The Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning is now accepting applications for peer leaders for the Fall 2013 Themed Learning Communities (TLCs).
A Themed Learning Community consists of two to three courses taken together to examine a common theme, such as the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. Students enrolled in Themed Learning Communities are able to build relationships with other first-years, as well as with faculty through increased time together. Students in TLCs are able to work with an experienced, upper-class peer leader.
Peer leaders work five to seven hours per week during the semester, assisting first-year students with successful study habit development, involvement on campus and the transition to college. Peer leaders attend at least one TLC class per week, coordinate and host study sessions which meet once a week, assist with field trips (depending on the TLC) and follow up with students.
Benefits of Themed Learning Communities include:
- Higher grade point average (TLC students earn GPAs 0.2 higher on average than non-TLC students)
- Higher retention rates (TLC students have a greater likelihood of enrolling in classes the following semester than non-TLC students)
- Small, discussion based classes (25 students maximum)
- One-on-one work with a peer leader
- Study sessions and academic skills success development
- Hands-on learning (i.e., field trips, speakers)
Students strong in communication and leadership skills are encouraged to apply. The peer leader application is available online.
For more information, contact Stephanie Zobac at firstname.lastname@example.org or (815) 753-8158.