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Biology and Wildlife Learning Lab

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 Epidemic and restrictions to campus access, the B&W Learning Lab is closed for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester.


The Biology and Wildlife Learning Lab in Murie 202 is a resource available to all UAF Biology and Wildlife (B&W) students.  TAs are available to answer questions about specific courses, provide guidance on study strategies, and make space available to complete work (online lab students are welcome to bring their lab kits and use the space to complete lab exercises; the Learning Lab does NOT provide lab supplies).  

The calendar shows the schedule for the B&W Learning Lab.  Note that each TA lists the courses they can provide assistance with; if you can't see the list of courses, click on the TA's name to see more information.  You are welcome to stop in and talk with any TA, but please realize that any given individual has specific expertise and can best help with questions in that area of expertise.  The Learning Lab is also a good place to go to work alone or in groups or to ask questions about how to effectively study and learn material.  

Additional Information 

Distance and in-person UAF B&W students are welcome to make use of the lab during open hours. You can come in on your own or bring your friends to study together!  When a TA is supervising the Learning Lab and holding office hours, students in that TA's course will have priority over students who are not in the course if space is limited. 

Laptops that include software used in B&W courses will be available for use in the lab space.

Lab safety rules must be followed at all times, as you are working in a lab space. No food or drink are permitted. Closed-toe shoes and covered legs are required, as lab work may be taking place. Distance students working on online labs must know and follow the safety procedures provided for their labs, use the appropriate personal protective equipment included in their lab kits, and dispose of any and all wastes properly.

The lab is only open when a supervisor is present. Students are required to leave when the TA's hours are over and they need to close the lab.

No one is expert in all areas of biology and wildlife.  If a TA says they can't help with a particular course or question, please be respectful of that. The TA doesn't want to accidentally mislead you by guessing at something that is outside their area of expertise.

Learning Tips

In each class, focus on mastering and retaining as much as possible. The courses you take in Biology and Wildlife build on each other and on the other prerequisite courses they require. You will apply the content and skills you learn in one course to the next. You are on a path to gaining expertise in your chosen field, and by the time you earn your degree, you should have assimilated all the material from various courses and be ready to use it as you apply your degree in your career and/or future studies.

In your courses, you will turn in work (either online or on paper) and receive feedback.  Some of this will be work done in class, during lab, or outside of class or lab that helps you practice and prepare for important assessments like exams or lab projects.  All these assignments and assessments help you master important skills and concepts that are essential to your success in the course, biology and wildlife program, and your future fields of study.  Generally, you will receive feedback on these, and that will include pointing out where you got things wrong or could make improvements.  It is important to learn how to make use of this feedback.  If you get something wrong or are told that something could be improved, do NOT take it personally!  The person providing feedback is doing so in order to help you.  Learning how to take criticism and learn from mistakes is a key to success in any field.  Take the feedback seriously and use it to make improvements; using feedback in this way is part of the learning process and will help you master that skill or content.  If you're confused about an assignment or the feedback received, talk with the person who wrote it to get clarification.  The TAs in the Biology and Wildlife Learning Lab may be able to answer some of your questions about work you are doing, but some questions may need to be directed to your course TA or instructor.

Everyone in Biology and Wildlife - including the TAs at the Biology Learning Lab - is invested in your success.  Make use of the resources available to you here, in your courses, and elsewhere on campus.

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