Math Help Centre
What is the Math Help Centre?
The Math Help Centre offers free peer academic support for undergraduate students for many of the quantitative focused Bachelor of Commerce core courses.
The Math Help Centre will begin sessions for the Spring term on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Please visit the Brightspace for more information and to review the schedule for the Spring 2021 term. Note that academic support will be offered only for MGSC 1205, MGSC 1206 an MGSC 2207.
How can the Math Help Centre help me?
Peer Academic Leaders are students who have previously done well in the course and act as model students. A Peer Academic Leader works with students to increase their confidence and comprehension of important course concepts and help enhance student learning by modelling good study habits and encouraging students to learn from each other. Peer Academic Leaders do not re-teach or lecture, rather they help students learn study habits and how to study in the course. Peer academic support also encourages student success through connecting with peers in your program, learning good study habits and learning important skills to help with your success in the BComm program.
What courses can I get support for?
Currently, the BComm courses where support is offered include:
- MGSC 1205 - Quantitative Methods I
- MGSC 1206 - Quantiative Methods II
- MGSC 2207 - Introductory Statistics
- FINA 2360 - Business Finance I
- FINA 3361 - Business Finance II
- All Economics
How do I use the Math Help Centre?
Students will have access to Peer Study Sessions as well as Virtual Study Hall for the above courses for the duration of the academic term.
Virtual Study Hall (VSH) is an opportunity for students to meet with a Peer Academic Leader (PAL) online to work on their own course work and request help from a PAL where needed. VSH also provides an opportunity to interact with other students to share knowledge and support peers. Virtual Study Hall will also provide students with access to a Peer Academic Leader to provide additional academic support related to a specific course. Students can review the schedule for the course they would like to attend.
Peer Study Sessions (PSS) are an opportunity for students to attend a facilitated session to review important concepts covered in a specific course and an opportunity to work on problem solving in a group setting. Students are expected to attend the Peer Study Session from beginning to end. The first hour is typically spent reviewing concepts covered that week or week prior by the course instructor and the second hour is used as an opportunity to work on problem solving activities. At times, these sessions may also be used as review sessions for tests and exams. Peer Study Sessions will provide students with access to a Peer Academic Leader (PAL) to provide academic support related to a specific course as well as an opportunity for students to interact with each other to share knowledge and support peers.
How do I access the Math Help Centre?
A Brightspace course has been created to support the Math Help Centre in a virtual environment. All sessions will be accessed through Virtual Classroom on the Math Help Centre Brightspace. The Math Help Centre is available for anyone to self register through SMU Brightspace. Follow these instructions to self register in the Math Help Centre.
What will I find on the Math Help Centre Brightspace?
Students will find the following on Brightspace:
- Links to Virtual Classroom Meetings for each course throughout the week. These can be found in the upcoming events or Virtual Classroom menu.
- How to guides for Virtual Study Hall and Group Study Sessions.
- Math Help Centre Schedules for each course.
- Peer Academic Leader information.
- Resources for academic success.
- Resources for academic and personal support at SMU.
How do I become a Peer Academic Leader?
About the role:
Peer Academic Leaders provide academic support to undergraduate students in various formats inclduing guided peer academic study sessions and drop-in one-on-one tutoring offered via Virtual Study Halls. All formats will be held on a virtual platform in Fall 2020-Winter 2021 academic year.
As a Peer Academic Leader, you will work with students to increase their confidence and comprehension of important course concepts and help enhance student learning by modelling good study habits and encouraging students to learn from each other. Some examples of providing academic support include assignment review, practice problems, problem solving strategies, test preparation, and encouraging independent learning.
Peer Academic Leader positions are merit-based, and students are compensated for their time and effort via an hourly wage. Peer Academic Leaders are expected to work, on average, four hours a week with sometime required to prepare for group study sessions. Training will be provided for Peer Academic Leaders to help them understand the role, how to use the technology required, and how to interact with students.
Why become a Peer Academic Leader?
Becoming a Peer Academic Leader in the BComm program can provide students with the opportunity to:
- Support a positive teaching and learning experience for your peers.
- Receive training in student leadership and peer support.
- Develop and enhance your leadership skills and grow your CV.
- Support and participate in the Sobey School of Business community.
- Apply your skills and knowledge in a learning environment.
- Engage with faculty and professional staff in a meaningful way.
Am I qualified?
Peer Academic Leader positions are typically assigned to current undergraduate students within the program. They will need to have completed and normally achieved a minimum grade of A- in the courses that they assist and have an overall CGPA of a 3.50 or higher.
How to apply:
Students can apply for Peer Academic Leader positions using the link below:
Peer Academic Leader Application Form *Positions have been filled for the Fall 2020-Winter 2021 academic year, but we encourage anyone interested to apply for subsequent terms.
*Applying does not guarantee a Peer Academic Leader position. Successful candidates will be contacted. Applicants will need to use their Saint Mary’s University email to apply.
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