A Learning Assistant (LA) is an experienced, trained peer tutor who is assigned to assist students in a particular course. The LA attends the lectures and holds study sessions to help students succeed in challenging courses. The LA has successfully completed the course you are taking, so has expertise in the material you are studying. Because the LA is in class with you, he or she knows how your instructor is approaching course material and what content is being emphasized.
LA’s have diverse backgrounds and know multiple ways of approaching the concepts being taught in your course.
Your instructor will introduce your Learning Assistant to you during the first week of class. At that time, the LA will provide you with contact information and set up times and days for study sessions.
The Learning Assistant (LA) will attend classes with you. Look for your LA to arrive early, sit up front, and listen to the lectures with you. As a result, your LA will know what topics your instructor is covering and will help you connect with both the instructor and the material you are learning.
The Learning Assistant will provide all of the students in your class his or her email address. The LA will also set up regularly scheduled study sessions and review sessions before exams. The LA tries to come to class early and stay late to answer specific questions you may have. The LA is there to help you connect to the course and the course content.
Selected sections of many entry-level General Education courses are served by Learning Assistants, with special emphasis on science and math. Here is a sample of some of the courses served by Learning Assistants in recent semesters:
The Learning Assistant assigned to a class will set days and times of study sessions.
Study sessions are held in the Tutorial Services area, Ground Floor, Bierce Library, adjacent to the Bierce Writing Commons.
For information, please contact Tutorial Services: