Insia became a peer academic coach at the Sanger Learning Center in fall 2011 to help students learn valuable study skills.
“It feels great when the student leaves the program having learned study skills that will help them in their entire career as a student.”
What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
I think the most rewarding part has been meeting with students and being able to help them with their academic goals. It feels great when the student leaves the program having learned study skills that will help them in their entire career as a student.
What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
I’m surprised how much this job has helped me become a better student. Some study skills [we cover in PAC] were things that I had not even thought of doing before working at the Sanger Center. Now when I study for my upper division biology classes, it’s really helpful to use the self quizzing tools we talk to students about, such as making up questions for myself or explaining things out loud. My biology classes seem to emphasize memorization, but being able to understand and explain concepts in your own words without looking at your notes is very valuable on the short answer and even multiple choice sections of tests.
What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
Prioritizing and using active study techniques like summarizing and self-quizzing are very important. Also, don’t underestimate the value of going to class and reviewing the material daily!