Learning Assistants (LAs) are students whom have previously done well in a course and are seeking to help students strengthen their learning strategies and master course material. LAs are trained to use varied pedagogical practices such as facilitating group activities and discussions. Here are some further details of what the LA role entails.
What do LAs do?
Learning Assistants (LAs) are undergraduate peer educators who help to facilitate students’ learning both in & out of class. The LA experience involves practice, preparation, and pedagogy to support students’ success as well as LA’s success within the role.
CSU’s Learning Assistant (LA) Program is based on an evidence-informed model of peer-to peer academic support, and research strongly indicates that implementing the LA model with fidelity positive impacts all students (and positively impacts students from underrepresented & minoritized backgrounds even more). In fact, our data shows that LA-supported sections of courses have higher student success rates.
Alongside course instructors, our LAs work to make learning accessible and engaging for students, contribute to students’ success, and have a great time throughout it all.
On average, LAs work about 8-10 hours per week, spending their time:
- working with the instructor and fellow LAs at weekly prep meetings to strategize how to best support students
- attending lectures to facilitate active learning activities & address students’ questions
- offering drop-in support to students in the Calculus Center
- strengthening students’ knowledge and skills through one-on-one & small group tutoring
- options to help run exam review sessions
- reviewing course materials to further their own knowledge of course content
- sharing their perspective and offering suggestions to improve students’ learning and experience in the course
Why become a LA?
- Flexibility in hours working throughout the semester
- Compensation is $15 per hour
- Network of connections with other students, faculty and staff at CSU
- Valuable experience and skills
Quotes from current LAs/Tutors:
“I like working in the Calc Center because I get to hang out with people outside of my major and keep my math skills sharp. I also enjoy teaching with cool professors and grad students!”
“I love connecting with the students so that we are able to incorporate fun into the process of learning math! Seeing students having “aha” moments is so rewarding.”
“I love the calc center because I get to do my favorite math while also helping people. I’ve met a lot of people who have become my friends as both a tutor and a student!”
“The Calc Center is a super fun and supportive work environment. I learn just as much from the students as they do in the class, and get to make meaningful relationships with my students and coworkers in the process. I love working in the Calc Center and highly recommend it for those that like math and love helping others!”