The Science Learning Center is partitioned into several areas with tables and whiteboards. Each of these areas is named after a famous scientist, for example, the Marie Curie Room. Our peer-led study groups and the science TA's are scheduled into these areas by subject, time and day. The two areas utilized by the peer-led study groups are the Pasteur Room and the Darwin room (which is shared with biology TA's).
The study groups are organized for many of the introductory science courses and do NOT require advance sign-up. The study groups then start in the third week of class. While you are not required to attend every week, you are strongly encouraged to do so. The peer leader will facilitate discussion and problem-solving related to course content from that week. The group will also make decisions about what material to cover in the following week. Our results from the past demonstrate that students who attend regularly are much more likely to excel in the course than students who do not attend.
Peer leaders are students who have recently excelled in
that course and provide a dynamic opportunity for
students to interact with other students in the same
class and with the peer leader. The peer leader
facilitates learning by engaging all the students in the
group in a collective learning process, which can include
reviewing notes together, learning problem-solving
techniques, assisting each other with understanding
topics, and other such study skills. There is
significant data showing the efficacy of learning that
occurs when students learn from and with their peers!
To become a peer leader or volunteer in the SLC: You must fill out the application found here and turn it in to the front desk at the Science Learning Center. All new peer leaders and volunteers are reqired to take a training course.