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What is Chemistry Peer Leading (CHM 3941)?


Course Description

The purpose of this course (CHM 3941) is to prepare and support you in your efforts to become an effective peer leader for small groups of general chemistry students. You will lead the students through activities designed to improve their understanding of the chemistry topics covered in the lecture or through videos watched outside of class. Your role is not to teach or tutor these students, but rather to guide them through collaborative learning activities.

The Peer Leading course involves a review of the topics the students are learning. The students and you will be working on developing or improving skills in information processing, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, management, teamwork, and assessment.

Course Assignments

Course assignments are structured to help you develop both chemistry concepts and peer leading skills throughout the semester.

  1. Chemistry Skills

    Chemistry Activities: You are expected to work weekly on in-class chemistry activities that you will be leading the students through during the peer-led sessions. For Peer Leaders working with General Chemistry 1 students, this will also include completing on-line homework problems intended to deepen your chemistry concepts on the topics related to the weekly chemistry activities. For Peer Leaders working with General Chemistry 2 students, this will include completing the in-class worksheet.

  2. Development of Peer Leading Skills

    Writing Assignments: You are expected to complete several writing assignments that are designed to assist you in reflecting on your experience as a Peer Leader. Frequency and type of assignments differ based on the Peer Leading course instructor. All Peer Leaders will be asked to write about concepts the students have difficulty learning and how to best facilitate learning of those concepts. You may be asked to read about how students best learn chemistry and incorporate those readings into your writing assignments.

    Course Records: During the peer-led sessions, you are responsible for keeping student attendance records, completion of activities, and weekly student group reports.