Peer Academic Support
When it comes to learning, it’s what you DO that matters. Learning with a peer fosters self-testing for understanding, connecting concepts, and improving memory. Learning as a group can be particularly effective!
At USM, there is an entire team of trained peers to assist with a wide array of learning goals. These student employment positions include:
While each of these roles target specific tasks, disciplines, or courses, they all share the following approaches to the work:
To maximize both the short and longer-term learning value, peer academic support is NOT designed to:
While the Learning Assistants are embedded in specific USM courses to facilitate group learning in the classroom, the other roles listed above are all available by appointment or via drop-in, and either in person or live online via Zoom.
All USM students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities for active learning with peers. A key to getting the most out of each of these experiences is to arrive prepared. This means that you have all of the information and tools associated with the task or goal. Examples include:
Interested in learning more about our peer academic support programs, or applying for a position? Check out our Student Employment Opportunities page.
To learn how to schedule an appointment, visit our Scheduling an Appointment page!