Peer Learners Attending TLTC

The Toro Learning & Testing Center offers various types of peer learning assistance programs where knowledgeable and trained CSUDH students offer academic support to their peers.

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Peer Learning Student Peer Learners Discussing Project Peers learning from each other

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Supplemental Instruction is an academic support program developed by the University of Missouri at Kansas City to help students in historically difficult courses or courses with high DFW rates. SI sessions take the form of weekly/biweekly peer-led study sessions and drop-in support. SI is designed to help students with the process of learning to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades; it is not just for students who are struggling.

SI sessions are led by SI Leaders. SI Leaders are DH students who have successfully completed the course and have been trained to facilitate group sessions. SI Leaders lead students in improving their understanding of the course material, reviewing and discussing important concepts, developing study strategies and preparing for exams.

Participation is traditionally voluntary, anonymous, and held out of class to maximize student success and engagement. Students may attend as many sessions as they choose. Typically, sessions begin the second week of class and continue throughout the semester.

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL)

Peer-Led Team Learning is an instructional model that emphasizes peer-led student achievement through active learning opportunities. Developed by City College of New York through support by the National Science Foundation, PLTL workshops are integrated into regular coursework as weekly workshops facilitated by PLTL Leaders.

PLTL Leaders, are DH students who have successfully completed the course and have been trained to facilitate group sessions. The PLTL Leaders facilitate group work through challenging problem sets that are designed to encourage various problem solving strategies and to help build conceptual understanding. PLTL Leaders collaborate with faculty to provide both in and out of class support to help students enrolled in the course. PLTL is designed to help students gain a better and deeper understanding of material, lower drop rates, and improve grades; it is not just for students who are struggling.

PLTL participation is often an integrated part of the course and may include additional out of class workshops.