Boise State Learning Assistant Program
Maximize Success with Peers
Learning Assistants (LAs) are peers who provide academic support for students in traditionally difficult courses and help students experience a higher rate of success and overall better grades.
Apply to be a Learning Assistant
Are you an undergraduate student who wants to be a Learning Assistant? Apply here to be a Learning Assistant!
What are Learning Assistants?
- Attend class with you
- Facilitate student-led study and discussion groups outside of the classroom
- Offer guided study sessions
- Connect students with faculty members
- Are familiar with course content and material
What does a typical LA session look like?
A typical LA session includes:
- Group discussion and problem solving
- Concept review and test prep
- Academic skill-building
- An hour and fifteen minutes in length
Positive Outcomes Associated with Attending Learning Assistant Sessions
Over the five year period, 2012-2017, students who participated in 3 or more LA sessions for an individual course during a given semester achieved greater academic success as compared to their peers who attended 2 or fewer sessions. Specifically, those who attended at least 3 sessions:
- Earned grades on average 0.5 grade points higher (average course grade of 2.77 for attendees vs. 2.26 for non-attendees)
- Passed the related course at a 14% higher rate (average pass rate of 89.9% for attendees vs. 75.8% for non-attendees)