Loyola University Chicago

Tutoring Center

Student Academic Services

Biology

Here are our top resources and recommendations for furthering your success in your Biology courses!

1. Professor

We highly encourage you to connect with your professor and attend office hours first! Professor office hours are often posted on the front of the syllabus, and they can serve as a great entry point to discussing how you are doing in the class and how to make productive changes in the way you study moving forward.

2. Supplemental Instruction (SI)

SI is offered for the following courses: 

FallSpring

BIOL 101

BIOL 251

BIOL 282

BIOL 101

BIOL 102

BIOL 251

BIOL 282

Check out our SI Session schedule on our Tutoring Center homepage (www.luc.edu/tutoring) for SI session times (released during the first week of class). If your section does not have an SI Leader, you are welcome to attend any SI session for the course. No appointment is needed! SI sessions are regularly scheduled, out-of-class group study sessions led by an undergrad SI leader and driven by your needs. You can expect to review notes, discuss and participate in activities around materials/ lecture, review and predict test questions, and work out problems together. Please bring your notes, textbook, and any other study materials to SI sessions. 

Access the SI session schedule on our homepage (luc.edu/tutoring) for Zoom links to your SI sessions! For more information on how to use Zoom in a SI session, please see below or visit our SI program page.

3. Group Tutoring

Group Tutoring is offered for the following courses: 

FallSpring

Summer Session A

BIOL 111

BIOL 202/PSYC 202

BIOL 112

NEUR 101

BIOL 101/111

BIOL 251/265/282

Note we offer both drop-in tutoring and by appointment online tutoring during summer session A. For information on how to access summer tutoring, please visit here

If you wish to make an appointment, follow the directions below:

  • Login to TutorTrac
  • Use your LUC username/password to login
  • Click “Search Availability”
  • Select CENTER as “Tutoring Center”
  • Select SECTION as your course
  • Select REASON as “Group Tutoring”
  • Then click “SEARCH”
  • Select the date/time of the appointment and you are good to go!

Peer tutoring is held in small groups for historically difficult classes. While the principles of collaborative and peer to peer learning are implemented like Supplemental Instruction, students versus their peer tutors are asked to prepare in advance and bring their questions to sessions.

Note: As of March 16, all Peer Tutoring sessions are online. If you make an appointment on TutorTrac, your Peer Tutor will send you a Zoom link at least 1-hour prior to the appointment time. For more information on how to use Zoom in a peer tutoring session, see below or visit our peer tutoring program page.

4. Success Coaching

Want to further develop your time management, test taking strategies, and overall study skills? Meet one-on-one with a Success Coach, who are training graduate students that can help take your academic success to the next level! You can talk about experiences inside and out of the classroom, identify areas of strength and growth, and create a customized, realistic plan for success. Make an appointment here. Appointments are available during summer session A! 

Note: As of March 16, all Success Coaching appointments are online. After making an appointment on TutorTrac, your Success Coach will send you a Zoom link prior to the appointment time. For more information on how to use Zoom in a Success Coaching appointment, please see below or visit our Success Coaching program page.

 

Accessing Zoom

If students have never used Zoom before, they are encouraged to login to https://luc.zoom.us/ using their LUC UVID and password prior to the session. Then, download the Zoom program (on laptops) or app (on smartphones/tablets).

If the student does not have access to a webcam, microphone, or the internet, the student is encouraged to reach out to the SI Leader, Peer Tutor, Success Coach, and/or Tutoring Center staff (tutoringcenter@luc.edu) for alternative options.

If Zoom is not working, students are encouraged to review the Zoom participant’s guide, call ITS at 773-508-4487, or email ITS at helpdesk@luc.edu

If the link is not working or the SI Leader/ Peer Tutor/ Success Coach is not present at the designated time, please email the student leader or tutoringcenter@luc.edu.