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Overview of the Program

Due to budget cuts, the Division of Undergraduate Education announced the end of Academics in the Commons (AITC) in Spring 2011. This program offered free tutoring programs and workshops across a variety of physical science disciplines in lower division courses and served about 3,000 students per quarter in Covel Commons. The creation of the Peer Math Learning Project (PMLP) was a result of the University's desire to consolidate resources by working with each individual academic department to create free substitute opportunities for classes that Covel offered when similar programs already existed within each individual department (e.g., Student Math Center). The undergraduate vice-chair of the Mathematics Department agreed to pilot the PMLP program for Fall 2012 and continue it based on resources and interests.

The program will be under the direct supervision of an experienced mathematics graduate student (also known as the Mentor). He or she will oversee the undergraduate peer learning facilitators (PLF's) who in turn will hold 1-hour sessions with about 20 students.


Mission

The mission of the PMLP program is to positively influence students' academic success and personal development in the field of mathematics. The sessions are designed to teach learning strategies and techniques, which will assist students to master course content through small group discussions, and class activities. Skills emphasized may include time management, reading comprehension, critical analysis of material, quantitative reasoning, note taking, and test preparation.

This is NOT a tutoring program or a study hall for completing homework, nor are these extra Math 32A office hours. The PL program is designed to help students learn valuable skills such as study strategies and time management, learn to apply them to current and future courses, and as a result help them become better mathematics students throughout their academic careers.


Student Expectations

Class Requirement #1: Attendance.
Attendance in the PL program is important in order to benefit from the program. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class meeting. Missing more than TWO sessions will result in dismissal from the program. Being more than FIVE minutes late will count against the student as non-attendance and may be asked to leave so that it is not disruptive to the session. Students are expected to stay the whole 1-hour session for the same reasons.

Attendance in the PL program does not substitute for attendance in the target course.

Class Requirement #2: Bring your textbook.

Bring your textbook and lecture notes to the program sessions. Students are expected to keep up with the reading assignments of the target course and be prepared to participate in all PL activities.

Discussing your notes and what was presented in class will help you become a better note taker so that your notes become a more effective study aid. The PMLP program will enable you to add to your knowledge by answering questions and explaining the material in detail; it is not a place to pick up notes from a missed lecture, but a place to build your notes from things you might have missed when attending the lecture.

Prepare for your session by reading your assigned text prior to the session.

Class Requirement #3: Participation.

Active participation in PL sessions is necessary. Helping others learn the material will also help you understand it more thoroughly. Working with other students is a very effective method of mastering the material to maximize your learning experience.

While PL encourages a free exchange of ideas and information, side-conversations or other disruptive talking when the PLF or another student is speaking is inappropriate and inconsiderate. Collegiate behavior and decorum is expected. Offending student(s) may be asked to drop the PL program.


Peer Learning Facilitators Expectations

The role of the PLF is to help you improve your techniques for learning mathematics. This is best done when everyone contributes to the discussion and collaborative learning results. The PLF's role is NOT to lecture on material from the target course or give answers to possible exam and homework questions.

Students are encouraged to ask questions, to answer each other's questions, and to feel free to speak up when his/her questions have not been discussed or fully answered. Suggestions are welcomed, too.
 

Tentative Schedule

Click here for each sessions' schedule that are all located at Covel, 210: Fall 2013 PLF Session Schedule

Week

Topic
1
No session - sign ups.
2
Reading a math book.  Review single variable calculus.
3
Prepare for midterm #1.
4
Effective homework strategies.
5
Post Exam Analysis I.
6
Prepare for midterm #2.
7
Effective homework/Study Strategies I.
8
Effective Homework/ Study Strategies II.
9
Post Exam Analysis II.
10
Prepare for final.  Evaluation.
Finals Week
No session - finals.

*Depending on the date of the exams, curriculum will shift.

Topics will vary depending on the students' progress. 


Enrolling into Peer Learning for Fall 2013

If you are interested in signing up for the Peer Math Learning Project and ENROLLED in a Math 32A lecture in the fall, please go to the following link starting THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013: https://be.my.ucla.edu/ClassPlanner/PeerLearningStudent.aspx?u=5

Other sources of Math help: Math Tutor List, AAP Peer Learning, Engineering Students or visit the office hours of your instructor or teaching assistant.

Questions about the Mathematics Peer Learning Program?
Contact Student Services, ugrad [at] math [dot] ucla [dot]