Student Learning Commons: Become a Peer Educator

 

Welcome back! Student Learning Commons services are here for you -- both in-person and online.

 

There are two Peer Programs based in the SLC (Burnaby /Surrey/ Remote):  The Writing and Learning Peer Educators, and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Peer Educators.  We recruit starting in the Spring term, and usually start our Peers in the Fall term, including Fall 2021. 

The EAL Peer Educator Program is currently recruiting for Fall 2021 through the Peer Education posting on http://myinvolvement.sfu.ca. Formal recruitment has now concluded for Fall 2021 for the Writing and Learning Peer Educator program; however, we may have room for one or two more Peers.  If you are interested in joining either program, please email learning-commons@sfu.ca by July, 2021.

These peer programs allow you to develop transferable skills in the areas of client service, interpersonal skills, giving effective feedback, and cross-cultural communication, and will give you access to a professional reference as well as a semi-private study/social space in the Bennett Library.

Writing and Learning Peer Educators 

Writing and Learning Peers help their fellow students one-on-one through consultations about their writing and/or other academic strategies. We are looking for strong writers in any discipline, with at least a 3.0 GPA in relevant courses. Writing and Learning Peers develop, and hone their own academic skills in the process of reviewing others’ work.

They can earn internationally recognized tutoring certification from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).

Past Peers have indicated that the experience was useful in landing co-op positions and paid employment on campus, and in furthering their career and educational goals in diverse fields such as Law, Library and Information Science, Dentistry, Medicine, Counselling Psychology, Advocacy, Academia, K-12 Teaching, Teaching English Overseas, Post-Secondary Student Services, and many others. 

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Peers

For EAL Peers, you must be in Good Academic Standing, and we are looking primarily for students with strong interpersonal skills. EAL Peers build relationships by meeting on a weekly basis all term with individual students who are looking to build their competence and confidence in spoken English. This relationship often makes a crucial personal and academic difference in students’ lives, for example, by building students’ confidence to connect with their classmates and seek help from their TAs. The commitment is between 3-5 hours per week for two terms.

Joint Program

Each of the above programs involves a 5-hour per week commitment for 2 terms which don't need to be consecutive.  If you are interested in both programs, you have the option of participating in both of them as a Joint Program, for a total of 7 hours per week.  Just ask us!

Contact and further information

For more information about becoming a Writing and Learning Peer Educator, please contact Learning Services Coordinators Ruth Silverman (Burnaby) at rsilverm@sfu.ca or Cynthia Wright (Surrey) at cawright@sfu.ca.

For more information about becoming an EAL Peer Educator, contact EAL/ESL Coordinator Tim Mossman at tmossman@sfu.ca

The two groups of Peers at the SLC are part of the larger SFU Peer Education Program, which offers a variety of volunteer experiences for personal and professional development.  Other Peer Education programs include the Active Bystander Network, Career Peers, Health Peers, Sustainability Peers, Science and Math Peer Tutors, CMPT Peer Tutors, Public Square Peers, and the Global Engagement Student Committee.  For general information about Peer Education throughout SFU, please contact Student Engagement at involved@sfu.ca