Academic Resource Center
Learning Assistants in the Classroom
Learning Assistants are specially trained peer tutors who are either concurrently enrolled in a required, one credit Psychology course titled, Adult Personal and Cognitive Development: Implications for Instruction or have taken this course in the past. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Peer Learning Assistants should be involved collaboratively in classroom instruction and/or design. This may include metacognitive modeling, small group assistance, board work demonstration, and problem-solving conversations with the instructor or student groups, or by providing classroom observation feedback. Some Learning Assistants hold office hours to provide individualized support and strategic learning strategies. Ideally, the Learning Assistant should have already taken the course and received a final grade of B+ or above, but faculty members may request a student who has not had the specific course.
Learning Assistants are excellent peer models, but they need supervision regarding content accuracy, supplemental materials, and vocabulary precision. Instructors work in a partnership with the Learning Assistant, building opportunities for metacognitive modeling, questioning techniques, and multi-modal instruction. The Learning Assistant’s focus is on the student, encouraging engagement, perseverance, resourcefulness, and metacognitive development.
Learning Strategy Instructor (LSI):
These are outstanding Peer Tutors who have been selected by the staff of the Academic Resource Center to conduct academic success workshops as Learning Strategy Instructors. The LSIs receive additional, ongoing training and supervision with a Learning Specialist regarding student development, metacognitive strategies, and study skills. These LSIs also prepare and present workshops to the first year football team members.
Workshop Tutors :
Workshop Tutors are nominated by faculty members and supervised by both the faculty member and the Academic Resource Center. They offer study group opportunities, outside of class time, receiving direction and support from the discipline-specific faculty member. Workshop Tutors may develop their own content-specific activities to support students’ questions, concerns, and knowledge gaps. Workshop Tutors understand the content well, have taken the course in question with a final grade of B+ or better, and know specific learning strategies. Although they address content-specific information and questions, they also help their peers develop greater confidence, more efficient learning techniques, and better reflective learning skills. These content workshops are interactive and provide opportunities for discussion and strategic modeling.
Head Tutors are selected through an interview process that includes other experienced Head Tutors and the staff of the Academic Resource Center. These outstanding peer supervisors have excellent tutoring records, training, and experience. They are responsible for implementing tutor training sessions and conducting ongoing evaluating and revision of the training curriculum. They are supervised by the Tutorial Coordinator and the Director of the Academic Resource Center.
Interested in becoming a Head Tutor? Click here for an application.