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Link2Success to Enrich Freshman Learning Experience​​​ 

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 6, 2013Anyelin 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, Aug. 26.

Roche 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.

“I 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.”

CAPTION GOES HERE ALSO Anyelin Roche will work with incoming freshmen as an L2S tutor coordinator.

L2S 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.

“High 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 Martinez, 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.”

The 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.

“L2S 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.”

James 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.”

Joining L2S are new programs implementing study tools through Khan Academy, the use of iPads in select classes, and the Insight Portal software for Academic Advising to use in assisting students map out their semesters, their years and their career goals.​

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.

For more information on initiatives to support student success, contact the Learning Enrichment Center at 956-882-8208 or visit Learning Enrichment Center.

Previously published articles on UTB learning initiatives:

University 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

 

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