Lucy Jiang

MAT 135Y1, CHM138H1

Like many people who came into Life Science, the big goal is to get into Med School. When my first round of tests came out, I was pretty much crushed. The 60's were resting on my table, and my Med School dreams were completely vanished. I came across the TLS flyers for MAT135, and since the first seminar was free, I decided to give it a try. And thank god I did! James introduced himself with a list of impressive credentials, planted jokes here and there, and most importantly, he made me realize that I was not the only person struggling. James is very approachable, so don't hesitate to ask for help; chances are, if you don't get it due to his super crazy busy schedule of helping others, many people around you do not get it as well. The study packages are filled with all sorts of questions, from the basic concepts, to the hardest questions that even trick's the TA's. James will help you tackle all the hardest questions that you've never even thought could possibly exist.

After the great experience I got from the MAT135 seminars, I turned to Collin (James' double), for help in CHM138. Collin was absolutely amazing as well; he helped me through all the fundamentals, which is very important if you want to succeed in Organic Chemistry. By the end, putting together organic reactions seemed like building things from a Lego set.

I cannot stress enough how wonderfully helpful both James and Collin are. They really do care about the students, and takes the time to build a meaningful personal relationship with each and every one of them. That is why their email inboxes are filled with questions from the TLS students, even during the summer vacations. They both ensured me that Med School is indeed possible, and even though U of T is out to get us, TLS will always back us up. I am so thankful and lucky to have been taught by both of them, they didn't only teach me things about school, but also things about life and career choices. Choosing TLS was hands down, the best decision I made in first year.