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Learning Assistant's (Level II) discussion and review sessions are determined by the class majority, and times/dates/locations are decided after the first week of class.

LA II Schedule

Level I Learning Assistant (LA) Tutor

Learning Assistant Level I Tutors are assigned to courses that have over 60 students enrolled in the course. They are responsible for helping students who have various levels of knowledge gain a clearer and deeper understanding of a particular subject in a collaborative and active learning environment.

Their responsibilities are to: (1) attend classes; (2) assist the faculty during class time; (3) assist the faculty member outside of class time for up to three hours per week; (4) meet with the faculty member to discuss course content and student progress; (5) hold two one-hour drop-in tutoring labs each week.

Level I Learning Assistants have taken the course, have earned at least a B or better in the course, and must be recommended by the professor who teaches the course. LAs attend the course with the students, assist professors in and out of the class, meet with the professors regularly, and hold weekly guided learning sessions. LAs also complete a ten-hour national certification training program.

Level II Learning Assistant (LA) Tutor

Learning Assistant Level II tutors are assigned to courses that have over 60 students enrolled and that historically have high failure rates. They are responsible for helping students who have various levels of knowledge gain a clearer and deeper understanding of a particular subject in a collaborative and active learning environment.

The Level II LAs perform the same duties as the Level I LAs but have the additional responsibilities of preparing for and holding two one-hour weekly discussion/review sessions (not drop-in tutoring labs), as well as holding two office hours per week in Rosenkrans.

Level II Learning Assistants have taken the course, have earned at least a B or better in the course, and must be recommended by the professor who teaches the course. LAs attend the course with the students, assist professors in and out of the class, prepare for and hold weekly guided learning sessions, hold individual discussion hours, and meet with the professor regularly. LAs also complete a sixteen-hour training program that focuses on using different strategies to engage students in learning.

National data show that students who attend these types of sessions average from one half to one full letter grade above the average of the non-attending group.