Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) Mentors
SLA mentors conduct a mandatory one-hour-per-week directed study and practice session that is attached to a high-risk-for-failure gateway
course. SLA is course-content centered. Study and learning skills are applied to the specific course materials. Mentors assist students in making connections between the lessons and lectures of the class. SLA is a mechanism for teaching students how to work collaboratively and how to form study teams.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) Mentors
An SI mentor is a learning assistant who is content competent in a particular subject. SI mentors assist other students in gaining a better understanding of the course content, and they help develop learning skills to enhance students’ academic experience. SI mentors demonstrate processes and methodologies associated with the learning experience (e.g., learning strategies, note-taking skills, listening skills, and test anxiety). This academic mentor is not a tutor, but rather a facilitator who helps students develop the thinking and reasoning skills that characterize intellectual maturity. An SI mentor is available to undergraduate students as an academic guide, an empathetic listener, a resource guide, and, most of all, a supportive friend.
Resource Center Mentors
Resource mentors serve as empathetic listeners to student concerns and advocates for IUPUI students. The mentors are trained in the interviewing skills necessary to make them active, helpful, and nonjudgmental listeners. They work one on one with individual students, empowering them in their quest to succeed academically and socially. Furthermore, mentors conduct thorough, ongoing follow-ups with all students after the initial contact. Mentors provide students with resources to help them determine their individual learning styles and make subsequent suggestions. In addition, mentors refer students to other campus resources such as academic advising, University Writing Center, Speaker’s Lab, Office of Student Involvement programs, Office of International Affairs, and Counseling and Psychological Services. Mentors also encourage students to interact with instructors and departmental staff.
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