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Jene Shepard

Jene Shepard
Major: 
Government
Minor: 
English
Graduation: 
Fall 2013

Jene has worked as a Peer Academic Coach at the Sanger Learning Center since fall 2011. In that time, she has helped countless students gain important study skills necessary to succeed in their classes.

“My most rewarding experiences as a peer academic coach are when I hear how students’ grades have improved because of the work that we have done together.”

What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
Helping students reach their full academic potential has been really rewarding. My most rewarding experiences as a peer academic coach are when I hear how students’ grades have improved because of the work that we have done together. Even if it is a small change, like instead of making a B minuses they are now making B’s, it makes me feel like our time together was truly worthwhile.

What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
The most unexpected part of my job has been how much I have learned from my students, whether it’s about a topic that they are learning in a class I do not know much about, or a study technique that they have learned that I’ve never heard of or tried before. One student of mine introduced me to Quizlet, a tool she used to study for her psychology class. Quizlet is an online space in which you can create your own flashcards and share them with the online community. This was a huge step away from my traditional paper note card and pen technique!

What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT
Seek out and use UT’s available academic resources, such as tutoring and the Undergraduate Writing Center, before you start to struggle in your classes.