Structured Learning Assistance
Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) is a program of mandatory directed study and practice workshops currently attached to all sections of WRT 090 Introduction to Academic Writing, to all sections of MTH092 Basic Math, and to paired sections of MTH092 and MTH096 Prealgebra. See the class schedule at MyDelta for section numbers and times.
- Collaborative-- Students are involved in group activities and study teams.
- Course centered-- Study and learning strategies are applied to the specific content students are learning and focused on the particular teaching style of the professor.
- Background enhancement-- Students are provided with content-specific background information to assist them in making connections between their prior knowledge and the class assignments and presentations.
Who attends SLA workshops? All students in SLA classes must attend study sessions. Some instructors may have different grade requirements for mandatory attendance.
When are the workshops? Workshops are usually scheduled immediately before or after class. The times are listed in the Section Information when you search for classes online in MyDelta and will appear on your schedule.
Who leads the workshops? SLA Leaders are professional tutors. Some Peer Tutors who have or are working on at least Level 2/Advanced CRLA certification, have strong knowledge of the subject matter, and have received training in developmental education and group facilitation are also employed as SLA Leaders.
Why should students attend SLA courses and sessions? Students learn more than course content; they learn study habits, skills, and attitudes that translate to other courses, improving overall academic performance.
Delta faculty can find more information about Structured Learning Assistance at the T/LC Portal Informational site
SLA was developed in 1994 by Terry Doyle at Ferris State University. See the Ferris website for more information about this program.
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