Zoë S.

  • Peer Tutor

Education & Training

  • natural sciences major, pre-veterinary track; studio arts minor
  • High achievement in CHEM 0310 (with Dr. Floreancig)
  • High achievement in CHEM 0320 (with Dr. Floreancig)
  • High achievement in PHYS 0110 (with Dr. Good)
  • High achievement in PHYS 0110 (with Dr. Good)
  • High achievement in PHYS 0111 (with Dr. Liu)
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for CHEM 0310 (with Dr. Floreancig)

Research Interests

Courses supported: CHEM 0310, CHEM 0320, PHYS 0110, PHYS 0111
Post-graduation goal: After graduation, I plan to attend veterinary school. I have recently submitted applications to several veterinary schools across the US. My goal is to practice in conservation medicine.

Area of Study


Tutoring Course numbers

CHEM 0310
CHEM 0320
PHYS 0110
PHYS 0111

Post- Graduation Plan

Veterinary Medicine

Why did you become a tutor?
I became a peer tutor because I enjoyed helping Organic Chemistry students as a UTA. While taking challenging science courses, I always love having "aha moments" when I finally understand something. As a tutor, I'm looking forward to providing other students with that same feeling of understanding and excitement for learning.

What is your favorite thing about the subject in which you tutor?
My favorite thing about Organic Chemistry is drawing mechanisms! As a visual learner, writing out mechanisms for reactions helped me gain a deeper understanding of each reaction and the relevant concepts. I love explaining complex mechanisms to students to help them see the reaction as part of a bigger picture within Organic Chemistry. My favorite part of Physics is interpreting circuit diagrams. They are challenging to unpack, but satisfying to solve.

What is the best study tip you have for a student taking one of the courses you tutor?
For Organic Chemistry, my best tip is to write out a study guide including every reaction and its corresponding mechanism within the unit you are studying. Make sure you understand the reasoning behind each step in the mechanism, then copy your study guide until you have each reaction memorized. For physics, my best study tip is simply to do as many practice problems as you can! If you don't get a problem right on your first try, work through the solution and then repeat it later. Focus on problems that are similar to those you have done in lecture with your professor.

Why should students come to Study Lab?
I think experimenting with study techniques in the Study Lab is important for all students because every class at Pitt is different, and your study habits have to constantly adapt with each course if you want to achieve as highly as possible.