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Peer-Led Support

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic enhancement program that integrates academic skills instruction and application into course content and assignments through peer-led collaborative sessions that help students navigate challenging course requirements.

Please contact Student Success in the Teaching and Learning Commons on the  second floor of the Peters Building , 519-884-0710 ex 4499 if you have any questions about the SI program.

These sessions give you the opportunity to meet students from your classes in small groups; engage with course concepts to gain an in-depth understanding of course material; learn new strategies to approach difficult course concepts and assignments; and prepare for tests, exams, and assignments through regular review and practise.

This service is not a replacement for lectures, tutorials/labs, readings, or studying.

Some courses, but not all, offer credit for attending SI sessions. Consult your course syllabus or check with your instructor or teaching assistant.

Note: You can track your attendance through the Student Success Student Portal. However, please allow at least three business days for your attendance to be recorded.

Winter 2019 Supplemental Instruction

Biology 111

On-going SI sessions
  • Monday, 7:00 - 8:20 p.m.,  Room N1044 (Science Building)
  • Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:20 p.m., Room BA110 (Bricker Academic Building) 

Business 121

On-going SI sessions
  • Monday, 7:00 - 8:20 p.m., Room BA111 (Bricker Academic Building) 
  • Monday, 8:30 - 9:50 p.m., Room BA111 (Bricker Academic Building) 
  • Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:20 p.m., Room BA111 (Bricker Academic Building)
  • Tuesday, 8:30 - 9:50 p.m., Room BA111 (Bricker Academic Building) 
  • Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:20 p.m., Room BA111 (Bricker Academic Building)
  • Wednesday, 8:30 - 9:50 p.m., Room BA111 (Bricker Academic Building) 
  • Thursday, 7:00 - 8:20 p.m., Room BA111 (Bricker Academic Building)
  • Thursday, 8:30 - 9:50 p.m., Room BA111 (Bricker Academic Building) 
Midterm Exam Review session will be held the week of February 11th, 2019 during regular SI times (no bonus marks will be awarded during review week)

Chemistry 111

On-going SI sessions
  • Sunday, 7:00 - 8:20 p.m., Room BA208 (Bricker Academic Building)
  • Monday, 7:00 - 8:20 p.m., Room BA202 (Bricker Academic Building)
  • Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:20 p.m., Room N1044 (Science Building)
  • Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:20 p.m., Room N1044 (Science Building)
Midterm Exam Review sessions
  • Tuesday February 26th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., 1E1

Chemistry 203

On-going SI sessions
  • Monday, 8:30 - 9:50 p.m., Room N1044 (Science Building)
  • Wednesday, 8:30 - 9:50 p.m., Room N1044 (Science Building)
Midterm Exam Review session
  • Thursday March 7th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., BA201

Music 162

On-going SI sessions
  • Wednesday, 7:30 - 8:50 p.m., Room A204 (Aird Building)
  • Thursday, 8:00 - 9:20 p.m., Room A223 (Aird Building)
Final Exam Review session TBD

Music 271

On-going SI sessions
  • Thursday, 7:00 - 8:50 p.m., Room A220 (Aird Building)
Midterm Exam Review session
  • Monday February 25th, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., A204

Facilitated Study Groups

A facilitated study group (FSG) is a time and place for you to get together with other people from your classes and an FSG leader (someone who has previously taken the course) to discuss the course content and gain a deeper understanding of what is being covered in the class lectures and readings. This does not mean that the FSG leaders will teach you the content, but they will help you enhance your understanding of course material, and they can also help students with understanding assignment requirements. FSGs run until the last day of classes.

Winter 2019 FSGs

BF190: Modernity and the Contemporary World (Brantford Foundations)
BF199: Modernity: Critique and Resistance (Brantford Foundations)

  • Mondays, 2-3 p.m., Market Place (MP) 115
  • Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Market Place (MP) 115

EC140: Introduction to Macroeconomics

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., Market Place (MP) 115

PS102: Introduction to Psychology II

  • Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Market Place (MP) 115

Peer Language Support Program

The Peer Language Support Program is a joint initiative by Writing & Study Skills Services and Laurier International. The program matches undergraduate students with multilingual learners on campus to meet regularly throughout the term. The purpose of the Peer Language Support Program is to provide students whose first language is not English with: the opportunity to meet and interact with other Laurier Brantford students; the opportunity to improve their conversational English; emotional and social support; and a forum to discuss their concerns and anxieties associated with academics, acculturation, and other issues.

If you are a multilingual learner who would like to improve your English, meet other students or receive support in a particular course, please contact the Laurier International coordinator.

If you are a Laurier Brantford student who is interested in volunteering in the program, please join us at one of the Fall 2018 training sessions:

  • Thursday, Sept. 27 from 2-4 p.m. in MP115
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m.-noon in MP115

Questions can be directed to Karley Doucette.

There are two options for participation in this program:

Conversational Support

Participants (undergraduates or LEAF students) are paired with other Laurier Brantford students. The students meet for approximately one hour per week to engage in fun activities and practice speaking conversational English.

Course-Specific Support

Each undergraduate participant is paired with a Laurier Brantford student in one of his or her classes. The students meet once a week to compare class notes and discuss lectures and readings. This type of support is helpful for courses where it is more difficult to keep up with the pace or volume of notes and readings.