Your instructor participates in the University's Teaching Teams Program, a peer-assisted learning program in which undergraduate students volunteer to serve as preceptors on teaching teams to provide classmates with more personal attention in high enrollment general education courses. 

WHAT IS A PRECEPTOR? Suitably qualified and motivated students enrolled in this PTYS 170A1 course are invited to participate as preceptors, or undergraduate peer assistants. Preceptors contribute to a peer support system that significantly augments the ability of the instructor and teaching assistants to help the class with assignments, research projects, collaborative learning activities, and preparations for exams. A preceptorship combines elements of an internship, an assistantship, honors work, and peer tutoring. The program gives undergraduates 3 units of academic credit in a LASC training course for serving on a teaching team to help fellow students with the course.

WHO CAN BE A PRECEPTOR? Any enthusiastic and self-motivated student qualifies; this is not an elitist program restricted to “A” students. Most preceptors will be first-time volunteers enrolled concurrently in this PTYS 170A1 course.

WHAT SKILLS ARE REQUIRED? You do not have to be a science major or a math whiz. Punctuality, reliability, and effective time management are much more important because other students will come to depend on you. Curiosity about science coupled with a desire to help fellow classmates and to get to know faculty are also very important. You will enhance your communication, leadership, and learning skills while helping classmates with their real or imagined phobias about math and science.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?  Your instructor's requirements for being a preceptor in this PTYS 170A1 course are listed below.


HOW DO I GET STARTED? If interested, schedule an appointment with your instructor to discuss details. Bring a completed Preceptor Application Packet (Application Form, Class & Work Schedule, Instructor-Preceptor Contract) to this meeting.

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