​Study Group Leader (SGL) Program - BIO 1 - STEM

The Study Group Leader (SGL) Program aims to provide RCC students free access to additional academic support for STEM courses. The current program allows students to attend study group sessions hosted daily by STEM Study Group Leaders (SGLs).
Benefits of participating in the study group sessions:
  • Free academic assistance available every weekday
  • Participation credit
  • Increased likelihood of passing your STEM course

Our BIO 1 Spring 2020 Study Group Leaders are:
Aidan VanGossen Picture Aidan
My name is Aidan VanGossen, I am in my second year at RCC as a biochemistry major. I hope to attend medical school and go on to work with the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders someday. I hope to help other students meet their goals, to help them see that they are more than their hardships, and to help empower them through academic success.

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Hey, I’m Carlos Orduna. I’m in my second year at RCC with nursing as my major. I hope to get into a nursing program one day, but in the meantime you can find me running around campus trying to get to class. Biology really peaked my interest as health science major, but it was a difficult class to get through. I took advantage of all the resources on campus to help me pass my class. Now I have the chance to pass on my knowledge and strategies to other students. With that said, your definitely in the right place if you want to pass Bio 1.

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Hi y’all! My name is Hailey Jane and I’m so excited to guide you through Biology! I just recently succeeded in my Bio 1 class and attended SGL sessions every week they were offered, so I know what it’s like to be in your shoes. This is where I got some great studying tips as well as advice on how to approach the class. Whether or not you intend on studying/applying sciences like biology in the future, this class can be very interesting and applicable. Even if all you get are some new study skills and habits. No matter what your end goal is, if you put in the time and effort you will do well. These SGL sessions are a resource available for everyone, and I highly recommend you dedicate some of your time to review because it is so helpful in the long run.

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Hey! My name is Jessica and I am currently in my second semester here at RCC. I’m a nursing major and future Nurse Practitioner! I struggled through Bio but all in all I loved it. Through LOTS and LOTS of hard work and dedication I successfully completed the course with an A. I love helping other people and seeing them succeed so I felt being an SGL for Bio would be a great opportunity for me! I can’t wait to see what this school year holds for us!
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My name is Kathryn Franklin. This is actually my second time attending RCC - I transferred and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from UCLA and returned to RCC in order to switch career paths. Now, I am waiting to start my nursing program that will lead to certification as a nurse practitioner. I am looking forward to being a Bio SGL because my experience in Biology 1 helped prepare me for university. I learned that the study habits required for this class will help you in any class you take in the future, whether you are a STEM major or not. After all the help RCC has given me, I am eager to give back and hope to help other students achieve their own success.

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​Hi folks! My name is Maricela Toops but you can call me Marcie. My dream is to achieve a doctorate in microbiology and become a science professor. I started my academic career at SDSU and have continued my education at RCC since Spring 2016. I actually spent the majority of my life avoiding and disliking science. I struggled with every STEM class I took in high school! In college, I do still consider subjects like biology and chemistry to be challenging. Unlike high school, though, I had free resources here on campus like tutoring, SI sessions, SGL sessions, and office hours to help me. I discovered that hard work truly pays off. I fell in love with science not only because I learned so many interesting things about this world but also because of how empowering it was to master subjects I never thought I'd be able to understand. As an SGL, I would love to do the same thing for BIO-1 students and show you that, with adequate resources and determination, you could succeed at any subject too!

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Hello. My name is Royce, and I am excited for our SGL sessions! Biology is a very tough subject, and I am here to help you tackle and dissect the difficult concepts through guided activities. I hope to play a significant role your academic success.

About myself: I am a pre-nursing major, and I plan to complete nursing school at RCC. Coming from a big family, I have found joy in caring for another person. Eventually, I will be applying for medical school because I’d like a challenge. Hobbies of mine include gardening, exploring coffee shops, sewing embroidery, reading, writing poetry, hiking, and spending time with my family.

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Samantha S.
My name is Samantha Subang. I'm in my third year of college and my second year at RCC completing my prerequisites to apply for nursing schools. I went to UCR my first year not really knowing what I wanted to do. Then, I transferred to RCC when I realized I wanted to pursue nursing. I am so excited to be a study group leader, meet new students and help them see their own potential!

Samantha Velasco
Samantha V.
Hello, I'm Samm Velasco. I am one of your Bio-1 Study Group Leaders (SGL). I was originally a nursing major, but after I finished the nursing prerequisites I discovered a love for science and added a double major in microbiology. I hope to do biomedical or epidemiological research one day. Along with being a Bio SGL, I am a tutor and supplemental instructor for bio, micro, and anatomy.  I hope to help guide Bio-1 students through their journey here at RCC so they may be successful in their future endeavors. SGL is open to everyone and whether you find a concept challenging or feel like you have a pretty good grasp and just want to review, there is always a spot in SGL for you.

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​Hello everyone my name is Sarah, but I prefer to go by Ariel. To start off, Bio is hard friendos, but it is definitely not impossible! My goal is to help each and everyone of you by teaching you new skills, study techniques, and everything I learned from Bio-1. If you choose my SGL session, please do not hesitate or feel afraid to ask questions. My sessions are to help you pass and gain a better knowledge of Biology.
Even though I am not a Bio major, I have learned a ton from taking Biology with Dr. Tayyar. I truly became interested in science and did my best to work hard in it. That has gotten me to today where I am given the opportunity and the privilege of helping you pass as well. No matter who you take, I hope you continue your knowledge and take something from this experience. Let's work hard together to get you that A!