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Tutoring Services: Types of Tutoring: Structured Learning Assistance

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What is Structured Learning Assistance?

Structured Learning Assistance (SLA), also called Embedded Tutoring, is a form of tutoring in which the leader (or tutor) attends class with students. Then students come to mandatory tutoring sessions, led by the SLA leader, before or after class. The classes with SLA tutoring are courses in which many students struggle, such as introductory Math. However, students who take courses with SLA typically get better grades and complete more courses than students who take the same courses without SLA.

SLA leaders are students or graduates who have excelled in college. They attend class lectures with their tutees and offer regularly scheduled review sessions right after or before class. During these sessions, students can collaboratively review notes, discuss readings, ask questions, do homework, develop study skills, and prepare for exams. SLA leaders are a valuable help in breaking down and simplifying complex information learned in class.

Students assigned to SLA sessions are required to attend tutoring, just like students taking science classes are required to put in lab time and students taking philosophy courses are required to participate in discussion. Typically, a class that meets three or four hour a week will require two hours of SLA tutoring a week, through the entire semester.

Students, you can enroll in 100-level Math classes that offer SLA sessions via InfoOnline. SLA sections are noted under "Meeting Information."

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Instructors, learn more Structured Learning Assistance at MATC through our Frequently Asked Questions.


Tutoring Services (in C201) is open from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday for fall semester. We are closed during breaks.

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