Become and Earth Sciences Student Session Leader/Tutor or Lab Aide
Increase your Earth Science expertise while also helping your peers.
If you're interested in increasing your Earth Science expertise, you have received As in your CCSF Earth Science classes, and you would like to help our current students be more successful in our classes, consider being a Lab Aide or Study Session leader (collectively known as "mentors.")
In both these roles, your main goal is to GUIDE students to the correct answers, so students can see how they either already know the answer or can find the answers themselves.
Mentor Position Descriptions
- Lab Aides assist instructors and students in the lab classes — effectively acting as teaching assistants. Our labs are always overfull of students -- and your job is to connect with the students in the class and assist them with the lab equipment, exercises, and materials. You are a guide and a motivator. We try to assign at least one lab aide to each of our lab classes. Your commitment would be 2-3 hrs per week, excluding exam weeks.
- Study Session Leaders sign up for 1-2 hrs per week depending on your schedule. Hour(s) are listed on the official study session schedule. If we schedule you as a study session leader, you must reliably show up each week at the times for which you've signed up. During those sessions, you will facilitate group work and guide students towards better study skills and better understanding of the material. You are a facilitator to students learning from each other and a tutor, as needed.
How to Become a Mentor
To become a lab aide and study-session facilitator, you need to sign up through one of the department faculty members who teaches the courses for which you will be assisting.
We currently use Lab Aides in Geol 10L, Geol 30, Ocan 1L, Pale 1, and Geog 1L. Study Session Leaders will choose 1-2 hours per week to work on a regular schedule (so that we can advertise availability). Hours need to match open study session times. Total number of hours available for various study session leaders depends on available study session times and other study session leaders (we need to reach maximum coverage for all classes with limited funds).
- Come by as early as possible in the semester to sign up for available slots. (Study session leaders: study session schedule; Lab aides: lab schedule.)
- Indicate interest by contacting department chair and/or instructors with whom you'd like to work.
- Provide contact information (e-mail and phone number).
- Get Volunteer Form from Department Chair or Instructor; complete it and submit it as soon as you can at the start of each semester in which you assist.
Tips and Notes for All Lab Aides and Study Session Facilitators
- Helping your fellow students can be tough! There are tricks to handling difficult situations. Please keep these in mind:
- Control access to the lab room and back offices – Students are not allowed in the back offices without an instructor. Be sure that when you leave the lab, if you are the last person, that all windows and doors are closed and locked.
- Not everyone is ready for our classes – some students don’t have the expertise in math or reading or English or critical thinking to pass our classes the first time around. Be patient with these students, but don’t hesitate to advise them to retake another semester, after completing more math or English.
- Some students have emotional difficulties – If you choose to give advice, be sure you also alert them to the services the college provides:
- Don’t hesitate to tell students you don’t know. If you do NOT know the answer to something, direct the students to the instructor (better yet, take them to the instructor and listen in as the answer is provided). If you give wrong answers to students (it WILL occasionally happen), be sure to go back to the students later (ASAP) with the correct answers.
- Show, don’t tell. Instead of giving an answer, guide students to the correct answer.
- Talk to us! If you are having any concerns or problems at any time, please come ASAP and talk to the Mentoring Facilitator. We are here for you!
- Follow through. If you are on the schedule, we expect you to show up (students, instructors, fellow lab aides and study-session facilitators). Only skip sessions if it’s an emergency, and if you’ve made contact with someone to post signage. It is ESPECIALLY important around exam times!
- Be patient and kind with the students. You are their ally.
- Respect the right of ALL to an education. When in doubt, use that principle to guide your actions and advice with students. No one should be hijacking anyone else’s learning environment.
If you have any difficulties, contact an instructor ASAP. If no instructor is available, and your difficulties feel like an emergency, contact Campus Police (Cloud Hall 119) 239-3200.