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Supported Learning Groups

Information for Faculty

What are SLGs?

Supported learning groups provide academic support for a first-year class that is historically challenging. Students who have previously taken the course and have done well lead the sessions. They attend the present lectures and follow the course material along with the students in weekly sessions. The study groups are open to all students enrolled in the course and they can participate as often as they choose.

Regular review, pre-tests, and study skills are learned at each session. The sessions function as guaranteed study time with a place to get feedback.  Students must come to the sessions prepared to discuss and contribute to activities.  SLG's are not tutoring sessions, they function as a place for students to get together with a successful peer who has succeeded academically.

I find talking through the material the best way for me to learn, SLG provided time to ask questions and hear others opinions"

What are the SLG leaders trained to do?

The SLG leaders are selected through a rigorous interview process and have to undergo 3 days of pre-service training in August and continuous in-service training is provided throughout the semester. The leaders are trained to:

  • Help the students learn and apply new study skills
  • Facilitate a session and NOT teach the students or give answers
  • Be mentors and role models for your students
  • Encourage interaction between you and your students
  • Facilitate collaborative learning through group activities

What do I need to do if I have an SLG leader in my course?

Faculty play a key role in the success of SLG. It is very helpful for the leader to work with faculty in order to make their sessions as beneficial to students as possible. We understand that faculty has many commitments and responsibilities and therefore it is up to the faculty how much time they spend with the leader. Frequent interaction between the faculty and the leader during and after the class also provides the instructor an opportunity to receive feedback on the areas where students are struggling. Some faculty have gone further to promote SLG by supplying extra practice problems or tips to the SLG leader.

The SLG leader is required to attend classes and faculty are to provide a brief time in lecture for the leader to give announcements about sessions. The schedule of the sessions is listed on the SLG website but it is important to announce the schedule in class to remind students.

Expectations of Faculty

  • Allow the leader 10 minutes during the first class to introduce themselves and the program to students
  • Regularly remind students about SLG and encourage them to attend the sessions
  • Meet the leader weekly to discuss the session plans and talk about the course
  • Complete the survey sent by the SLG coordinator to give feedback on the program and the leader
  • Recommend/suggest SLG leaders each semester

How do I find out about having SLGs for my course?

If you are interested in learning more about the selection process, please contact us at or room C1007.

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