Joyce Z.

  • Peer Tutor

Education & Training

  • biological science major; Chinese and chemistry minor; Certificate in Asian Studies
  • High achievement in CHEM 0110 (Taught by Dr. Fortney)
  • High achievement in CHEM 0120 (Taught by Dr. Fortney)
  • High achievement in BIOSC 0150 (with Dr. Ashmore)
  • High achievement in PHYS 0110 (with Dr. Broccio)
  • High achievement in STAT 1000 (with Dr. Quesen)

Research Interests

Courses supported: CHEM 0110, CHEM 0120, BIOSC 0150, PHYS 0110, STAT 1000
Post-graduation goal:  I am taking a gap year after graduating a term early before attending medical school. During what would be my final spring semester, I will be studying and taking the MCATs and then working on primary applications for medical schools. I will also hopefully be working full-time in the health care field to gain experience and earn some money for school.

Area of Study

Biological Sciences

Tutoring Course numbers

CHEM 0110
CHEM 0120
BIOSC 0150
PHYS 0110
STAT 1000

Post- Graduation Plan

Medical School

Why did you become a tutor?
I became a tutor to help other students reach a higher level of understanding in their courses. It is a rewarding experience to know that I was able to help improve peers' grades with knowledge that I am passing on to them that helped me in my classes. Tutoring also provides me with an opportunity to retain information that I will need in the future on major assessments like the MCAT or even in higher-level courses that build on material I learned in my foundations classes. Being able to tutor through the University in the Study Lab has also been a whole other learning experience since everybody learns differently. Each student I teach also teaches me how to adapt to their needs to ensure effective learning for each individual.

What is your favorite thing about the subject in which you tutor?
I've been tutoring introduction biology and chemistry courses for a few years now, and the best thing to see is that moment of realization on students' faces when they finally understand a concept they have been struggling with for a while.

What is the best study tip you have for a student taking one of the courses you tutor?
For students taking biology, spend some time to review material taught in lectures after the class to keep up with material. Stuff builds up really fast and will be overwhelming if you try to cram the material the night before an exam. Self-review shows you what you understand and don't understand. Write down what questions you still have and ask a TA, the professor or a tutor. There are plenty of resources around to help you.

Why did you seek out tutoring?
I sought out tutoring when I was a first-year student for ideas on how to study for an upcoming exam. There was a lot of stuff and I had no idea where to even start with all the material. I slacked on reviewing earlier and this left me with little time to see what I did and didn't understand.

What is the most valuable experience you have had when you were being tutored?
I think what I took away from that tutoring experience was the study tips for future exams. I really applied myself after and worked hard to keep up with material and did not have as much struggles with future exams because of my tutor's advice on how to handle these introductory courses.

Why should students come to Study Lab?
Whether it's to clarify something you did not understand in class or you just need advice from a peer who already went through your course, Study Lab can help you. Study Lab is meant to be a place to encourage learning, and develop one's study skills. It's alright to not know how to study immediately coming into college. Study Lab has peers available to help assist in developing those necessary skills to succeed.