The mission of the Peer Lab program (PL) is to increase student retention and success in upper-division courses by providing collaborative peer learning experiences that improve understanding of subject content, foster critical thinking, and strengthen study skills. The PL program after the Supplemental Instruction (SI) assists students by providing scheduled, out of class supplemental instruction sessions. PL targets high-risk upper-division courses rather than high-risk students.
The OSR hopes that the PL facilitator’s assistance will contribute to the students’ success in the class, through the combination of reviewing lecture notes, textbook readings, supplemental readings, and other effective learning strategies. The strategies learned during the PL programs can be applied to other disciplines.
Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2020
- June 22nd, 2020 for the Fall semester
'My students enjoyed the additional support provided by OSR tutoring, especially as the course content was dense and complex. The tutoring sessions afforded students additional opportunity to talk through assigned readings, and to collaborate on understanding specialized terminology. Those who attended the tutoring sessions performed better on tests, were better able to contribute to class discussions, and were prepared to offer interesting and important questions and responses. Additionally, the OSR tutors have an opportunity to gain leadership skills useful throughout their career. This has been a rewarding experience for my students and the peer-tutor! '
– Dr. Holly Henry, Professor of English, Department of English