What was a typical week like in your internship position?
In a typical week, I held two one-hour sessions per week. At these sessions, I would review information learned in the last class lecture with warm-up questions, work sheets, practice problems, study guides, etc. Students would come who want a better grade, or if they wanted to maintain their already-high grade. I would answer any questions they have and help them with the study materials I created.
What do you enjoy most about your current position?
I enjoyed watching students truly learn and understand class material more. Knowing that I helped students be more successful is one of the greatest accomplishments. At the end of the course, so many students told me my sessions truly helped them and that had always been my goal.
How did your coursework help you in your internship?
In order to be a GSS Student Leader, I had to have previously taken the course and received at least an A-, so having previous knowledge of ECON200 definitely helped me teach it to others. In addition, my economics courses that I had taken since taking ECON200 helped me understand more thoroughly the content in ECON200.
How did you locate your internship position?
I learned about the Guided Study Session program because I would go to sessions in my first semester at UMD for MATH140, and I learned about applications the following semester when I received an email from the program coordinator.
Advice for students:
Keep an open mind and it can never hurt to apply for ANY job! You can always decide at a future date you don’t want the experience anymore!