The primary goal of Academic Support Program (ASP) at Sabanci University is to support and sustain an effective, enjoyable, reflective, and lifelong learning culture by feeling the pleasure of learning together. To this end, the ASP offers study sessions where “active learning”, “peer support”, and “learning-by-living” methods are adopted as the learning methodologies, which are the core principles of such a learning culture.
ASP offers two types of sessions:
♦ Peer Study and Discussion Sessions
♦ Senior Study Sessions
Peer Study and Discussion Sessions: Learning with Peers and Peer Support:
We believe that peer support in a collaborative learning environment is a significant component of one’s learning process. It is the perfect setting for students to practice and improve academic skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking. With this aim, peer study and discussion sessions are designed for students to develop effective learning skills by seeing the good examples from their peers through problem-solving and discussion activities. Students share their ideas and academic knowledge/experience in a friendly environment and form/develop a learning culture together.
The sessions are offered mainly for the Science of Nature (NS 101/102), Calculus (MATH 101/102), and Humanity and Society (SPS 101/102) courses from the 1st-year university courses list. The 1st-year university courses are a part of our university’s core curriculum and are taken by all freshman students regardless of their intended major at Sabancı University.
Peer study and discussion groups are guided by “peer moderators”. They are selected among the freshman students who take the university courses and lead the study sessions at the same time. They encourage their peers to participate in discussions and problem solving through collaborative working techniques in the study sessions. Thus, students have a chance to learn from each other, realize their potential, and internalize effective study skills through peer interactions.
Click to see the weekly schedule of Peer Study and Discussion Sessions. Students can attend any study session available to their schedules. No registration or sign up is required.
Senior Study Sessions:
Even though we believe ASP’s core program “Peer Study and Discussion Sessions” is the most efficient way to support students’ learning process, we realize that some students may feel the need to strengthen their background knowledge to excel in MATH 101/102 and NS 101/102. ASP supports those students by offering senior sessions that help them internalize concepts, gain perpetual problem-solving skill, and enhance cognition.
Senior sessions are held in small groups and are conducted by graduate students or senior students. Students who are struggling in MATH 101/102 and/(or) NS 101/102 courses are invited to them via email. If you would like to learn more about senior sessions, please contact Zeynep Özal Kurşungöz (firstname.lastname@example.org)