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

General Chemistry, Inorganic 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 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.

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 and will 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!

Rachel Snyder
Rachel Snyder
Exercise and Sports Science, Pre-professional

Brief Biography: In my free-time, I love playing intramurals, especially soccer and trenchball. My family and I just got a new puppy named Rory (as from Gilmore Girls). I’m part of Pre-PT Club and ESS Club. Finally, I’m a HUGE Taylor Swift fan, and I have been to three of her concerts.

Study Tip: Type up or re-write your class notes. It is a great tool to go over the material and as a result, you study a little bit every day. In addition, try and do as many practice problems as you can before the exam.

Carly Southwick
Carly Southwick
Biology,Biochemistry and Spanish

Brief Biography: I’m a proud cat mom (not the same as a crazy cat lady) and I nanny during the week. I enjoy running, bluff hikes, painting, cooking and spending time with my roommates. Current Netflix series: Narcos, Prison Break, Bob’s Burgers. Born and raised in Wisconsin- GO PACK GO. I studied abroad in Costa Rica and hope to return after graduation to teach English and do some more scuba diving!

Study Tip: Take notes by hand and in different colors- it will help you remember the information better! Go over exams, homework and practice problems- the more you practice the more prepared you will be. Work with classmates and talk through concepts. Finally, GO TO OFFICE HOURS.

Sean O
Sean O'Neil
Biology/Pre-Med

Brief Biography: I love traveling, wrestling, God, my family and my dog! I have traveled to 30 countries in my young life. I studied Spanish in Guatemala for two summers for two weeks each time, I went on a international scholar medical program in Australia this last spring and am volunteering in a medical relief trip for the impoverished children and communities of Las Salinas, Nicaragua this spring break! I am on the UW- La Crosse variety wrestling team with high aspirations for the upcoming season. I am a proud Vikings fan, so if you are a cheesehead, please be aware that you are talking to someone with strong distaste for the Packers.

Study Tips: Study effectively. This does not mean studying more. Figure out the types of questions likely to be asked on exams and study in a way that will prepare you for those questions. Do not skip class and take diligent notes in class. Do not be afraid to ask questions to your fellow students or professor! They can be an integral part of your success!

Katharine Shebesta
Katharine Shebesta
Biology, Pre-Physical Therapy Track

Brief Biography: I love science almost as much as I love my three 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 bury my face in a book or hide it behind the lens of my camera.

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.

Reid Johnson
Biology - Biomedical Science, Pre-Med

Brief Biography: I enjoy anything sports and outdoors, as well as science. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and am on the UW-La Crosse varsity wrestling team. In the future I hope to earn my M.D. and work as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. I traveled to Estonia this past summer to spend a month immersed in their medical system as a medical fellow.

Study Tips: Find one or two people that are in the same class as you and quiz each other on the material. They might have written something down that you missed and vice-versa. Also, if you are able to teach/explain concepts to someone you are studying with, it will help make it stick in your memory.

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.

Meara Malloy
Meara Malloy
Exercise and Sport Science, pre-PA

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!

Tim Davie
Tim Davie
Biochemistry

Brief Biography: I have a great interest in learning new things- especially when it comes to chemistry and biology.  I hope to go to medical school so I can put my passions of learning and helping others to good use.  I have a number of different hobbies ranging from playing guitar, discovering new music, collecting records, biking/being outdoors, watching good movies, and reading intriguing novels.  I also like food.

Study Tips:  Start studying for exams early and don’t give up!  If something doesn’t make sense it is easy to get down on yourself, however, you have to realize that anyone can understand chemistry!  Sometimes you just have to frame things in a different way or try a different technique to come to an understanding.

Harry Soeder
Harry Soeder
Biochemistry

Brief Biography: I hope to get into pharmacy school one day. I try to have a lot of different hobbies such as playing Super Smash Bros Melee and running. I ran on the cross country team here in La Crosse my freshman year and I continue to run with the cross country and track teams. I also love to sing and do chemistry practice problems.

Study tips: For chemistry I find it very important to do the extra book problems that you get assigned by your teacher instead of just blowing them off. They are great for repetition and figuring out what you need to learn. For every class I find it important to make flashcards and quiz yourself in order to learn.