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Peer-Leader Training

All ASLA peer leaders take part in a comprehensive initial orientation, and engage in ongoing professional development and regular interactive staff meetings throughout their peer-leader experience. Training activities address group facilitation and communication, student learning, inclusion, and more.

Peer leaders in the Peer-Guided Study Group program take SESP 291. This two-quarter, 0.5-credit course is designed to help peer leaders
  • gain practical facilitation skills;
  • become familiar with, and critically engage with, learning theory and research, and bring this knowledge into their mentoring;
  • gain knowledge of the dynamics of small groups, and bring this knowledge into their mentoring; and
  • reflect on facilitation practice and develop self-evaluation skills.

The course integrates three essential components of learning — academic knowledge, “on-the-job” training, and engagement with a learning community — to create a unique learning experience at Northwestern.

Students who exceed 5.5 credits because of enrollment in SESP 291 do not incur an additional tuition charge.