Peer-led Study Groups

Peer-Led Study Groups:
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.