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Peer Teaching - A Great Success

 

A major activity within the Virginia/North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation program at Saint Augustine’s College is the Academic Bridge Program.  This activity has assisted more than sixty (60) students.  Students are provided additional academic support in entry level science and math courses; specifically, Principles of Biology, General Chemistry, Algebra/Trigonometry and Calculus.  The success of this program can partially be attributed to the dedicated faculty who teach the students in the classroom and also during the additional academic support period which is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the weekday.  During the second year of this program, peer teachers were selected from among the first cohort of Academic Bridge Program participants.  These students, who were sophomores, had demonstrated expertise in at least one of the entry level courses and had also expressed an interest in teaching.  They were trained by faculty in the STEM disciplines to assist during the scheduled class period and also to provide individualized assistance during the evening support period.  The six students who were selected to participate in the program this year expressed their gratitude for opportunities to not only assist other students, but to also receive teaching tips from their faculty mentors.  The six peer teaching students were Jeressia Lake (Engineering Mathematics), Nicole Lilly (Biology), Courtney Mosley (Biology), Joshua Charley (Engineering Mathematics), Jamian Smith (Engineering Mathematics) and Tyshaun Colter (Engineering Mathematics).

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