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Peer Academic Coaching for Health & Human Physiological Sciences

Support for HP 111, 126, 127

Peer Academic Coaches are available to help you develop your content knowledge and study skills.  There is no need to sign up.  Simply click on the link below to join our session during the scheduled times.  We look forward to seeing you! 


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September 2020 PAC Calendar



Noa Mills '21 - HP PAC Captain

Major:Health and Human Physiological Sciences 

Noa Mills


 About me: I am interested in going into the field of Occupational Therapy or Clinical Research. I currently do research with Professor Reynolds, am the TA for Testing and Prescription, and serve as the Student Representative for the Human Physiology Department. I am also involved in Hillel. 

Favorite Class:  My favorite class at Skidmore was Anatomy and Kinesiology because it was a hands-on class that let me collaborate with other students and the Professor. 

 Academic Advice: The best advice I can give students is to plan ahead and make study guides well before the exams. 

Eliza Abrams '22Eliza Abrams

Major: Health and Human Physiological Sciences

Minor: Dance

About me: Life at Skidmore keeps me pretty busy, but in my free time I can be found spending time outdoors, and listening to music/dancing with friends. I love cooking, exercising, drinking coffee, and playing cards. I am also a certified EMT on the pre-nursing track.

Why PAC:During my first year, I gained a lot from my time at the HHPS and Chem PAC sessions. Several friends and classmates eventually started coming to me for help with their study skills, and I really enjoyed the process of collaborative learning. PAC offered a way for me to give back to the Skidmore learning community after all of the help that I benefited from during my early classes at Skidmore.

Favorite class and why: My favorite class at Skidmore was Dance and Society 1. I was initially nervous about taking the course, but Professor Olberg’s passion, and wealth of knowledge about the history of dance made the hard work of the course rewarding and worthwhile.

Academic advice: 1. Prioritize SLEEP over counterproductive, last-minute studying! 2. Once you have done your own studying, try explaining the material to someone else in a group study setting (teaching is one of the best ways to judge your own learning!). 3. Play around with different study strategies (handmade flashcards, Quizlet, drawing/mind mapping, study guides, etc.) until you find what works best for YOU.

Carolyn Blackman '22Carolyn Blackman

Major: Health and Human Physiological Sciences

About me: I am part of the class of 2022 and a member of the Skidmore Field Hockey team. I love to spend time outdoors, making art, and baking. In addition to being on the pre-med track at Skidmore I am minoring in Spanish so that I may go abroad in a Spanish-speaking country either during or after college.

Why PAC: After college I either want to be a doctor or a teacher, and through PAC I have the chance to both engage myself in topics that I love and to share them with others. I am also a big people person and have found that PAC is a social learning environment which makes studying more fun!

Favorite class and why: My favorite class so far was Human Anatomy and Physiology 1. Twice a week I found myself excited to go to class and learn as much as I could. At times it was overwhelming simply due to the amount of content that we were learning but once I took the time to study, I was excited and fascinated by how all of the different parts of the body we learned about are constantly interacting. I also loved learning all of the bones and muscles in lab.

Academic advice: The best piece of advice I can give is to not procrastinate. Everyone has busy lives, but by organizing your time and planning ahead will allow you to truly enjoy your free time and get some sleep.

Ben CanterBen Canter '21

Major: Psychology and Human Physiological Sciences

About me: I am on the pre-occupational therapy track. Outside of classes, I am a tour guide and watch a lot of Netflix.

Academic advice: Feel free to stop by PAC if you have any questions about anything, or just to chat about Human Physiology. Skidmore is full of awesome resources if you chose to utilize them.

Mariah ElderMariah Elder '21

Major: Health and Human Physiological Sciences

About me: I am currently a Junior who is interested in pursuing a career in Public Health and Occupational Therapy. I enjoy working out and hanging with friends!

Why PAC: I wanted to join PAC because I always felt it was very helpful for classes and understanding concepts. I wanted to help others by joining the PAC community.

Favorite class and why: My favorite class so far has been Human Anatomy and Physiology. The teacher was very passionate, and the labs allowed us to be hands-on with what we were studying. I found the content very interesting.

Academic advice: Don’t wait until the last minute to study for a test or complete an assignment! In order to help stress levels as well as help you understand concepts better, start an assignment at least two or three days before.

Caroline Merguerian ' 21Caroline Merguerian

Major: Health and Human Physiological Sciences

About meI am currently a Junior on the Skidmore Women’s Basketball team. I also enjoy weightlifting and CrossFit. I am on the Physical Therapy track at Skidmore and look to pursue PT after undergrad. If you can’t find me, odds are I’m either in the classroom, on the court, or pumping iron in the weight room!

Why PAC: One of the main reasons I applied to Skidmore was for its abundant student resources. You are never a number and help is always a step away. PAC allows students to seek academic assistance and continue learning outside of the classroom. I love teaching and being a part of helping students reach their academic goals.

Favorite class and whyMy favorite class was Principles of Chemical Systems (CH251) taught by Juan Navea, with a lab instructed by Cynthia Sood. I took this class to satisfy a graduate school requirement. Chemistry always frustrated me and was difficult to understand. However, Professor Navea and Professor Sood instructed in a way that was easy to understand. They both made Chemistry a fun and enjoyable experience. Labs were especially fun, since we got to create our own experiments and present our findings at the end of the semester.

Academic adviceOrganize your time (ahead of time)! The best piece of advice given to me was to organize my assignments from each class syllabi in a student planner the first week of classes. By doing this, I was able to organize my time and complete assignments in a timely fashion.  

Matteo EvdokasMatteo Evdokas ' 21

Major: Health and Human Physiological Sciences

About me: I am a fitness fanatic and an aspiring physical therapist. I love talking with people, being active, and playing games (video or non-video).

Why PAC: I wanted to become a PAC because I enjoy discussing subjects that interest me and helping others.

Favorite class and why: Such a difficult question, but I’ll say Organismal Biology with Corey Freeman-Gallant. He turned a difficult and stereotypically boring topic into something so exciting I share it with everyone. It was pretty hard, but very rewarding.

Academic advice: Try and incorporate what you are learning into your everyday life. Learning is all about making connections and becoming/staying familiar with your content. This could take various forms such as: including new words into your vocabulary, sharing what you learn with your friends, observing things through new perspectives, applying your new knowledge wherever you can, etc.

Kendall Zaleski '22Kendall

Major: Health and Human Physiological Sciences & Biochemistry

About me: I am a sophomore from the Boston area and am on the pre-med track. I currently do research for both Professor Ives and Professor Frederick, I am a lab assistant for General Chemistry, and an EMT for SCEMS. In my spare time, I love to bake, color, knit, and watch Disney movies with my friends!

Why PAC: I wanted to become a PAC tutor because I really enjoy helping others and discussing topics that interest me. Throughout my courses at Skidmore, I have developed studying habits and organizational skills that have benefited me and my classmates and I am hoping will help others as well.

Favorite class and why: My favorite class at Skidmore so far has been Organic Chemistry with Professor Giguere. It required a lot of brainpower, time, and collaboration with my peers, but putting in the work and understanding difficult concepts was incredibly rewarding and a bonding experience with my friends!

Academic advice: Manage your time and classwork as best you can – don’t wait until the last minute to do your assignments or study for exams. More importantly, get sleep and de-stress when you need it!