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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Meet the Team

Contact the SL Coordinator

Elizabeth Templeman
E-mail: etempleman@tru.ca
Phone: 250-828-5277 (please leave a message and Elizabeth will get back to you)
Office: OM 2699

Meet the SL Leaders

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    • Anna Vieira

      Anna Vieira
      Accounting

      Learn more about Anna

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I want to connect with fellow students and keep my knowledge of Financial Accounting sharp.

      My best or most memorable SL moment:

      Was when both me and the SL leader showed up on zoom in our pajamas. We both laughed, commiserated about midterm prep and online school for a bit and then got down to studying the material.

      I never go to class without:

      A full water bottle. Even in remote classes, I never sat down to a class without a big glass of water.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      That everyone else was as nervous as me. Or, they were at least a little nervous!

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      I saw the syllabus and the amount of homework questions we’d been assigned. I knew I needed help becoming comfortable with the topics so I could complete my assignments on time.

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      A bad grade doesn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. Once I realized that I was able to procrastinate less because the worst (a bad grade) had already happened. When you combine trying hard and a good grade, that’s the most satisfying feeling.

    • Esperanza_Cantu

      Esperanza Cantu
      Accounting

      Learn more about Esperanza

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      Attending SL sessions showed me the positive impact that studying collaboratively can have. I became an SL leader to help create this environment that promotes collaboration and helps other students succeed.

      My best or most memorable SL moment:

      When I was preparing for finals, I attended a session where we discussed a concept that I had been struggling to understand, and realized it was actually easy.

      I never go to class without:

      Previously reading about the content that will be viewed in class. Going to class with an understanding of what the professor will lecture on and with specific questions of that content makes the learning more efficient.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      The key to success is consistency.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      The most important skills to have in university are time management and organization. These help us to balance life and avoid stressful situations.

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      I mostly struggled with learning the terminology in Accounting. I realized that making flashcards and practising with them can be really helpful.

    • Nikki _Khanna

      Nikki Chhabra
      Accounting

      Learn more about Nikki

      My best or most memorable SL moment:

      Sessions with flashcards and the final exam review that made me confident about my preparation for test day.

      I never go to class without:

      A notebook and a pen – I prefer to take notes like an old-school kid.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      Just go with the flow and everything you ever dream shall come your way. Hope with faith is a big thing!

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      I attended it once and then I became a regular. It just motivated me to study in-depth and to excel in the course.

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      For Accounting, totally when my balance sheet matches.

    • Olivia _Simms

      Olivia Simms
      Economics

      Learn more about Olivia

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      In my first year, I really benefitted from attending SL. It's a great place to meet friends, make mistakes in a relaxed environment, and grow as a learner! We have a lot of fun in SL sessions and it's comforting to see that others are in the same boat. I also love helping participants bring classroom economics principles back to their own lives and interests.

      I never go to class without:

      A good pen and a strong cup of coffee.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      Take your life seriously, but don't take yourself too seriously.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      Take advantage of as many campus supports and events as you can. There's a lot of help available on your academic journey if you take the first step and reach out!

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      Sometimes a new subject requires that I completely revamp the way I study. It takes time to figure out what kind of preparation is best for how each course is evaluated. Adaptability and patience are key!

    • Presley_Kitamura

      Presley Kitamura
      Biology

      Learn more about Presley

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      The opportunity to get involved with a program that helped me tremendously during my first year, and now getting the chance to help other students succeed in the course!

      I never go to class without:

      My laptop, water bottle and peppermint gum.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      That the year would go by extremely fast! It was easy to get consumed by the amount of work and studying for classes, but it’s also important to remember to take a breather, do something you love, and just enjoy the moment.

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      A friend suggested we go to a session together. Afterward, I realized I didn’t understand the subject or concepts as well as I thought I did! SL helped me to figure out what I knew, what I didn’t, and how to adjust my study accordingly.

    • Manuel Centeno

      Manuel Centeno
      Biology

      Learn more about Manuel

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I enjoy meeting, talking and engaging with new people, and have always had a desire to help those around me. By becoming an SL leader, I’ll be able to help my peers succeed in areas in which I am interested and knowledgeable.

      I never sit down to study without:

      Plenty of snacks, headphones, and a bright space.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
      -Albert Einstein

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      There is no competition for the highest grade in a class. It’s important to work alongside your peers to progress and fulfill your academic goals together in a positive environment.

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      I showed up to an exam review. Thinking I was completely prepared, and realized I still had much more to learn and study. This not only gave me an idea of how to prepare, but also which areas I was weaker at and what to focus on studying.

    • Disha_Datta

      Disha Datta
      Biology

      Learn more about Disha

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      As an international student starting university in a new country, I was looking for every resource that would help me work through my courses. So, when I learned about SL, I decided to attend whenever I could. Soon these sessions became a part of my routine and gave me that extra push to succeed in my course. My leader inspired me and by the end of the semester, I had no doubt that I wanted to be a part of SL.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      “Just start and the rest will come to you by itself!” Everything seems complicated and difficult from the outside but once we start a project, it gets much easier. This also helps battle procrastination.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      I wish someone had told me that it’s not as difficult as it seems. I felt quite overwhelmed and was unsure if I would be able to do well in disciplines I hadn’t ever studied before but my friends, professors and all the resources on campus made me feel confident - quite fast. (Also, the library is extremely helpful, especially for Arts).

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      I had been trying to figure out the most useful learning techniques and slowly realized that self-testing worked best for me. Reviewing everything just before the test was nearly impossible and would leave me anxious and wondering if I remembered anything. However, once I figured out that all I had to do was solve possible questions and, in the process, understand which areas I was not sure about, I felt much more confident walking into my exams.

    • Maggie Jones 2

      Maggie Jones
      Biology

      Learn more about Maggie

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I find that learning is a two-way street, and that teaching is the best way to help myself learn! I was excited to turn that into a way to help others.

      I never sit down to study without:

      My Pilot G-Tec C4 pen.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      To try what I’m interested in, because I’ll never be too old to start over.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      How important finding profs who were passionate about what (and how) they taught would be, and how important it is to actually take notes in lecture.

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      I realized that it was more compatible with my style of learning and helped me get a firmer grasp on the content of my courses.

    • Cheltey_Berlinguette

      Cheltey Berlinguette
      Anatomy and Physiology

      Learn more about Cheltey

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I wanted to provide support to a course that I didn’t have: Anatomy & Physiology. BIOL 1592 & 1692 is a tough course covering a lot of content in a short amount of time, and I think it is amazing that we’re able to provide support for this course once again. Also, it was exciting that such an amazing instructor asked me to apply for this opportunity.

      I never go to class without:

      My laptop! I can type pretty quickly, so this is the easiest way for me to get notes down throughout class. My iPad is also handy when it comes to drawing diagrams and creating mind-maps.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      The number of services that there are to support students. It took me a while to figure this out, but I’m grateful now to know what’s available to us as students (such as SL!).

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      Spaced repetition is my best friend. It has helped me learn, understand, and review a lot of content over the span of a semester, rather than cramming and blindly memorizing. Also, you’ll know you are confident with what you know if you’re able to easily explain the content to someone who isn’t familiar with it – most of the time I teach my boyfriend!

    • Richard_Chan

      Richard Chan
      Anatomy and Physiology

      Learn more about Richard

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I think the skills that I will learn and use as a leader will also help me to overcome and understand difficult concepts in my own studies. As a new leader I’m willing to learn, adapt, and experiment with different learning techniques.

      I never go to class without:

      Water or coffee and snacks. I usually carry protein bars to keep me fueled up.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      "Don't assume" Whenever I'm unsure of something, I will ask until it's clear to me.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      I wish I found out where all the buildings were beforehand. It took me embarrassingly long to find the Science building on the day of my lab!

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      Reading textbooks doesn't really work for me. I need to watch videos or draw pictures to learn, especially in the anatomy portion of Biology. Drawing pictures and then making notes on them really helped me understand and memorize difficult systems.

    • Ella_Colistro

      Ella Colistro
      Chemistry

      Learn more about Ella

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      SL and the amazing leaders who support the program allowed me to develop so many skills and learning strategies to help me succeed. I became an SL leader to help others do the same.

      I never go to class without:

      A water bottle and my laptop.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      Learn something new everyday.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      That there is more to university than just attending lectures. There are so many opportunities to take advantage of.

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      I was studying for my very first midterm, and realized I didn’t know how to study effectively. After attending SL sessions I learned a variety of review and study methods that I was able to apply to my own learning.

    • Erin_Plowe

      Erin Plowe
      Chemistry

      Learn more about Erin

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I naturally love helping people. Making a positive impact on someone’s learning is so important and fulfilling for me. Plus, I appreciate SL’s mantra of collaborative learning. There are so many ways to learn; sharing ideas will guide us to success.

      I never go to class without:

      Being prepared by reading the preceding lecture notes and predicting which sections to pay extra attention to if the concepts seem difficult to understand.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      Life is not fair. The most successful people don’t blame others… but take self-accountability and ownership of their lives and then make small changes every day to better themselves and the people around them.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      It’s okay to be nervous. Don’t be afraid to meet new people and reach out for help when needed. There are so many opportunities offered at TRU.

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      Failure can lead to your biggest triumphs! Learn from your mistakes. Each class brings different challenges. It’s important to adapt how we learn as we progress.

    • Alivia Mercer 2

      Alivia Mercer
      Chemistry

      Learn more about Alivia

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      The mentoring I’ve received from SL leaders was really helpful to my success at school. I can relate to someone having challenges with courses and I thought being an SL leader would be a good way to help others struggling.

      I never go to class without:

      Being prepared with any assignments or readings given prior.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      Even though sometimes you feel like you’re struggling, never give up on something that’s really important to you.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      Never be afraid to ask for help. Others are there to help you succeed and there’s so much support available at TRU if you are struggling.

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      I began struggling in my courses and found it hard to work things out on my own. Once I started going to SL, I realized how effective it was in helping me understand the material and how I could apply their methods in my own studying.

    • Hasumi Watanable

      Hasumi Watanabe Goodwin
      Mathematics

      Learn more about Hasumi

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I hope to absorb better study methods for myself in the process of guiding others to find what works best for them. I also think SL is a great way to connect academically with peers and foster an environment conducive to learning, and learning enthusiastically.

      I never go to class without:

      My notebook for that class and all my trusty stationary!

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      In achieving anything, you are your own greatest obstacle to overcome.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      University is the place for new experiences! Don’t be afraid to take chances and challenge yourself.

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      I attended an SL session before a midterm and realized where my understanding was lacking. The approaches to the material and the engaging atmosphere were really helpful to my learning, and I was introduced to methods I could use on my own.

    • Paige_Hembling

      Paige Hembling
      Physics

      Learn more about Paige

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      SL sessions were so helpful to me in my first year. I loved the collaborative environment and review methods. I want to help others find the same success that my leaders helped me find, especially in a subject I know and understand well.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      Don’t let the fear of doing something stop you from trying. The anticipation is almost always worse than the task itself.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      Not everyone adapts to university in the same way. What works for others might not work for you, and you’ll probably have to try out different strategies before you find what fits.

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      My days started getting busier and I stopped finding time to review notes. SL encouraged me to prioritize review instead of procrastinating until the day before the exam.

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      Understanding the subject material is way more important than a grade on one test or assignment. If you don’t do as well as you wanted, but then figure out something you’d missed because of it, it can still be a win.

    • Andrew Faulds

      Andrew Faulds
      Philosophy

      Learn more about Andrew

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I found supplemental learning to be extremely helpful during my course, and my leader encouraged me to try it. I also enjoy the opportunity to help others with their education and also learn new things!

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      Stop comparing yourself to others, and instead compare yourself to the you from yesterday.

      My most memorable SL Moment:

      I only got the opportunity to take SL during the pandemic so it was all virtual. However, one memorable moment that stands out is when we were studying for an assignment and there were only a few of us but even virtually being in an environment where everyone’s goal was to help each other out— it was a feeling I won’t forget!

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      I started SL early on in my courses because it’s a free and easily accessible resource that helps you develop good study habits while also reinforcing the concepts and material from your course. You can never get too much help!

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      When I realized succeeding in academics is more so about the time and effort you’re willing to put in, as opposed to your natural aptitude for learning.

    • Kiara_Lenart

      Kiara Lenart
      Philosophy

      Learn more about Kiara

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      I attended my first SL session!

      I never go to class without:

      My coloured pens!

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      It’s okay to ask for help.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      You learn from your mistakes, and you need to make mistakes to grow!

    • Jadyn_Michael

      Jadyn Michael
      Psychology

      Learn more about Jadyn

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I wanted to become an SL leader after attending a semester of sessions and learning how to retain more information using strategies my leader had shown me throughout the term.

      I never go to class without:

      Coffee and snacks.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      Find friends in your classes to study with, don’t overload your schedule, and continue to make time for yourself.

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      My second semester of first year psychology when some of the content became more intensive. By attending the sessions regularly I was able to process everything and recall it more accurately.

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      Writing down everything I can remember from the most recent class and then going back to fill in anything I wasn’t sure about is a great way to build the connections between topics.

    • Liam_Moss

      Liam Moss
      Psychology

      Learn more about Liam

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      After having SL change my studies for the better, I wanted to remain a part of the program to support others. It offers an engaging and fun environment to work on common goals with other students.

      My best or most memorable SL moment:

      Any time I won a Kahoot game, or pressing the “Easy Button”.

      I never go to class without:

      Any form of caffeine!

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      Teamwork makes the dream work.

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      Understanding how to use concept maps to visualize different ideas or topics and to compartmentalize my thoughts.

    • Tionna_Lenart

      Tionna Lenart
      Psychology

      Learn more about Tionna

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I’ve always had a passion for helping those around me. Based on my experiences as a participant in SL, I knew becoming a leader would be a great way for me to help others. I’m also excited to share my passion for learning with fellow students!

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      Although it might feel quite overwhelming at the moment, it will get easier. Just stay committed and put in the effort!

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      I went to a session and by the end of the 50-minutes I had a complete understanding of a topic that had been taking me hours to comprehend on my own.

    • Juliana Hermiston

      Juliana Hermiston
      Science

      Learn more about Juliana

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I am so grateful for all of the amazing SL leaders that supported my learning in my first year of university. I thoroughly enjoyed, and benefited from, every session I attended, even if it was only for the retention of one new idea. I want to give back to other students by engaging with them and helping them learn, and by providing the same welcoming environment I experienced.

      I never go to class without:

      A water bottle and colourful pens!

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      Be kind to everyone! You never know what battle a person might be fighting.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      How fast each semester actually goes by!

      My best or more memorable SL moment:

      During one of the first exam reviews of the semester for physics, my professor had ordered pizza for all of us. Physics and pizza… what could be better!

    • Olivia McLennan

      Olivia McLennan
      Science

      Learn more about Olivia

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I became an SL Leader because I enjoy interactive learning, and I know I have the capacity to help my peers succeed.

      I never sit down to study without:

      Sticky notes, a coffee, and music.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      Don't let a bad five minutes become a bad day.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      I wish I’d realized that the other first years were just as nervous as I was; no one else knew exactly what they were doing either.

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      All of my courses became busy, and SL was a way for me to study efficiently and effectively.

    • Michelle Raglin

      Michelle Raglin
      Arts

      Learn more about Michelle

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      SL Sessions helped me so much, not just with the class I was taking, but with general studying, that I wanted to be part of sharing that experience with others.

      My best or most memorable SL moment:

      A classmate that I hadn’t felt comfortable with showed up for an SL Session. We ended up working together on the material over the course of the semester, during and outside sessions. At the end of the term, I realized we had become friends and that learning with others made studying fun and memorable.

      I never go to class without:

      Water!

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      Anything is possible. You just have to want it enough.

      I didn’t think I needed SL until:

      I tried it and enjoyed the experience so much. Studying can get tedious. Having a place where developing skills to be successful is enjoyable is invaluable.

    • Loghan Eskritt

      Loghan Eskritt
      Arts

      Learn more about Loghan

      What drew me to become an SL leader?

      I appreciate that SL commits to being a flexible and supportive study environment. The idea of meeting and studying with peers in a fun yet focused way made me really interested in being part of SL.

      I never sit down to study without:

      Some kind of timer! I lose focus after about half an hour. If I don’t have a timer to remind me to take short breaks I keep studying, but with a lot less focus.

      Best advice I’ve ever received:

      Make time in your day to do something unrelated to school or work.

      What I wish I’d known on the first day of university:

      How useful and important office hours are! During my first year I didn’t take advantage of these opportunities to meet with faculty one on one. Now, if I’m struggling to understand a concept or unsure that I am doing an assignment correctly, I prepare a few questions and go meet with my professor. I also wish I knew about ESTR’s Market on my first day! The food is amazing and the people are great.

      My academic “a-ha moment”:

      Drawing my own diagrams or visual representations for key information changed studying for me. It is much easier for me to recall images rather than text. Once I figured this out, I became a lot less anxious about studying because I had a strategy I knew worked for me.

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