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.  Both are recruiting now for a Fall 2022 start.

Apply to the first round of recruitment by March 20 on http://myinvolvement.sfu.ca. After March 20, if you are interested in joining either program, please email learning-commons@sfu.ca.

Both 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

EAL Peers, 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, please contact learning-commons@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 such as Health Peers, Math and Science Peer Tutors, CMPT Peer Tutors, and the Active Bystander Network.  For general information about Peer Education throughout SFU, please contact Student Engagement at involved@sfu.ca