On Peer-Teaching

Learning as a teamTeaching others to help them understand has been something that I enjoy doing. I became an Organic Chemistry Workshop Leader during the Fall semester of my third year of university (August to December 2010). As a workshop leader, my responsibilities consisted of the following:

  • Facilitated a productive learning environment for students to communicate ideas to solve problems.
  • Provided on-hand guidance to students to enrich their learning of Organic Chemistry.
  • Provided additional information (i.e. study tips) beyond the core requirements.

Although these duties are similar to those of a tutor, the basic goal was to have the students come up with the solutions to the problems themselves instead of having me lecture. This process is based on the theory of Peer Led Team Learning, in which students who have previously done well in a specific course can become leaders to successfully guide fellow students through a difficult course and encourage personal growth and motivation. Continue reading