Texas Tech University

STEP Learning Assistants Program

 Spring 2020 LA Courses:

CHEM 1308 - Principles of Chemistry II 

STEP Learning Assistants (LAs) made their debut at Texas Tech in Dr. Dana-Marie Telesford's CHEM 1307 course with much success. Dr. Telesford has elected to continue her utilization of LAs in her CHEM 1308 course. We are looking for LAs that are majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry and have successfully earned an A or B in CHEM 1308 and are interested in helping other students succeed. This section will meet MWF at 8am to 8:50am.  Click here if you are interested in applying to be a CHEM 1308 LA.

MATH 1452 - Calculus II

We are looking for LAs from any major who have successfully completed Calculus II (MATH 1452) with an A or B and are interested in helping other students succeed. The Calculus II LA project is aligned with the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program at Texas Tech, which offers $15,000 annually in financial support, beginning Fall 2020, to students who are interested in completing a certificate to teach high school math and are committed to teach in a high-need school district. However, LAs for Calculus II are not required to be future teachers. Dr. Brock Williams will be teaching this Calculus II section on WF 11am to 1pm. Click here if you are interested in applying to be a MATH 1452 LA. 

About the STEP LA Program

As we celebrate our growth at Texas Tech, we remain mindful of our commitment to providing students with a personalized educational experience. To achieve our mission of effectively shrinking the lecture hall and providing Red Raiders with more individual attention for problem solving, the TLPDC is announcing the integration of STEP Program Learning Assistants into high enrollment STEM courses.

This program, modeled from the highly successful Learning Assistant Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will be customized to suit the needs of students and faculty at Texas Tech. Specifically, STEP LAs will lead learning communities and facilitate active-learning in large enrollment STEM courses. 

We anonymously surveyed students taking CHEM 1307.  Here are a few of their anonymous comments:

"I think the LAs help a lot in this class. They take the time to be patient and help you at the pace you need. I think that important in learning because when you actually understand the material it makes a difference rather than just rushing through it. I like how the LAs ask how you're doing and you can be honest with them and they're eager to help you out. They are great overall!" -CHEM 1307 Student

"I like the LAs. They are very helpful, especially if I want to ask a question not in front of the whole class. They help me with my mistakes, not just go over the right way to do it." -CHEM 1307 Student

"The LAs have been a great addition to this course because having someone to help work through the problem instead of just giving you the answer. Since we have the LAs, the class has slowed down and we are actually given time to work out problems and take better notes." -CHEM 1307 Student

Interested in becoming a STEP Program Learning Assistant? What does an LA do?

STEP Program LAs will be expected to attend (not enroll) each class period, identified above (3 hrs./wk.). During class, LAs will help students solve and understand problems and questions that are posed in class. LAs will be provided with a portable whiteboard and markers to help facilitate understanding. Each week, LAs will attend a 2 hour prep session, to be briefed on relevant content and pedagogical strategies. This session will also serve as a debrief from the previous week to help us reflect on the efficacy of our work and discuss ways to improve it. Finally, LAs will be expected to make themselves available 1 hour per week outside of class to meet with students from each in-class learning community. Students will not be required to meet with LAs, but our data show that they appreciate the option.

Benefits:

  • $10/hour
  • 6 hours per week
  • Enhance your understanding of the content. This is great for improving performance in advanced courses or in preparing for standardized graduate admissions exams, like the MCAT or GRE.
  • Earn 2-3 hours of CHEM 3000 credit toward your major. Contact Dr. Griffith for details.
  • Earn 2-3 hours of MATH 4000 credit toward your major. Contact Dr. Williams for details.
  • Work directly with TTU Faculty

We are looking for students who:

  • Are STEM Majors
  • Enjoy interacting and learning with fellow students 
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (preferred)
  • Earned an A or B in the courses described above

Deadline to apply is January 3, 2020

If you have additional questions, contact ken.griffith@ttu.edu

 

 

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