips: Improving the way you manage your time is one of the easiest ways to enhance your performance in school. Don’t wait until the last minute to get things done. Review notes that you took in class as soon as possible, and ask the professor or other classmates questions about concepts or problems that you don’t understand. Get little assignments done early to get them out of the way so you can spend more time studying before crunch time hits.

 

Allison Coyle

Allison Coyle

Major: Chemistry Minor: Physics (Astronomy Emphasis), Junior

About Me: I like astrology and cryptozoology and, I guess real science is cool too. I also am fond of cats, so if you ever want to show me pictures of your cats or whatever, I’m down. I’m also down to talk about any TV show or movie involving aliens.

Study tip: Do your homework! Do the practice problems your instructor assigns! You won’t get better at math or science if you don’t practice, even if that seems like the last thing you want to do. This stuff gets easier the more you do it, especially if you challenge yourself to do it without outside help (notes, Google, etc.).

 

Autumn Handahl

Autumn Handahl

Major: Biology Education Minor: Chemistry Education

About Me: My hometown is Rochester Minnesota, where I have two awesome dogs, a brother and my parents. I have been at La Crosse for three years now, and love the campus and the students! I enjoy reading, hanging out with friends, working with kids, and I am a huge nerd for things like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter! I am really excited to be a high school science teacher one day!

Study Tip: Do not procrastinate on studying for tests or working on projects! It makes it really hard to catch up once you start falling behind, so it’s best to start studying for classes as soon as possible, and don’t be afraid to seek help when you need it!

Josh Christensen

Josh Christensen

Major: Biology (Biomedical Sciences Concentration) Minor: Nutrition

About me: I am originally from Oregon WI which is about 10 minutes south of Madison. I try to stay very active on campus, I am on the cross country and track and field teams here on campus, I am in a few clubs, and I am involved in undergraduate research in organic chemistry with Dr. Stepanova. After undergrad, my goal is to go to medical school, I do not know what type of doctor I would like to be yet because so many of the specialties seem interesting to me. The two that I am interested in right now are orthopedic surgery and anesthesiology, but that could change next week…

Study Tip: If your professor posts a study guide or learning objectives, use it. Don’t just go through the motions of looking over, it really go in depth with the questions filling in as much information in as much detail as you can. I think it helps to rewrite stuff or retype it rather than just going through it in your head. After you have it all filled out, go through it many times. It may take quite a while on the first attempt, but as you progress you will be able to go through the whole thing in a relatively short amount of time.