STEP Learning Assistants Program
Spring 2021 LA Courses:
CHEM 1308 - Principles of Chemistry II
STEP Learning Assistants (LAs) made their debut at Texas Tech in CHEM 1307. Since then, STEP LAs have expanded to CHEM 1308, as well as, MATH 1452 (see below). Data suggests that students who work with LAs are more successful than those who do not. 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. Due to COVID-19, LA/Student interaction will be 100% online.
To learn more about the LA's role, responsibilites and benefits, read below.
Dr. Pedrech's Spring 2021 section will be held MWF 8am-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. Due to COVID-19, LAs will synchronously engage with students via Zoom for Spring 2021. Dr. Higgins' class will be held on Tuesdays from 11:30-1:50 and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:50. More information will be added as it becomes available. 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 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 distance 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 an iPad Pro to help them facilitate understanding via Zoom and/or Bb Collaborate. Each week, LAs will attend a 1.5 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 prepare for class (i.e. solve example problems, refresh familiarity with concepts) for approximately 1.5 hour per week outside of class.
- 6 hours per week
- Apple iPad Pro will be checked out to you for the semester
- 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 up 2 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 and/or Dr. Higgins 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 for Spring 2021 is December 10, 2020. Positions will be filled as needed.
If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Griffith at firstname.lastname@example.org