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CHEM203 - Dr. Jackie Bortiatynski

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LAs in CHEM203 help to facilitate activities during class time, as well as lead guided-study groups organized around faculty-generated problem sets. Half of the sets are included as a graded assignment and the remaining are extra credit. Below is the LA information page from Dr. Bortiatynski's course management system.

LA Information and Problem Sets Page

LA Guided Study Group Times and Location:

Monday-Thursday; 6-7 pm in 103 Osmond Lab

Friday; 1-2 pm in 202 Osmond Lab

What is a Learning Assistant (LA)?

A LA is a student that has committed to contribute to the Chem 203 learning environment in a positive manner through their role as a learning facilitator. LAs attend class and support group discussions of the course material inside and outside of class. They are learning coaches and will be a great help to you throughout the semester.

In support of the guided study sessions that the LAs will be leading outside of class, there are 10 LA Problem Sets developed exclusively for Chem 203 to help you practice the course material. Three of these problem sets are practice exams to help prepare you for the in class exams. Each LA Problem Set can be found by clicking on the  LA Information and Problem Sets Page link on the front page of the Chem 203 Canvas site. The due date for obtaining a signature indicating it is complete from either a LA or Dr. B. is at the top of the first page of each problem set.

You are expected to work on the LA Problem Sets on your own and complete as much as possible before coming to the guided study sessions held by the LAs. If you never work on problems on your own you will never know what you understand and what you can do with the concepts. While at the study session you are expected to work with your peers to confirm your answers in the problem set and share what you know with others. By sharing what you know with your peers, you will learn the material at a deeper level. What you do not want to do is come to the guided study sessions with a blank problem set or just come to get your problems checked by the LA and leave. Without articulating what you know to others and receiving good feedback on your work you will not reap all the benefits of your work to complete the problem set. The LAs will provide you with feedback on your work and ask you to discuss your answers, and when the problem set is complete they will sign and date it. Once it is signed and dated, you can then turn in this problem set to your Lab TA who will give you credit for completing it.

The first 5 problem sets you complete and this must include Problem Set #1 will earn you 50 points of homework credit for the course. The remaining 5 problem sets will count for extra credit and you can earn an additional 50 points of extra credit if you complete them all. If you are unable to go to the LA sessions to obtain feedback on your problem sets then you can come to Dr. B’s Office Hours and she will take you through the same process. Remember the feedback will be given when you attend one of these sessions is key to make sure you are learning the material.