Spring 2015

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From the Directors

Our Mission Our Passion - Transforming the student experience

Livingston Learning CenterThe continued success of the Learning Centers depends on our joint efforts with faculty and staff, as we envision tomorrow’s university today, transforming the student experience and supporting faculty in the classrooms and their pursuit of excellence in research.

To read more about the Learning Centers, our plans, and how we can assist you to design an engaging, powerful learning experience both in and outside of the classroom, please continue reading.


Let Us Help You to Help Students: the Learning Assistant Program

Two Learning Assistant discussing their posterLearning assistants (LAs) facilitate discussions and workshops during lectures, team teach in recitation or laboratory sections with graduate TAs—or lead supplemental study groups on their own outside of class. 

To partner with the LA Program in AY 2015-16 or later, please contact Dr. Mary Emenike, Director of STEM Support Programs, (848.445.1662) or mary.emenike@rutgers.edu), who will be glad to meet individually or with colleagues.

"The Learning Assistant (LA) program is a fantastic resource for Rutgers faculty. I've now taught our department's introductory course on the solar system two times-- to over 120 students in each case-- and the introduction of weekly LA-led study groups the second time around definitely boosted the overall level of student learning. The students who attended the study groups got a lot out of them, and the LAs themselves (including at least one future teacher) also found the experience to be educational and enjoyable. I'm delighted to see colleagues now deploying LAs in their own introductory astronomy courses; I'd recommend the program to anyone who wants to help students master material in ways that go beyond what is possible in a traditional lecture format." Andrew Baker, associate professor in the astrophysics group of the Department of Physics and Astronomy

At the end of each semester, LAs showcase their research on a chosen pedagogical topic during the LA Annual Poster Session.  To learn more about the LA Annual Poster Session and the Learning Assistant Program, please continue reading.


Free help with course work

Tutor working with a tuteeLast semester, more than 1,800 students visited the Learning Centers for walk-in group tutoring.  This semester, the Learning Centers will employ more than 80 tutors across the 4 New Brunswick Campuses—Busch, College Avenue, Cook/Douglass and Livingston—all of whom will assist students in their course work, while promoting a collaborative academic environment through the walk-in group tutoring program.

Tutoring begins the first week of classes and ends the last day of classes.  Limited tutoring is available during the reading days and finals week based upon tutor availability.

To get to know one of our math tutors, Afolabi Sanusi, please continue reading.


Academic and Writing Coaching

Did you know that your students can meet with an Academic or Writing Coach for FREE?   Students sign up online for a confidential appointment that is tailored to their specific academic needs.  There are coaching offices located in all four of the Learning Centers


Spring 2015 - Workshop Series

Please encourage your students to participate in the Learning Centers'

Academic Success Series - How to Be a Successful Rutgers Student

Thursdays 5-6 p.m., Livingston Student Center

and

Scholarship Application Workshop Series

The Learning Centers offer academic skills and writing workshops for student groups, university organizations, and courses. We can schedule a workshop in a classroom or other academic space 7 days a week from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. depending on the coaches' availability.  To schedule, sign up for or learn more about an academic or writing workshop, please visit our website.


Free Resources

Please let your students know that textbooks, scientific models, and calculators are available to borrow while studying in the Learning Centers.