About Chemistry Coaches

Chemistry Learning Center (CLC) coaches have been carefully selected for their interest in helping first-year students succeed. Our coaches understand the adjustments that are needed to adapt to a college environment because they have recently been first-year students themselves.

Who works in the CLC?

CLC coaches are undergraduate students majoring in a wide range of academic areas—from engineering to the sciences and arts, with many in between. They have recently completed first-year chemistry courses and received excellent grades. Coaches meet with the chemistry faculty on a regular basis to keep current on what is happening in class sessions.

Our coaches come from many different backgrounds. Most are involved in campus organizations and activities, and all have a common desire to help students confidently navigate the first-year chemistry experience. Always approachable, your coach will help acquaint you with the CLC and Michigan Tech.

Why are we called "coaches?"

CLC staff are called “coaches” because that is a good word to define their job. Our coaches are not teachers or tutors, although they do explain class material as needed.

Athletes have coaches to help them train, practice, and master their sport. The coach provides direction, emphasis, and support in achieving goals. The athletes do the work, but the coach helps them achieve their optimum performance.

Likewise, chemistry students practice, read, and work to become proficient in chemistry. The chemistry coaches serve as guides, helping you when you’re stuck and providing you with direction and support in reaching the goals of your chemistry class.

Become a Coach

Applications for the position of chemistry coach are accepted from the week after Winter Carnival until 9:00 pm on March 25.

Download an application today!

Essential Job Requirements

  1. Good communications skills
  2. Ability to get along with others, patience, and a positive attitude
  3. An interest in helping the new first-year class adjust to college life and college-level work
  4. Successful completion of CH1150 (or currently enrolled) and a good understanding of course content
  5. Enthusiasm for chemistry

Job Preferences

Preference in hiring is given to those with

  1. Excellent verbal communication skills and a caring, patient attitude.
  2. Personal experience using the services of the Chemistry Learning Center, having been enrolled in CH0100 with a regular appointment or team.
  3. Previous tutoring experience.
  4. More time remaining before graduation (due to the extensive training involved).

Hiring preference is given to those who have taken first year chemistry at Michigan Tech.

Job Responsibilities

A condition of employment is regular attendance at weekly coach training meetings held on Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Coaches are expected to work at least 5–8 hours per week in addition to attending these meetings.

This is a job that requires commitment! You will establish a coaching relationship with your students, and they will depend on meeting with you at the appointed times. Once the semester work schedule is made up, you will be expected to work during your scheduled hours on a consistent basis. Unsatisfactory performance as a coach or failure to report for scheduled work assignments is cause for dismissal.

Who Should Apply?

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. It’s important for the students using the center to see that it’s possible to be a mechanical engineer, for example, and still be interested and skilled in chemistry.

Contact Lois Blau for additional information.

Lois A. Blau

Lois Blau

Director, Chemistry Learning Center

Undergraduate Advisor, First-Year Students

Contact

lablau@mtu.edu
906-487-2297
Chemistry Learning Center
Chemical Sciences Building, Room 206A

I can help you with questions pertaining to the Chemistry Learning Center, advise you on first-year chemistry classes, or even help you make the adjustment to life at Michigan Tech.

Feel free to stop by my office, conveniently located within the CLC.