Tutoring & Academic Success Center

Structured Learning Assistance (SLA)


Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) in English 101

Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) courses provide support much in the same way as Supplemental Instruction with two main differences:

SLA courses reviews sessions are built into the course; much like a lab session is built into a science course. When you enroll in a SLA-supported course, you also enroll in the SLA review session, but at extra cost.

SLA courses have an attendance policy for the review sessions. All students attend the SLA sessions at the beginning of the term. Continued attendance becomes mandatory for students who are below the expected performance goal as set by the course instructor.

However, the SLA courses have an attendance policy. The faculty member sets the baseline grade for student performance. For the classes that are SLA supported at CSU, the average baseline grade has been 70%. This means that students receiving a grade of 70% or lower are required to attend the SLA sessions. Attendance is voluntary for those scoring above the baseline grade. At first, all students are required to attend. The sessions are worked into their schedules, like a lab. The faculty member must assess the students within the first week of class. From that point forward there should be several assessments given. Attendance at sessions will vary from assessment to assessment.

Rationale: Collaborative learning promotes critical thinking through discussion, clarification of ideas, and evaluation of others' ideas. The SI and SLA programs focus on encouraging students to work with their classmates (a method which is proved to be 2.5 times more efficient than studying alone).