Ella R.

  • Peer Tutor

Education & Training

  • biology major, chemistry and social work minors, Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine
  • High achievement in CHEM 0310 (with Dr. Nelson)
  • High achievement in CHEM 0320 (with Dr. Daniel Bolt)
  • High achievement in BIOSC 0160 (with Dr. O'Reily)
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. O'Reily's BIOSC 0150
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. O'Reily's BIOSC 0160

Research Interests

Courses supported: CHEM 0310, CHEM 0320, BIOSC 0160
Post-graduation goal: I am hoping to go to graduate school to earn my PhD in the biological sciences field.


Area of Study

Biological Sciences

Tutoring Course numbers

CHEM 0310
CHEM 0320
BIOSC 0160

Post- Graduation Plan

Graduate School

Why did you become a tutor?

I became a tutor to help and mentor other students at Pitt and help guide them toward academic success.

What is your favorite thing about the subject in which you tutor? 
My favorite thing about organic chemistry is that everything is like a puzzle, making problem solving fun and exciting. For biology, I love the broad range of material covered and how applicable the information is to everyday life.

What is the best study tip you have for a student taking one of the courses you tutor? 
Be flexible about your study habits! In my experience, I have found that one method of studying does not work for every chapter or help solve every problem. Keep a positive attitude and if one method does not work, try another one.

Why did you seek out tutoring?
I sought tutoring to meet 1:1 with another student who had succeeded in the course and learn from their experiences.

What is the most valuable experience you have had when you were being tutored?
Listening to study methods and being provided with resources in order to succeed

Why should students come to Study Lab?
I think students should come to the Study Lab in order to gather encouragement and support from other students who have succeeded in the courses they are taking. I think it is important for students to know that they are not alone, and people are available to help them succeed.