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Peer Academic Coaching for Biology

Support for BI 107 and 108

Room: CIS 235

Peer Academic Coaches are available to help you develop your content knowledge and study skills in biology.  There is no need to sign up.  Simply stop by!

Sun 7-9PM Mon 7-9PM Tues 7-9PM Wed 7-9PM Thurs 7-9PM


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meet the pac team for biology

Saana Teittinen-Gordon '22 - BI PAC Captain


Adriana Cuibus '24

Ariella Kornfeld '23 (Abroad)

Major: BiologyAriella

About Me: I enjoy spending time with friends, reading, and getting outside! You can often find me running in Northwoods, rock climbing, or practicing yoga. I also love hiking and I am currently working towards completing the 46 Adirondack High Peaks.

Why PAC:I understand the stress and frustration that comes with confusing or overwhelming assignments, and I want to help other students by sharing my own strategies for handling those obstacles. I am also passionate about biology and I would love the opportunity to share that passion by helping others succeed. Finally, I believe that the best way to truly learn and understand a topic is to teach it to someone else.

Favorite class and why: My favorite class at Skidmore has been Bio 107 because I appreciated the detail used to explore each topic and the focus on understanding the “how’s and why’s” of molecular and cellular biology. I also appreciated how this course utilized an interdisciplinary curriculum by integrated principles of chemistry and physics.

Academic Advice: Start early and plan ahead! Completing assignments when you are stressed by a deadline leads to frustration and mistakes, and the assignment becomes less about learning the content and more about checking off requirements. Additionally, when you are feeling confused or overwhelmed by an assignment it helps to break things down. Rather than letting stress and frustration distract you, focus on breaking apart the content to identify exactly what you find confusing. Typically, you will realize that you understand a lot more than you initially thought and the project will begin to feel manageable.

Mary Kate Palleschi '22Mary Kate Palleschi

Major: Biochemistry

About meI came to Skidmore as a 518 native because it provided the holistic college experience I was looking for. I am able to get an amazing educational experience as well as play basketball. Outside of school and athletics I enjoy reading, being around my friends, and traveling whenever possible.

Why PACI love working with my peers and others interested in the same topics as I am. I find that the best way to learn is through direct discussion with others, whether that be a professor, tutor, or fellow student. By becoming a PAC I am able to combine my love of science and working with others to create the perfect job for me. 

Favorite class and whyAs an incoming sophomore I have not been able to experiment with different courses. For now, my top class has to be a tie between Organismal Biology with Professor Freeman-Gallant and Sociological Perspectives with Professor Scarce. Both of these professors created a learning atmosphere I really enjoyed and responded to.

 Academic adviceBe organized and do not be afraid to reach out for help! Skidmore has many resources available to help students reach their potential.

Alexa Sklar '22Alexa Sklar

Major: Biology

About me: I’ve always been interested in science and medicine, and I’m currently working on research in neuroscience and the circadian rhythm.  I also love art, music and being outside.

Why PAC: PAC has always been such a helpful resource for me.  I learned so much from my PACs and I love the collaborative environment of PAC.  I feel like I could learn a lot from the people who attend PAC, and I’d love to pass on what I’ve learned.

Favorite class and why: My favorite class was my scribner seminar Bodies and Identities.  I learned so much about widely discussed issues regarding gender, race and sexuality.  It was really eye-opening to discuss these topics with my peers and hear about their experiences.

Academic advice: If there’s something you don’t understand, don’t hesitate to reach out to your professors and peers about it!  I’d also recommend trying to keep up with studying throughout the entire semester rather than cramming in the few days before the exam.  

Ariana Tucker '24

Major: NeuroscienceAriana pic

About me: I love reading, hiking, and hanging out with friends! I am passionate about neuroscience and fascinated by how the nervous system controls essential physiological functions, as well as emotions and higher-level thinking.

Why PAC: The PACs helped me tremendously through both introductory Biology classes, and Intro to Neuroscience. In particular it was helpful to have someone with a different perspective talk through concepts with me. I hope I can help other students as the PACs previously helped me!

Favorite class and why: My favorite class has been Intro to Neuroscience. It gave me great foundational information about how the brain communicates, and processes sensory information.

Academic advice: Figure out what study and learning strategies most effectively help you understand the material. Also, keep track of what things are the most confusing and then ask lots of questions!