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MSI chem 1c: shirley shan

Dear Future Chem 1C Tutor,

Hi, My name is Shirley and I am the Chem 1C tutor for Spring 2013. I was previously a Math 2 TA for 2 quarters, and this is my first time being a learning assistant for a science course. To me, this is a harder subject to teach compared to Math 2. Since I haven't taken Chem 1c for 1 and a half years, being a Chem 1C Learning assistant was tough. There were countless times where I have made mistakes, and multiple times where I could not answer a question. This is when I feel like quitting and begin to beat myself up. But it's okay. When situations like this arise, take a few breaths and try to see if other students have an answer. The questions that can be asked are endless, and it's okay to not know some. Take about 2 hours every week to prepare for the MSI sections, grasp the material, try to retrieve the memory of chem 1c from when you took the class. If you recently took Chem 1C, then teaching this course won't be as tough since everything will still be fresh. Most of the students come to MSI section to get homework done. I usually spend first 20 to 30 minutes going over concepts and give some example problems before I actually start on the homework. It gives them a chance to refresh their memory of what went on in class, and then I spend the rest of the time going over homework problems they are stuck on. Some homework problems are tough, so I usually do all the problems at home just to make sure I'm doing the right calculations and I won't teach them the wrong material. It's all about preparation. If things go wrong during a section, just take a breath and don’t beat yourself up for it. Refer them to their TA's or professors office hours if you get stuck. Prepare each week. It takes a lot of time, but it's worth it. Your experience may be different from mine. This is a great job, take in the experience and enjoy it! You'll do great. I wish you the best of luck!


Shirley Shan

Chem 1C MSI

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