Learning Assistance

Exceptional students are drawn to Rensselaer in part by our rigorous education standards.  ALAC offers many services to help you meet your academic goals effectively:

  • Tutoring services cover course-specific material in interactive group sessions for many undergraduate core courses, with an emphasis on first-year and second-year classes.
  • Learning support includes individual academic coaching by professional staff on organizational skills, time management, learning strategies, and similar topics critical to academic success. ALAC’s full range of learning assistance helps students start well, stay focused, and succeed in their academic adventure. Contact us at 518.276.6269 for more details about services.  We are here to help.
  • ARCH - TA Resources - TA Office Hours Listed below Tutor Schedule 

 

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Tutoring Services

Tutoring services cover course-specific material in interactive group sessions for many undergraduate core courses, with an emphasis on first-year and second-year classes in the schools of science and engineering.

Drop-in tutoring provides opportunities for undergraduates to review class material with graduate and undergraduate tutors proficient in the course topics.  The goal is to help students become independent learners by having tutors guide them through solving practice problems while demonstrating strategies for exploring a topic.  Their role is not to provide answers, but rather to help students understand questions and identify methods for solving them.

Drop-In Tutoring Schedule - 

During the fall, spring, and summer semesters Drop-in tutoring sessions are offered for selected courses in the schools of science and engineering.  During the summer semesters some courses may be scheduled on an Individual/Small Group basis. 

  • If you need assistance with a 1000-level or 2000-level course that is NOT listed below - please contact Sharon McGrath at mcgras@rpi.edu - please note the course number and course title. 
  • If you need assistance with a 4000-level course we will try our best to locate a tutor however, there is no guarantee that one will be found. In such cases we highly recommend that you seek additional assistance from your professor or TA. 
  • IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A TUTOR PLEASE CONTACT Sharon McGrath as mcgras@rpi.edu 

 

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                       PRESIDENT'S DAY HOLIDAY TUTOR SCHEDULE 

  • Sun. Feb. 18  – NO TUTORING SESSIONS – THIS INCLUDES DCC AND ECAV
  • Mon. Feb. 19 – NO TUTORING SESSIONS – THIS INCLUDES DCC AND ECAV
  • ******** TUES. Feb 20   DROP IN SESSIONS WILL FOLLOW A MONDAY SCHEDULE

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** PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO DROP IN SESSIONS IN ECAV TUES. FEB. 20TH **

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                            PLEASE CHECK DAILY FOR UPDATES 

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COURSE SCHEDULE
BIOL 1010 Biology SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
BIOL 1010 Biology MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
BIOL 1010 Biology WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
BIOL 2120 Cell Biology SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
BIOL 2120 Cell Biology MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
BIOL 2120 Cell Biology WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
BMED 2540 - BIOMECHANICS SUN. 3 pm - 5 pm - DCC 235
BMED 2540 - BIOMECHANICS WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
CHEM 1100 Chem I SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
CHEM 1100 Chem I MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
CHEM 1100 Chem I WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
CHEM 1200 Chem II SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
CHEM 1200 Chem II MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
CHEM 1200 Chem II WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
CSCI 1100 Comp Sci I SUN. 3 pm - 5 pm - DCC 236
CSCI 1100 Comp Sci I SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
CSCI 1100 Comp Sci I MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
CSCI 1100 Comp Sci I MON. 8 pm - 10 pm Lally 102
CSCI 1100 Comp Sci I TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm Lally 102
CSCI 1100 Comp Sci I WED. 8 pm - 10 pm Lally 102
CSCI 1100 Comp Sci I THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm Lally 102
CSCI 1200 DS SUN. 3 pm - 5 pm - DCC 236
CSCI 1200 DS SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
CSCI 1200 DS MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
CSCI 1200 DS MON. 8 pm - 10 pm Lally 102
CSCI 1200 DS TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm Lally 102
CSCI 1200 DS WED. 8 pm - 10 pm Lally 102
CSCI 1200 DS THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm Lally 102
CSCI 2300 Intro Algorithms SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 1100 IEA SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 1100 IEA MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 1100 IEA MON. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 1100 IEA TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 1100 IEA WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 1100 IEA WED. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 1100 IEA THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 1200 CAD SUN. 3 pm - 5 pm - DCC 239
ENGR 1200 CAD SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 1200 CAD MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 1200 CAD MON. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 1200 CAD TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 1200 CAD WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 1200 CAD WED. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 1200 CAD THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 1600 Matl Science SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 1600 Matl Science WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 2090 Engr. Dyn SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 2090 Engr. Dyn TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 2090 Engr. Dyn WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 2090 Engr. Dyn WED. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 2090 Engr. Dyn THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 2530 SOM SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 2530 SOM MON. 7 pm- 9 pm ECAV Harkness
ENGR 2530 SOM MON. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 2530 SOM TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 2530 SOM WED. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 2530 SOM THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 2600 MAU TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 2600 MAU WED. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
ENGR 2600 MAU THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
MANE 2110 Numpe SUN. 3 pm - 5 pm - DCC 239
MANE 2110 Numpe SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
MANE 2110 Numpe TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
MANE 2110 Numpe THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
MANE 2710 Thermodynamics SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
MANE 2710 Thermodynamics MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
MANE 2710 Thermodynamics MON. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
MANE 2710 Thermodynamics THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 239
MANE 2720 Fluid mech SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 1010 Calc I SUN. 3 pm - 5 pm - DCC 235
MATH 1010 Calc I SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 1010 Calc I MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 1010 Calc I MON. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 235
MATH 1010 Calc I TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 235
MATH 1010 Calc I WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 1010 Calc I WED. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 235
MATH 1010 Calc I THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 235
MATH 1020 Calc II SUN. 3 pm - 5 pm - DCC 232
MATH 1020 Calc II SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 1020 Calc II MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 1020 Calc II MON. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 232
MATH 1020 Calc II TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 232
MATH 1020 Calc II WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 1020 Calc II WED. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 232
MATH 1020 Calc II THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 232
MATH 2010 Multivar Calc SUN. 3 pm - 5 pm - DCC 235
MATH 2010 Multivar Calc SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 2010 Multivar Calc MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 2010 Multivar Calc MON. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 235
MATH 2010 Multivar Calc TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 235
MATH 2010 Multivar Calc WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 2010 Multivar Calc WED. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 235
MATH 2010 Multivar Calc THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 235
MATH 2400 Intro Diff Eq SUN. 3 pm - 5 pm - DCC 235
MATH 2400 Intro Diff Eq SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 2400 Intro Diff Eq MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 2400 Intro Diff Eq MON. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 235
MATH 2400 Intro Diff Eq TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 235
MATH 2400 Intro Diff Eq WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
MATH 2400 Intro Diff Eq WED. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 235
MATH 2400 Intro Diff Eq THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 235
PHYS 1100 Phys I SUN. 3 pm - 5 pm DCC 236
PHYS 1100 Phys I SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
PHYS 1100 Phys I MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
PHYS 1100 Phys I MON. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 236
PHYS 1100 Phys I TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 236
PHYS 1100 Phys I WED. 8 pm - 10 pm ECAV Harkness
PHYS 1100 Phys I WED. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 236
PHYS 1100 Phys I THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 236
PHYS 1200 Phys II SUN. 6 pm - 8 pm ECAV Harkness
PHYS 1200 Phys II MON. 7 pm - 9 pm ECAV Harkness
PHYS 1200 Phys II MON. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 236
PHYS 1200 Phys II TUES. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 236
PHYS 1200 Phys II WED. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 236
PHYS 1200 Phys II THURS. 8 pm - 10 pm DCC 236

 

 

ARCH TA RESOURCES

ARCH TA Resources

DEPT Course # Course Title First Last Email Instructor Start END Location
BCBP/BIOL/CHEM 4760-01 Molecular Biochemistry I, crosslisted BCBP/BIOL/CHEM  Kristen Hewes hewesk@rpi.edu Fraser 4:00 PM ? DCC 345-14
BIOL 1010-01 Introduction to Biology and Lab  Krishyra Mitchell mitchk6@rpi.edu Ramanath/Shablovsky 4:00 PM ? DCC 345-16
BIOL 4200-01 BIOSTATISTICS Brown  Alon browna19@rpi.edu Stetler 4:00 PM ? DCC 345-15
BIOL 4730-01 Molecular Biology Lab (6 CR)  Cameron Plowinske plowic@rpi.edu   3:00 PM ? DCC 345-17
CHEM 1100-01 Chemistry I Andrea Chemistry   Ma 4:00 PM 5:00 PM DCC 345-13
CHME 2050-01 INTRO TO COMPUTATIONAL CHEME Andreas Rebmann rebmaa@rpi.edu Baysal 4:00 PM 6:00 PM DCC 232
CHME 2050-01 INTRO TO COMPUTATIONAL CHEME Mrunal Sontakke sontam@rpi.edu Baysal 4:00 PM 6:00 PM DCC 232
CHME 4020-01 TRANSPORT PHENOMENA II Aditi Dey Tithi tithia@rpi.edu Plawsky/Woodcock 4:00 PM 6:00 PM DCC 235
CHME 4020-01 TRANSPORT PHENOMENA II Sandhya Maheshkumar appias@rpi.edu Plawsky/Woodcock 4:00 PM 6:00 PM DCC 235
CSCI 1100-01 Computer Science I Danqi Jiang   Mushtaque/Hulbert 4:00 PM 8:00 PM 324
CSCI 1100-02 Computer Science I Yi Xu   Mushtaque/Hulbert 4:00 PM 8:00 PM 324
CSCI 2600-01, 02 Principals of Software Aashi Gupta   Kuzmin/Hulbert 4:00 PM 8:00 PM 324
ECSE 2010-01 ELECTRIC CIRCUITS Anik Saha sahaa@rpi.edu Sawyer 4:00 PM 6:00 PM DCC 239
ECSE 2110-01 ELECTRICAL ENERGY SYSTEMS Md Shamimul Shamimul Islam islamm7@rpi.edu Neti 4:00 PM 6:00 PM DCC 239
ECSE 2410-01 SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS Anmol Dwivedi dwivea2@rpi.edu Neti 4:00 PM ? DCC 345-5
ECSE 2500-01 ENGINEERING PROBABILITY Mohaiminul Al Nahian alnahm@rpi.edu Krueger 6:00 PM 7:00 PM DCC 232
ECSE 2500-01 ENGINEERING PROBABILITY Mahfuz Ullah ullahm@rpi.edu Krueger 4:00 PM 6:00 PM DCC 345-6
ECSE 2660-01 COMP ARCHITECTURE & NETWORKS Sombuddha Chatterjee chatts4@rpi.edu Rees 4:00 PM 6:00 PM DCC 345-10
ENGR 2050-06 INTRO ENGR DESIGN  Anmol Dwivedi dwivea2@rpi.edu Oakes/Allard ? ?  
ENGR 2090-01 ENGINEERING DYNAMICS Haonong Du duh3@rpi.edu Taylor 6:00 PM 8:00 PM DCC 330
ENGR 2090-02 ENGINEERING DYNAMICS Peiyuan Zhou zhoup2@rpi.edu Taylor 4:00 PM 6:00 PM DCC 345-3
ENGR 2300-01 ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTATION  Mohaimunul Al Nahlan alnahm@rpi.edu Moldonado ? ?  
ENGR 2530-01 STRENGTH OF MATERIALS Fairooj Ta-seen taseef@rpi.edu El-Shafee/Ozisik ? ?  
ENGR 2600-01 MOD & ANALYSIS UNCERTAINTY Mary Margaret Sta. Cruz stacrm@rpi.edu Wang 8:00 PM 10:00 PM DCC 235
ENGR 2600-03 MOD & ANALYSIS UNCERTAINTY  Anika Saha sahaa@rpi.edu Wang 4:00 PM 6:00 PM DCC 345-7
ENGR 4760-01 ENGINEERING ECONOMICS Alejandro Sepulveda sepula@rpi.edu Agca Aktun 4:00 PM 8:00 PM DCC 345-12
MANE 2220-01 INVENTOR'S STUDIO 1  Asad Shah shaha11@rpi.edu Ghosh/Sullivan/Vener 12:00 PM 2:00 PM DCC 232
MANE 2220-02 INVENTOR'S STUDIO 1  Sifat Ullah ullahs@rpi.edu Ghosh/Sullivan/Vener 2:00 PM 4:00 PM DCC 232
MANE 2720-01, 02 FLUID MECHANICS  Vignesh Ramakrishnan ramakv3@rpi.edu Woodcock 2:00 PM 4:00 PM DCC 330
MANE 4030-01 ELEMENTS OF MECH DESIGN  Ruixiong Hu hur3@rpi.edu Stockton 12:00 PM 2:00 PM DCC 330
MANE 4030-02 ELEMENTS OF MECH DESIGN  Md Rashef Mahbub mahbum@rpi.edu Stockton 12:00 PM 2:00 PM DCC 330
MANE 4060-01 AEROSPACE STRUC & MATERIALS  Sikharin Pranompont pranos@rpi.edu Panneersel 12:00 PM 1:00 PM DCC 239
MANE 4070-01 AERODYNAMICS I  Sharanjeet Kaur kaurs3@rpi.edu Housley 12:00 PM 4:00 PM DCC 235
MANE 4070-02 AERODYNAMICS I  Kaushik Nallan nallak@rpi.edu Housley 12:00 PM 4:00 PM DCC 235
MANE 4240-01 INTRO TO FINITE ELEMENTS  Soha Yusuf yusufs@rpi.edu Panneersel 12:00 PM 1:00 PM DCC 236
MANE 4500-01, 02 MODELING AND CONTRL OF DYN SYS  Kyle Warns warnsk@rpi.edu Repolho Ca 2:00 PM 3:30 PM DCC 236
MANE 4730-01 HEAT TRANSFER  Hannah Arnow arnowh@rpi.edu Borca-Tasciuc 1:00 PM 3:00 PM DCC 239
MGMT 1100-01 MANAGEMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE Avnish Grover grovea@rpi.edu Ballinger 4:00 PM 5:30 PM DCC 345-1
MGMT 2320-01 MANAGERIAL FINANCE Sai Palepu paleps@rpi.edu Clark 4:00 PM 5:30 PM DCC 345-4
MGMT 4140-01 COMPUTER INFO SYSTEMS Justin Oparaugo oparaj@rpi.edu McKinney 4:00 PM 6:00 PM DCC 345-9
MGMT 4850-01 ORG BEHAVIOR IN HIGH PERF ORG Daniel Ferreria ferred3@rpi.edu Hirsa 4:00 PM 5:30 PM DCC 345-11
MTLE 2500-01 Materials Laboratory Skills Varad Mahajani mahajv2@rpi.edu Lewis ? ?  
MTLE 4250-01 Mechanical Properties of Mtls  Varad Mahajani mahajv2@rpi.edu Ozisik ? ?  
PHYS 1200-01 PHYSICS II Quy Tuan Viet Tran tranq@rpi.edu Kim 4:00 PM 6:00 PM DCC 345-2
STSO 4100-01, 02, 03 PD 2: TECH ISSUES & SOLUTIONS Jackson Anderson anderj15@rpi.edu Hoffman ? ?  
STSO 4100-04, 05, 06 PD 2: TECH ISSUES & SOLUTIONS Adelle Hamilton hamila3@rpi.edu Hirsa 4:00 PM 5:00 PM DCC 345-8
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Learning Support

The Rensselaer academic experience brings many new and exciting challenges to some of the finest young minds in the world.  For such students, high school work may have been easy, with no need to study or to think about how to study.  The more challenging college curriculum, though, may require learning new skills to adapt to the new circumstances.  Academic support is also available for students referred by Rensselaer’s Office of Disability Services.

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ALEKS New Pilot Math Tutoring Program

What is ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces)?  

ALEKS is an AI online program to help students prepare for Rensselaer’s Calculus 1. ALEKS develops an individualized program based the student’s math skills.  

The first step: Assessment

Students take the Initial Knowledge Check (IKC) of 25 questions that takes 60-90 minutes to complete. After the IKC, the students can view their strengths and weaknesses and begin to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics, including trigonometry, linear functions, Vectors, Algebraic expressions, etc.

ALEKS Prep for Calculus at RPI:

  • Is a pilot program for a selected number of entering first year students
  • Has an Initial Knowledge Check
  • Provides Individualized Prep and Learning Modules that are self-paced

To complete the program and be better prepared for the fall semester, we will ask a selected number of participants to be involved in SIX-week math preparatory learning modules from end of June through August. What you need to know:

  • ALEKS Program will strengthen, and refresh knowledge needed for Fall
  • At Rensselaer, students cannot use calculators in their math classes
  • SIX weeks starts when the student hits “Select;”
  • The student’s commitment would be 4-5 hours per week for six weeks
  • Once the student starts the program, individualized work module and prompts will be given to help students through problems sets and encourage completion
  • Participants who complete 80%+ of the program will be put into a lottery for a $400 gift card to the RPI bookstore
  • ALAC and RPI’s Chatbot #Puckman will reach out to students periodically to encourage and troubleshoot any problems with the program

Due to the loss in math skills nationally over the pandemic years, Rensselaer has noticed an impact on our students’ knowledge level and recall of preparatory material for Calculus 1. Since math classes do not allow calculators, crib sheets or any other aids when taking a quiz or exams it is extremely important students can recall and use concepts from Pre-Calculus. Rensselaer wants to help students strengthen those skills by giving them an opportunity to practice and review topics. It is designed to help students regain that knowledge and succeed academically in the long run.

FAQ   

Who will be identified for ALEKS Prep for Calculus?

The Undergraduate Education Office will work with Admissions to select the students who would most benefit to participate in the program. 

How long it will take to complete the program?

The program will be active for 6 weeks, and for the best practice, you can expect 4-5 hours of commitment per week. We strongly encourage you to practice and complete tasks weekly to successfully complete the program.

How long do I have access to my Prep and Learning Module?

You will have 6 weeks of access to your Prep and Learning module. Access to the prep course will not begin until you select start on the top of your screen. DO NOT select into the Prep and Learning Module until you are ready to start working.  

When do I take the ALEKS PPL Assessment?

ALEKS will be open on June 26, 2023. Designated students will receive instructions on how to sign up and start the ALEKS PPL Assessment.

Is there a fee for using ALEKS PPL? It is FREE!

Do I need to install any software or plug-ins prior to taking the ALEKS Placement Assessment? No. There are no required plug-ins or applets required with your use of ALEKS. As long as you have access to the internet and are using an updated browser, you should not experience difficulties in accessing ALEKS.  For a list of preferred browsers, please review the ALEKS system requirements on their support site: http://www.aleks.com/support/system_requirements 

What are ALEKS Knowledge Checks? While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete a Knowledge Check to make sure you have mastered the topics you gained in Learning Mode. If you do not show mastery during the Knowledge Check, the topics will be added back into your Learning Pie so you can review them again.    

Technical Support 

What do I do if my web browser gets stuck or my computer crashes while I'm working in ALEKS? Simply close the browser, or log out and log back in. ALEKS will resume exactly where you left off, with no loss of your previous answers. 

Where can I get help with ALEKS? 

http://www.aleks.com/faqs/technical 

http://support.aleks.com/assess_placement  

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Remote Learning

Here you will find exectuive functioning information and tips that can help you during your online learning. 

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Learning Assistant Program

The Learning Assistant (LA) is a Rensselaer student who is responsible for assisting first-year students in becoming active, independent and successful learners.  LA's are assigned to a specific residence hall where they reside and assume responsibility for interacting frequently with the residents of that hall and providing academic-related programs, information and assistance. The LA provides a direct academic support service and acts as a liaison between Advising and Learning Assistance Center and their undergraduates.