We've moved! Psych tutors are now located in Murphy 273! Go left off the bridge instead of right!

Psychology tutor coordinator

Alexander O'Brien Profile of Alexander O'Brien Office hours
Assistant Professor
341M Graff Main Hall
aobrien@uwlax.edu
608.785.6886
Specialty areas:

Visual and auditory perception, Research methods, Memory

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!

 
Sydney McKenzie

Sydney McKenzie

Major: Psychology Minor: CLS program, Junior

About Me: I am currently a junior at UWL. Following my undergrad, I plan to attend an Occupational Therapy program to obtain my masters degree. In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends and family. I love to hike, run, cook, dance, and cuddle with my dogs.

Study Tips: When you go to class, do your best to be dedicated to that subject. Try not to look at your phone or study for other tests or quizzes. You'd be surprised how useful being present can be. Also, don't stare at your notes when you "study". Try rewriting them, having a friend quiz you, or make flashcards (depending on the material).

 

Danielle Vetsch

Danielle Vetsch

Major: Psychology Minor: Inclusive Recreation, Gerontology Emphasis, Pre–OT, Senior

About Me: I plan to pursue a masters or doctorate level degree in Occupational Therapy after I graduate. I am very involved on campus and am always open to sharing my experiences and helping others in any way that I can. I enjoy working out, hiking, reading, volunteering, and working at an area group home when I am not doing anything school related.

Study Tip: Write all of the dates for the tests and quizzes you have in each of your classes on a calendar or planner that you look at frequently. This helps you to know what you have coming up and need to study. It also provides you with a sense of accomplishment when you complete a task and can cross it off.

Megan Mathison

Megan Mathison

Major: Psychology Minor: Economics, Junior

About Me: I am a junior and plan to graduate in May of 2019. After graduation, I would like to obtain my real estate license and eventually become a real estate broker. In my free time, I like to hangout with my friends and family, cook, volunteer, and spend time outside.

Study Tip: Find a study space that works for you. Instead of switching up your environment frequently, focus on a space where you notice you are most productive so that your mind knows that it is time to work.

Chelsey Sloan

Chelsey Sloan

Major: Psychology

About Me: I like to spend my free time being active outside with good company, whether it be hiking, canoeing, hammocking, or rollerblading.
I thoroughly enjoy making people laugh, I dig puns, and I loving listening to music (going to concerts is my jam… get it?). I’m also really into houseplants.

Study Tip: Attend class regularly, take your studies seriously, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you get stuck! Always ask questions if you’re confused about something, chances are somebody else has that same question. If you don’t feel comfortable asking it during class, talk with the professor after class, during office hours, or come see one of us!

Samantha Beckett

Samantha Beckett

Major: Psychology; Minor: At-Risk Youth and Child Care, Senior

About me: I plan on graduating in December, and then go on to graduate school for School Psychology. In my free time, I love to spend time with family and friends, traveling, painting and scrapbooking, and of course, watching Netflix.

Study tips: Avoid cramming right before exams - make flashcards as you learn the material and review them as often as you can. Also don't hesitate to go into office hours and ask as many questions as you need to in order to understand the material. Join study groups or find at least one study partner.

Hannah Bontrager

Hannah Bontrager

Major: Psychology and Pre-med track Minor: Chemistry

About Me: After college, I want to attend medical school to become a pediatric physician of some kind.  It sounds corny, but I love learning. Whenever I learn something that can apply to my life, it brings a smile to my face. I like seeing the classroom connect to the real world. When I am not learning I like to have deep chats with my friends or play lacrosse.

 

Study Tip: Allow yourself time to take a break. It can be so easy for you as a student to get caught up in all the things that need to get done, but without little breaks you can’t perform your best. For me I like to go get a cup of coffee and just relax when I am overwhelmed.

Kassidy Veness

Kassidy Veness

Major: Psychology Minor: Business Administration

About Me: My goal is to become a counseling psychologist! I love reading, coffee, hammocks, traveling, and being outdoors!

Study Tip: Make sure you ask for clarification about things that don't make sense to you! Notes will only help you so much if you don't understand what you wrote down.

Karina Weltcheff

Karina Weltcheff

Major: Psychology Minor: At-Risk Child Youth Care, Sophomore

About Me: I am a sophomore and I am looking to either pursue a career in school psychology or counseling in the future. I love to travel, hang out with my friends, ski as much as I can in the winter, and watch Netflix in my free time.

Study Tips: The best way for me to learn and remember information for a test is to explain concepts in my own words to other people, so my study tip is to try and study with a friend or classmate as much as possible.

 

Mindy Schoengarth

Mindy Schoengarth

Major: Undecided currently, but thinking about majoring in either biology or psychology

About Me: Some of my favorite things to do are play sports, paint/craft, sing, hang out with my family and friends, and do things in the outdoors such as boating and camping. After graduation, I plan to go to graduate school to become a genetic counselor.

Study Tips: Try to study in groups and do the homework/practice exams, even if they're not graded. If you've been studying all day, give yourself a break! Go do something fun or get some sleep because there's no point in wasting time if you're so exhausted that you're not taking in the information anyways.