Each FYE seminar will have a Peer Leader to assist students with both academic and non-academic issues. Peer Leaders are upper-class students who support the FYE faculty and act as mentors for the seminar participants.
Peer Leaders model classroom engagement and offer both in- and out-of-class support. They'll answer questions about academic matters or about college life generally, provide certain kinds of academic help or feedback on first-year students' work, meet with students in small groups or one-on-one to discuss specific assignments or general study skills, and perhaps facilitate or take an active role in a class discussion. Overall, the Peer Leader's job is to help beginning students find their place in the AU community.
The Peer Leaders are selected by the instructor and have proven records of success at Alfred University. While working closely with first year students and making a real difference in their lives, Peer Leaders also have the opportunity to learn about curriculum development, teaching strategies, and leadership skills.