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Boise State Learning Assistant Program

Maximize Success with Peers

Learning Assistants (LAs) are peers who provide academic support for students in traditionally difficult courses and help students experience a higher rate of success and overall better grades.

A Learning Assistant and a student work together at a table.

Learning Assistants:

  • Attend class with you
  • Offer guided study sessions
  • Connect students with faculty members
  • Are familiar with course content and material

A typical LA session includes:

  • Group discussion and problem solving
  • Concept review and test prep
  • Academic skill-building
  • an hour and fifteen minutes in length

Positive Outcomes Associated with Attending Learning Assistant Sessions

Over the five year period, 2012-2017, students who participated in 3 or more LA sessions for an individual course during a given semester achieved greater academic success as compared to their peers who attended 2 or fewer sessions. Specifically, those who attended at least 3 sessions:

  • Earned grades on average 0.5 grade points higher (average course grade of 2.77 for attendees vs. 2.26 for non-attendees)
  • Passed the related course at a 14% higher rate (average pass rate of 89.9% for attendees vs. 75.8% for non-attendees)

Infographic showing positive outcomes of LA session attendance in terms of increased course GPA and pass rate

Non-Participant: n = 23465 Participant: n = 5647
χ2 = 530.574, df = 1, p<0.0001; t = 31.526, df = 10108.272, p<0.0001
*Participants attended 3 or more sessions
**Equal variances not assumed in GPA diff t-test

A group of Learning Assistants are pictured in front of an orange wall, smiling and gesturing funnily.


Contact the Advising and Academic Support Center
Call: (208) 426-4049
Location: SMASH building, first floor


Student Testimonials

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"Would recommend her to any of my friends"

"Ms. Rice was very helpful and answered all of the questions I went into the appointment ready to ask. She even answered questions I did not even know I had. She helped me feel less anxious about where I currently am at in my education as well as offered a class that I did not know BSU offered, but that I am now extremely interested in. She was very friendly and would recommend her to any of my friends needing academic advisement."

Toree Denmark