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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
October 26, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Job Description



Study Skills & SI Centre Student Employees

REPORTING TO

  • Manager, Study Skills and Supplemental Instruction Centre (SSC)

DEADLINE

  • Applications are collected year round but must be submitted prior to the requested interview date.
  • Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is hired; there is no set end date.

INTERVIEWS
  • Interviews are conducted throughout the week on a mutually acceptable day and time. The majority of interviews are conducted within the Study Skills & S.I. Centre in 1C14 (Arts C-wing). Candidates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. Interviews by Skype will be considered for those candidates living more than 50 kilometers from the Laurier Waterloo campus.

DECISIONS
  • Candidates will be contacted through their myLaurier email address. Contact will normally occur within six weeks of the interview. Candidates are always welcome to contact the Manager via email (study@wlu.ca) for updates.

TRAINING
  • All student employees undergo training either during the last week of August or the first week of January depending on the term they are being employed for.
  • Training may consist of both on-line training modules and in-person group training as well as a practicum.
  • Training is approximately:
    • 21 hours for Learning Tutors and Academic Mentors.
    • 22 hours for S.I. Assistants and 25 hours for Research S.I. Assistants.
    • 27 hours for PASS Peer Assistants.
  • Training is paid for.
  • On going term mentoring is provided.

START DATE
  • Student employees will begin work during the first week of classes.

OTHER
  • Time commitment ranges between eight (8) and twelve (12) hours per week.
  • Rate of pay starts between $17 and $19.50 (CDN) per hour paid out according to university procedures.
    • Returning student employees receive a $0.25 raise for each term they work for the SSC to a maximum of $19.25 to $20.75 per hour based on duties and responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Third or fourth year undergraduate student is preferred.
    • Second year undergraduates will be considered.
    • Graduate students may not apply.
  • An overall GPA of 9.0 or above (on a 12.0 scale) is required.
    • S.I. Assistants and PASS Peer Assistants must also have a course grade of A- (10.0) or above in the courses they wish to be assigned to.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, and group facilitation skills are required.
  • Be capable of working independently and as a part of a team.
  • Must be empathetic to student needs, responsible, and self-confident.
  • Current enrolment as a Laurier University student (full-time or part-time).
  • Knowledge of presentation software (e.g. Microsoft PowerPoint) is an asset.
  • Position Specifics:
    • Learning Tutors must be in an honours program within a supported faculty.
    • Aboriginal Academic Mentors must have an understanding of the Aboriginal cultures, as well as related groups and services. Familiarity and/or experience with Laurier's Aboriginal Student Centre is an asset.
    • Athlete Academic Mentors must be a varsity student athlete.
    • S.I. Assistants and PASS Peer Assistants must be competent in the content of the course they wish to be assigned to. Course discipline majors or minors are preferred.

DUTIES
  • Attend training prior to the beginning of each term where you will be trained/refreshed in learning strategies, study skills, collaborative learning techniques, and facilitation skills.
  • Work with the Manager or his representative to select appropriate times and scheduling of duties.
  • Complete necessary paperwork.
  • Assisting the Manager or his representative in planning, promoting, and delivering SSC programming.
  • Maintain regular working hours.
  • Weekly Duties:
    • Academic Mentors
      • Facilitate homework sessions / study halls to assist students in their learning development and course requirement completion.
      • Provide peer consultations with students seeking assistance with their learning strategies and study skills.
      • Develop varied and engaging learning plans and activities to meet program learning objectives and outcomes.
      • Prepare and facilitate learning strategies and study skills workshops.
      • Create, photocopy, and provide handouts for use during workshops.
      • Collect attendance and consultation data and insert these data into a database.
    • Learning Strategist Assistant
      • Assists Learning Strategists with the development, implementation, delivery, and administration of student success programs.
      • Create, photocopy, and provide handouts for use during student success programs.
      • Collect attendance and consultation data and insert these data into a database.
      • Assist learning strategists as needed.
    • PASS Peer Assistants
      • Attend all lectures for the course they are assigned to.
      • Ascertain course requirements, create a term learning plan, and maintain contact throughout the term with course professors or their designated representative.
      • Develop varied and engaging learning plans and activities to meet program learning objectives and outcomes.
      • Prepare and facilitate weekly mandatory PASS sessions that integrate learning strategies instruction and application into the learning of course content.
      • Provide instruction on academic advising, career development, and financial literacy skills to enhance the first-year transition experience.
      • Create, photocopy, and provide handouts for use during sessions.
      • Collect attendance and consultation data and insert these data into a database.
      • Attend weekly training sessions on academic advising, career development, and financial literacy skills.
    • S.I. Assistants
      • Attend all lectures for the course they are assigned to.
      • Ascertain course requirements, create a term learning plan, and maintain contact throughout the term with course professors or their designated representative.
      • Develop varied and engaging learning plans and activities to meet program learning objectives and outcomes.
      • Prepare and facilitate weekly S.I. sessions that integrate learning strategies instruction and application into the learning of course content. (Often thought of as an advanced study sessions.)
      • Create, photocopy, and provide handouts for use during sessions.
      • Provide peer consultations with students seeking assistance with course content.
      • Collect attendance and consultation data and insert these data into a database.
    • Research S.I. Assistant
      • Attend all lectures for the course they are assigned to.
      • Ascertain course requirements, create a term learning plan, and maintain contact throughout the term with course professors or their designated representative.
      • Develop varied and engaging learning plans and activities to meet program learning objectives and outcomes.
      • Prepare and facilitate weekly S.I. sessions that integrate learning strategies instruction and application into the learning of course content. (Often thought of as an advanced study sessions.)
      • Integrate research strategies instruction and application into the preparation of the course's major written assignment(s).
      • Create, photocopy, and provide handouts for use during sessions.
      • Provide peer consultations with students seeking assistance with course content.
      • Collect attendance and consultation data and insert these data into a database.
    • Virtual S.I. Assistants
      • This is a pilot program for the 2014/2015 academic year in first-year Business and Chemistry and is funded by the Student Life Levy
      • Attend all lectures for the course they are assigned to.
      • Ascertain course requirements, create a term learning plan, and maintain contact throughout the term with course professors or their designated representative.
      • Develop varied and engaging online learning plans and activities to meet program learning objectives and outcomes.
      • Prepare and facilitate weekly synchronous online S.I. sessions that integrate learning strategies instruction and application into the learning of course content. (Often thought of as an advanced study sessions.)
      • Create and provide electronic handouts for use during online sessions.
      • Provide asynchronous electronic peer consultations with students seeking assistance with course content.
      • Collect attendance and consultation data and insert these data into a database.
      • Convert synchronous S.I. sessions into asynchronous learning modules for deployment on myHelpSpace.
  • Provide extra workshops and sessions as necessary (e.g., prior to examinations).
  • Market your program using the appropriate medium in consultation with the Manager.
  • Maintain a professional attitude about matters such as student complaints and academic integrity.
  • Model appropriate professional attitude and behaviours to faculty, staff, students, and others.
  • Regularly meet with the Manager or his representative for debrief sessions.
    • Discuss the planning of workshops, sessions, and the use of a wide variety of learning strategies and collaborative learning techniques.
    • Ensure that program objectives and outcomes are being met.
    • Notify the Manager about problems or potential problems.
    • Notify the Manager or his representative in advance if you cannot conduct your duties as scheduled.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Manager or his representative.

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