STEP Learning Assistants Program
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
Fall 2021 LA Courses:
BIOL 1403 - Biology I
The Learning Assistants (LAs) Program has now expanded to Biology! LAs will be in the Biology classroom. We are looking for LAs that are majoring in Biological Sciences and have successfully earned an A or B in BIOL 1403 and are interested in helping other students succeed. LAs will also need to be available for a Friday afternoon meeting from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.
To be a Learning Assistant students should be available to attend one of the following section. LAs should not register for the course, however:
BIOL 1403 - 001 - Face to Face - Dr. Lisa Limeri: M/W/F 9:00 am - 9:50 am
BIOL 1403 - 002 -Face to Face - Dr. Lisa Limeri: M/W/F 10:00 am - 10:50 am
To learn more about the LA's role, responsibilites and benefits, see:
"About the STEP LA Program" below...
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 1451, 1452 and 2450 (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 1307 or CHEM 1308 and are interested in helping other students succeed.
To be a Learning Assistant students should be available to attend the following section. LAs should not register for the course, however:
CHEM 1308 - 002 - Face to Face - Dr. Adrienne Pedrech: T/H 11:00 am - 12:20 pm
CHEM 1308 - 003 - Face to Face - Dr. Adrienne Pedrech: M/W/F 8:00 am - 8:50 am
MATH 1451 Calculus I & MATH 2450 Calculus III
The LA Program is expanding in Math! Learning Assistants will be present in two sections of MATH 1451 and in one section of MATH 2450!
We are looking for LAs from any major who have successfully completed Calculus I and/or III, with an A or B and are interested in helping other students succeed. The Calculus 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 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 are not required to be future teachers.
To be a Learning Assistant students must be available to attend at least one of the following sections. LAs should not register for the course, however:
MATH 1451-H02 - Face to Face - Mr. Yancy Nunez: T/R 9:30 am-11:30am
MATH 1451-D02 - Distance - Mr. Yancy Nunez: M/W 12:30pm-2:30pm
MATH 2450-22 - Face to Face - Dr. Amanda Laubmeier: T/R 11am-12:50pm
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 an iPad Pro to help them facilitate understanding via Face to Face, Zoom and/or Bb Collaborate. Each week, LAs will attend a 1 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 1-2 hours per week outside of class.
- $10/hour (Exception: Calculus LAs will receive a $700 scholarship, Biology LAs will receive course credit)
- 6 hours per week
- Apple iPad Pro will be checked out to you for the semester (Chemistry and Calculus LAs only)
- 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 Matt Saldana for details.
- Earn 2-3 hours of MATH 4000 credit toward your major. Contact Dr. Williams and/or Dr. Higgins for details.
- Earn 3 hours of BIOL 4301 (BIOL 4301 - 027; CRN: 44730) credit toward your major. Contact Dr. Limeri 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 Fall 2021 -Chemistry and Calculus is June 15, 2021.
Deadline to Apply for Fall 2021 - Biology is August 15, 2021
Positions will be filled as needed.
If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Ken Griffith at email@example.com