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Learning Assistant Program

Program Overview

At Chabot, we have two programs that provide peer-to-peer learning support closely connected with the classroom in addition to our tutoring programs: the Learning Assistant program and the Supplemental Instruction Leader program.

The Learning Assistant program, developed by instructors at Chabot College, places tutors right in classrooms to support student learning. This program differs from the graduate or teaching assistant model with which many instructors are familiar in that Learning Assistants are peer tutors who work directly with students in the classroom. They do not perform clerical tasks or do lesson preparation for the instructor. In other words, Learning Assistants can contribute when students are grappling with concepts and the application of concepts, whether the concepts involve applying effective study strategies, knowing how to take lecture notes, understanding the reading, asking questions, or appreciating the perspective of the discipline.

The Supplemental Instruction program was developed by the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and we provide a modified version of the UMKC model through the Learning Connection. SI is organized group study time facilitated by a peer, and is not tutoring or re-lecturing. Instead, the SI Leader facilitates study sessions that revolve around student-to-student interaction and cooperative learning outside of class.

When an instructor is assigned a Learning Assistant (LA) or Supplemental Instruction Leader (SIL), the LA/SIL is assigned to a specific section of a course and will be alloted a certain number of hours to work each week over the course of the semester. LA/SIL’s may be assigned to work in lectures, labs, or “out-of-class” at the instructor’s discretion; however, it is important to remember that LA’s work primarily in class, while SIL’s work primarily outside of class. The number of hours that can be allocated differ per program/course and per semester.

In order to be eligible for a position as a Learning Assistant or SI Leader, students must be:

  • primarily Chabot students (not graduates or students who have transferred) 
  • enrolled in at least three academic units at Chabot
  • requested by their Chabot College instructor who submits a LA/SIL request form each semester

Training requirements and other information

  • Learning Assistants must:
    • attend the required paid program orientation (required first semester only)
    • enroll in and pass TUTR 1 (½ unit fee-waived general training class; required every semester)
    • enroll in and pass TUTR 2 (½ unit fee-waived discipline training class; required ever semester) 
  • SI Leaders must:
    • attend the required paid program orientation (required first semester only)
    • attend paid one-day SI training (required every semester)
  • LA/SIL may be requested for multiple semesters (up to four), but only need to complete the application/interview process and orientation before they start their first semester in the Learning Connection program.

Other helpful information

For further assistance or information about the Learning Assistant or Supplemental Instruction programs, please contact Rachael Tupper-Eoff, Senior Administrative Assistant for the Learning Connection.