Strategic Learning Program
The Strategic Learning Program is a program of facilitated study sessions organized for certain difficult courses. Research shows that students who attend SL sessions regularly (at least once a week) score higher final grades on average than students who do not attend. As well, students who attend SL regularly usually score higher than the class average.
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About strategic learning
- SL consists of a series of collaborative study sessions, held two or three times a week, for difficult courses
- Study sessions are led by a student who has already succeeded in the course.
- SL leaders are hired, trained and supervised by Student Learning Services, Counselling and Development. Strategic learning (SL) increases academic success.
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|CHEM 221/51||McClory||Tues 2:45 - 4:00
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|CHEM 222/01||Robidoux||Tues 4:15 - 5:30||CC-115|
|CHEM 222/01||Robidoux||Thurs 11:45 - 1:00
|CHEM 222/02||Robidoux||Mon 11:45 - 1:00
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|CHEM 271/01||Findlay||Mon 2:45 - 4:00||CC-301|
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|BIOL 364||Zerges||Tues 1:15 - 2:30
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|Geog 272||Moore||Mon 4:15 - 5:30
|Geog 272||Moore||Wed 1:15 - 2:30||H-400-2|
|Geog 274||Matveev||Mon 2:45 - 4:00||H-400-2|
|Geog 274||Matveev||Thurs 4:15 - 5:30||H-619|
Students have the opportunity to become actively involved in the course material as the SL leaders use the text, supplementary readings (if applicable) and lecture notes as vehicles for improving students’ study skills and learning strategies and thus their understanding of course content. Sessions of one hour each are scheduled outside class time, usually at three different times each week. Attendance is voluntary; groups are open to all students in the class throughout the semester.
- Students expand their understanding of course material.
- Together they explore course concepts, solve problems and prepare for exams.
- Attendance is voluntary. Students who attend SL regularly get higher final grades.
- The SL sessions integrate how to learn with what to learn.
Research carried out on this program, which has been offered in many different universities since 1974 (sometimes under the name “Supplemental Instruction” or “SI”) shows that students who attend such groups earn higher course grades and withdraw less often than students who do not participate. Also, data demonstrate higher re-enrollment and graduation rates. Faculty and staff from over 900 institutions in the U.S. and twelve countries, including Canada, have been trained to implement this type of program. SL began at Concordia in April, 2001.
SL leaders are undergraduate students who have recently taken the selected course and done well in it. Their role is to facilitate collaborative learning among students who attend the groups. To this end, they are trained in group facilitation and in study skills so that they can help students develop effective learning and study strategies appropriate to course material. They also serve as “model students” during the course: attending all classes, taking good notes, reading assigned material. SL Leaders do NOT lecture or teach course content; they help students interact with course material using effective learning strategies.