Improve your grades and build your confidence. Become a critical thinker as you participate in Supplemental Learning (SL) and match what you need to learn, with how best to learn it.
Supplemental Learning Sessions will begin on Monday, September 16. The 2019W Schedule is forthcoming.
Supplemental Learning is a free co-curricular academic service that supports over 30 of UBC Okanagan’s most challenging courses. As a non-remedial approach available to all students enrolled in selected courses, weekly peer-facilitated study sessions are offered to help you:
- Gain a more in depth understanding of your course content
- Meet students from your class in a small group format
- Maximize your study time through fun and collaborative activities
- Build and test your knowledge before you write an exam
SL session are facilitated by trained undergraduate students known as “SL Leaders”, who have successfully taken the course before, who re-attend lectures, and act as a role model.
Supplemental Learning (SL) has become one of the most popular ways to learn on campus. When you come to an SL session, you will encounter a welcoming and inclusive environment. Since SL sessions are collaborative, you should expect to work in small groups, but don’t worry.
SL is a low stakes environment, so feel free to ask questions, be confused, or make mistakes. Although the leader may not directly answer a question you ask, they will use facilitation strategies to help you find the answer yourself, which in the long run will be more beneficial to your learning.
SL Leaders are students themselves and are prepared to share with you what they have learned over the years about how to study. They are competent students have previously taken the course. They know the course content, have done well in the class, are recommended by the faculty, and they want to help guide you through your class experience.
Your SL Leader will be in class with you every day, hearing what you hear and reading what you read. This is how they know the important stuff to focus on in weekly SL sessions. SL Leaders love their subjects and often they have some pretty creative ideas and strategies for how to learn difficult course content.
If you attend SL sessions regularly, you’ll earn a better grade. You’ll develop a better understanding of course content and more effective ways of learning. This will help in your other classes too.
After five years of SL on-campus, we know it improves student success, increases retention in our most difficult courses, and builds student confidence. Established in over 30 courses every year, every first-year student should have access to at least one SL supported course.
Want to be an SL Leader?
Students interested in being an SL Leader should be in their second, third, or fourth year of an undergraduate degree program. Interested applicants must demonstrate:
- A high level of academic achievement, combined with excellent study skill habits
- The ability to clearly and concisely explain concepts to their peers
- Excellent communication skills and a friendly and positive attitude
- A desire to provide guidance and help others learn
Being an SL Leader is a rewarding and impactful experience. As a Leader, you will provide experience and encouragement, rather than simply providing answers.
We encourage you to tell us how we’re doing. Send us a message and let us know if you’ve had a positive experience or have suggestions for ways we can improve our programming.