Why did you choose OISE? And, why did you choose the Masters of Education in Developmental Psychology and Education Program?
I chose OISE because it is one of the most recognized institutions in the field of education. Since my undergraduate research project was on the effect of hypermedia learning environment on students, Developmental Psychology and Education was the perfect program for my academic and research interests.
What is your academic and/or personal background?
I recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from McGill University. Under Dr. Roger Azevedo’s supervision, Senior Canada Research Chair in Metacognition and Advanced Learning Technologies, I worked as a research assistant in his research laboratory at McGill for over a year, and engaged in a variety of research tasks related to several funded laboratory studies in the area of self-regulated learning, emotions and intelligent multi-agent systems. For my research project, I investigated gender differences and the impact of scaffolding on learning with a multi-agent intelligent tutoring system.
I love coming up with questions and investigating them. Getting that p < .05 is the best feeling in the world! I would definitely like to pursue a doctorate degree in Psychology and continue on with my academic training in research. Ultimately, I would like to become a professor/mentor at an institution with my own team of researchers. I was fortunate enough to have great research supervisors and mentors during my time at McGill. I would love to become a professor who can lead and inspire young minds in the field of research.
If you could give your 16 old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Well 16-year-old Wook, you are going to take Spanish, French, and Chinese in high school and University. Just choose one of them and perfect it instead of trying to learn all three. If you don’t, you are going to mix up French with Chinese or Spanish with French. Yes, it happens more frequently than you would imagine.
What can you not live without?
Chocolate, cheesecake, lemon meringue pie, and other amazing desserts in the world. I can skip dinner and just eat sweets because love desserts!