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Gregory Lyons

Mathematics/Plan II
Graduation Year:
Spring 2018
"It is wonderful to see a student gain confidence in a subject in which they had before been struggling."

What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
In my opinion, the most rewarding part of tutoring at Sanger Learning Center and being an educator in general is the feeling of satisfaction you get when a student understands a difficult concept. It’s great to see students improve over time and across multiple sessions.

What has been the most surprising aspect of your job?
I did not expect that I would get to tutor such a variety of subjects! I have tutored various topics in math, physics, and French. A tutor at the Sanger Center can help with more than just calculus, physics, and chemistry, even though those are the courses we most commonly tutor.

Tell us about a time you worked with a student (or group of students) and were particularly proud of the outcome. What happened? Why was it special?
One semester I regularly tutored a student in physics. Near the end of the semester, he stopped going to tutoring because he felt like he no longer needed it. He even thanked me when I ran into him randomly on the Drag! It is wonderful to see a student gain confidence in a subject in which they had previously been struggling.

What do you think is the biggest myth about learning/studying in college?
Some people may feel discouraged or try less when they fall behind in a class because they feel that they cannot catch back up. It’s certainly true that you should try to stay on top of what you learning, but even if you do fall behind, there are often many ways that you can get back up to speed on the material, whether it be through a visit to the Sanger Center or attending office hours. Learning doesn’t have to be something that you do alone! UT has many resources to help you.

Tell us about an academic challenge you encountered when you got to UT. How did you handle it? What advice would you give to someone in the same situation?
One of the most challenging classes I have taken was an honors linear algebra class. Going into each homework I felt like I had little clue as to what was going on and various concepts in class weren’t making sense. I learned that by starting the homework (or at least looking at it) the day it was assigned, I had a lot of time to think about the problem and often the solution came to me a few days later, giving me time to finish my homework. In general, I would highly recommend starting work when it’s due, so that if you run into problems you have time to process it, maybe even leave it, and come back to it with a fresh mind.