TEXAS – AUG. 6, 2013 – Anyelin Roche, a senior Spanish education major at The University of Texas at Brownsville,
is among the eight tutoring coordinators selected to work with the launch of Link2Success, or
“L2S,” when the fall semester begins on Monday,
has been a student employee since entering UTB. She worked in the Learning Enrichment
math lab for two years and then became a supplemental instruction leader
coordinating math tutors for a year.
have enjoyed being a tutor in the math enrichment lab,” said Roche, who moved
to Brownsville from Cuba in 2007. “As an L2S coordinator, I feel I will be able
to use my experience working with the tutors to help students on a larger
scale. L2S is a great concept, and I feel it will be the key for many students
to get through their freshman year successfully.”
Anyelin Roche will work with incoming freshmen as an L2S tutor coordinator.
is among several new initiatives being put into place to assist freshmen leap
over the first-year hurdles that often result in students’ dropping, withdrawing
or failing a course. Historically, the stumbling blocks are courses taken
during the first year out of high school: Composition I and II, History I
and II, College Algebra and Contemporary Mathematics.
drop/withdraw/fail, ‘DWF,’ rates in the first year are troubling; this is something
we have seen not just locally but across the nation, which tells us that
students are coming into college unprepared,” said Dr. Javier
Dean of the College
of Liberal Arts.
“The burden falls upon us as universities to help them hone and develop their
skills that are vital not only to their success in college but their success in
careers and lives in general.”
L2S initiative is built upon research that shows students benefit when they
work closely with each other and peer tutors. Simply put, L2S consists of study
sessions built into the course schedules for the high DWF classes. These core
classes – history, composition and math – are followed immediately by their
respective tutoring labs.
offers a more robust classroom ecology,” Martinez said. “We have the instructor
leading the course and working with students, tutors working with students and
students working with each other. All that interaction leads to active, engaged
learning. We have seen student participation increase when working together.”
Walker is eager to begin his work as an L2S coordinator. He worked as a tutor
as an undergraduate at UTB.
“My interactions with students have taught me
that people are capable of amazing feats if they are provided with the right
kind of guidance, encouragement and respect,” said Walker who earned his
bachelor’s degree in English in 2012. “I’ve also come to understand that
getting an education isn’t just about what you know but how you handle what you
don’t know, and the ability to turn a negative into a positive extends far
beyond the classroom.”
L2S are new programs implementing study tools through Khan Academy, the use of
iPads in select classes, and the Insight Portal software for Academic
to use in assisting students map out their semesters, their years and their
Link2Success will serve about 1,640 students per
semester; projections estimate a minimum of 56 students to be hired as peer
tutors for the fall 2013 semester.
more information on initiatives to support student success, contact the
Learning Enrichment Center at 956-882-8208 or visit Learning Enrichment
published articles on UTB learning initiatives:
Partners with Khan Academy to Prepare Students in Mathematics
Apple iPads to be introduced as
Learning Tool in Select Fall Classes at UTB
Summer Program Helps Students Cross the Bridge from
High School to College