Frequently Asked Questions

What is SLG?
What is an SLG Leader?
What do I get out of it?
When do SLG sessions begin?
Can I start anytime during the semester?
Do I have to sign up for sessions?
What is the difference between an SLG Leader, a TA and a Tutor?

What is SLG?

SLG stands for Student Learning Groups. They are a series of weekly sessions that are peer-led provided for selected courses. The sessions are designed to allow students the opportunity to interact with each other in order to construct knowledge. The provide a chance for students to get together with other classmates to compare notes, discuss important concepts, and develop study strategies for the specific subject. 

What is an SLG Leader?

The leader is a current student at UFV who has previously taken the course and earned a high grade.  This leader has the ability to share what he or she has learned about the course and how to study effectively for the material.  The leader will attend every class with you so they know the material being covered and therefore will hear the same lecture and read the same readings. 

What do I get out of it?

If you attend the sessions regularly, there is a good chance that you will receive a better grade in the course than you would if you did not attend the sessions.  You will develop a better understanding of the course material and gain effective ways to study.  The skills learned at the sessions will help you in other courses as well.

When do SLG sessions begin?

SLG leaders will be at the first class and give you information about their sessions.  They will gather every students availability and from that figure out the best time to offer the session.  It is not mandatory to attend every session- it is voluntary.  The sessions will be different every week because it follows the professors lectures.  

Can I start anytime during the semester?

Yes, it is never too late to attend your first session because the sessions follow the course material making them drop-in sessions.  If you find you need extra help around exams, you can drop in to study with your peers and leader. 

Do I have to sign up for sessions?

No, sessions are run on a drop-in basis.  If you feel the program is not right for you, it is okay to only attend one session.  

What is the difference between an SLG Leader, a TA and a Tutor?

 

Teaching Assistant

Assists in class
Marks assignments
Is an expert in the subject area
Presents subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of the instructor
Observes students' performance
Plans, prepares, and develops various teaching aids for the instructor

Tutor

Works one on one with students
Is an expert in the subject area
Assists students academically
Helps students develop study skills
Teaches students how to learn
Motivates students and provides them with confidence

SLG Leader

Sits in on class
Holds outside of class study sessions
Facilitates group learning
Teaches study skills and strategies
Facilitates exam prep
Is an expert in the subject area
Has a strong relationship with the instructor
Teaches students how to learn
Motivates students and provides them with academic confidence

NOW HIRING LEADERS

Poster 2014

SLG Promo Video a Success!

 We would like to thank Linda Pardy, IMS, and all of the students who participated in the making of our new SLG promo video. The video was made by CMNS practicum students who put the project together over the Winter 2010 semester.

 

 

2009 Outstanding Student Initiative

 The Supported Learning Group project, aimed at helping first year students succeed in difficult courses won the Outstanding Student Initiative award for 2009.

Read full story.

 

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