ESCC Launches National Peer Mentor Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Deidre P. Frith
Director of Marketing & Media Relations
(334) 347-2623 x2216
(334) 447-7195 cell
ENTERPRISE STATE LAUNCHES
NATIONAL PROGRAM OF PEER MENTORING ON CAMPUS
August 17, 2012 Enterprise, AL - Enterprise State Community College (ESCC)is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new program designed to aid in student learning. Supplemental Instruction (SI), a nationally recognized program of peer mentoring, is used in every level of college and graduate school and was originally started in medical school to help students master difficult concepts.
“The program is not to be mistaken with tutoring, which identifies weak students and helps to remediate their weaknesses,” said SI co-coordinator Kathy Pattie. “Instead, Supplemental Instruction identifies difficult classes, often referred to as gateway classes that traditionally are more difficult for students to pass. In this program, students in the class are offered a one-hour supplemental session for each class taught. These sessions are led by students who have been identified as exceptional students in the class.”
Here is the way SI works. Student SI leaders attend the course with the rest of the class. Then, they help their fellow students learn to relate concepts taught in the class, so they can understand the material, as well as helping them to build study skills that will transfer to their other courses. Participation in the sessions is voluntary, with students being able to pick and choose the sessions they attend.
“I think it is a really good program that will be helpful to a lot of students,” said Gage Craig, one of the new SI leaders. “I am excited not only about being a student leader, but about gaining help in my own Biology 103 class as a student.”
The one-hour sessions of SI are increased to two hours immediately before a major exam or project. Petra Hokanson, a current ESCC student and SI leader, agrees that the opportunities available to her through SI will broaden her educational experience. “I am excited about this opportunity to help fellow students through possible difficulties in their classes. I see this as a learning opportunity for myself as well.”
SI will be offered fall semester 2012 in six classes – English 092, English 093, English 102, Biology 103, Math 112, and History 201 and 202.
ESCC Plans to expand the program next semester to include more classes, so more students can be reached. Students interested in SI may find the classes in the catalog designated in the course titles with the letters SI. The program is funded by a Title III grant. For more information, call (334) 347-2623.
Nationally, the results of Supplemental Instruction are extremely positive. The program has been proven to aid in class retention, decreasing the number of withdrawals over the course of the semester. It has also been shown to increase the final grade of the student participants by 5-10%. Students who participate in Supplemental Instruction are also shown to have much higher graduation rates than those who do not attend these sessions.