Dean S.

  • Peer Tutor

Education & Training

  • biological sciences major, chemistry minor
  • High achievement in CHEM 0310 (with Dr. Koide)
  • High achievement in CHEM 0320 (with Dr. Wang)

Research Interests

Courses supported: CHEM 0310, CHEM 0320
Post-graduation goal:  Medical school (after two years with "Teach for America")

Area of Study


Tutoring Course numbers

CHEM 0310
CHEM 0320

Post- Graduation Plan

Medical School

Why did you become a tutor?
After UTAing for the first time during my sophomore year, I realized I wanted to do more of the same by expanding my reach. So when the opportunity to become a peer tutor opened up, I didn't hesitate. I'm so happy to be one!  

What is your favorite thing about the subject in which you tutor? 
OCHEM is a scattered puzzle the eventually falls into place the more you practice. Even when each problem looks different, most of them have similar patterns. The patterns are the most fun part about OCHEM.

What is the best study tip you have for a student taking one of the courses you tutor? 
My best study tip is to study ahead. This tip applies to almost every class, but especially for OCHEM. The second you fall behind, the class will become overbearing. Challenge yourself to stay ahead. It will be worth it in the end. 

Why did you seek out tutoring?
Talking to someone who has a better understanding of a subject than I do helps me to master the material. So in the past, after studying on my own, I met with a peer tutor to review what I'd learned. 

What is the most valuable experience you have had when you were being tutored?
The peer tutor I worked with was enthusiastic about the subject she taught. While working with her, she made learning the subject fun for me. It made the experience rewarding.

Why should students come to Study Lab?
You'll have an opportunity to spend time with students who love to learn. Being in this type of environment can be infectious (in a good way, of course!) and worthwhile.