“Active learning”, “peer support” and “learning-by-living” methods are core principles of the Peer Study and Discussion Sessions. Peer Study and Discussion Sessions are designed to allow students to enhance effective learning habits, increase the efficiency of their learning, use their individual talents by realizing their potential, and internalize these new skills through peer interactions.
There are 4 different types of Peer Study and Discussion Sessions: Active Learning Sessions, Individual Tutorials, Senior Tutorials, and Workshops. Active Learning Sessions are the core program of the Peer Study and Discussion Sessions. This core program is one of the best models of effective learning environments which aim to form the idea “learning to learn”. In Active Learning Sessions, students take responsibility for learning, have an important role in shaping their development, and focus on learning by sharing ideas and cooperating with each other instead of imposing their ideas.
Students can develop learning-by-living habits and learn by seeing good examples from their peers during small group discussions. The main goal is to support students to contribute to maintain an effective, enjoyable, and durable learning culture by feeling the pleasure of learning together. In the sessions, discussion moderators do not directly give key knowledge about the lessons to the participants. In other words, participants cannot receive the first hand knowledge from the discussion moderators. Moreover, participants are encouraged to learn by criticizing and by being active participants in the discussions. Thus, learning becomes easy and permanent.
Sessions are formed with essentially same level students in small groups, so that students can express themselves to other same level students freely and comfortably. The topics of the sessions are restricted to the main topics of the University Courses; i.e., Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Social and Political Science courses.
The Active Learning Sessions, which are the core of the Academic Support Program, are formed according to principles of “learning to learn” and do not fulfill the usual expectations from other academic support programs. In addition to the Active Learning Sessions, Individual Tutorials, Senior Tutorials, and Workshops are organized based on student needs and requests, as well as student referrals by instructors, tutors and from other university units. In these additional programs, “active learning”, “learning-by-living”, and “actice participation” are used and the “learning to learn” principle is never compromised.