Skip to main content

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.

Are you an undergraduate student who wants to be a Learning Assistant? Apply here!

A Learning Assistant and a student work together at a table.

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

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

Find a Learning Assistant

Request LA Support in Your Class

Apply to be a Learning Assistant


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)
Positive outcomes of LA session attendance in terms of increased course GPA and pass rate
Non-Participant: n = 23465 Participant: n = 5647 χ2 = 530.574, df = 1, p<0.0001; t = 31.526, df = 10108.272, p<0.0001 *Participants attended 3 or more sessions **Equal variances not assumed in GPA diff t-test

A group of Learning Assistants are pictured in front of an orange wall, smiling and gesturing funnily.