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Multiple Programs for Extra-Scholastic Science Experiences . . . . Mark E. Mattson – Assistant Professor of Physics and Science Coordinator of the Science and Math Learning Center Kathy Fisher – Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction SLC Conference – University of Michigan 2008

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Multiple programs for extra scholastic science experiences

Multiple Programs for Extra-Scholastic Science Experiences . . .

Mark E. Mattson – Assistant Professor of Physics and Science Coordinator of the Science and Math Learning Center

Kathy Fisher – Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction

SLC Conference – University of Michigan 2008

Enhancing the Academic Experience of College Science Students

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Since the Fall of 2000, James Madison University has provided a facility to allow students to receive additional instruction/tutoring. This facility has been formally known as the “College of Science and Mathematics Science and Math Learning Center” but is basically known by the student population as the “Learning Center.”

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This facility provides tutoring by both faculty and advanced undergraduates

Introductory Math courses provided a facility to allow students to receive additional instruction/tutoring. This facility has been formally known as the “College of Science and Mathematics Science and Math Learning Center” but is basically known by the student population as the “Learning Center.”

Introductory Statistics courses

Introductory Physics courses

Introductory Chemistry courses

Introductory courses that feature these subjects

Introductory Biology courses (this fall)

This facility provides tutoring by both faculty and advanced undergraduates

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The faculty members are Charles Cunningham from the Math Department and Mark Mattson from the Physics Department

Chuck is in the foreground

Mark

This fall, we are excited that Alicia James will be joining us in the new position of Chemistry Coordinator.

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Supplemental Instruction Department and Mark Mattson from the Physics Department

What is it?

An academic assistance program that helps students enrolled in historically challenging courses master course content and develop and integrate learning and study strategies.

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Who does supplemental instruction help? Department and Mark Mattson from the Physics Department

  • Supplemental instruction (S.I.) sessions are:

    • Free

    • Voluntary

    • Open to every student in each designated course

The goal is to aid all students in a class, regardless of their knowledge or ability level.

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What is a S.I. leader and what role do they play in S.I. sessions?

  • Course-competent undergraduate students

  • Guide students to a greater understanding of course content by facilitating student discussion

  • Work to further develop student learning and study skills.

  • Attend the course lectures, take notes, and stay up-to-date on all homework and reading assignments

  • Undergo training and learn useful strategies for helping students

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What goes on during supplemental instruction? sessions?

  • Regularly scheduled, fifty minute-long sessions that begin at the start of the semester

  • Students work together under the guidance of a S.I. leader.

  • Students compare notes, discuss readings and concepts, work on practice quizzes and tests, and take part in other collaborative activities.

  • Students learn helpful strategies for studying and learning.

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Both the smlc and si have been placed under the bailiwick of learning resource centers
Both the SMLC and SI have been placed under the bailiwick of “Learning Resource Centers”

VP, Academic Affairs

VP, Student Affairs

Student Success Programs

Learning Resource Centers

ELL

UWC

SMLC

SI

CRC

ODS

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Thanks! “Learning Resource Centers”

Contact us for further information: Mark Mattson: [email protected] Kathy Fisher: [email protected]

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