SAIL: Student Advocates for Improved Learning
SAIL (Student Advocates for Improved Learning) is an important component of the UA Learning Initiative. Undergraduate students participate in sessions with faculty and other academic professionals to learn about best practices for learning and retaining knowledge and for conceptual understanding. The participation occurs through a series of two one-credit courses.
The first course (PSY 397 - SAIL: Student Advocates for Improved Learning I) includes intense study of the fundamentals of the science of learning. Students read important references such as Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, Brown, et al., 2014, and practice using the strategies in their own courses.
The second course (PSY 397B - SAIL: Student Advocates for Improved Learning II) focuses on the program in which SAIL Fellows meet with small groups of students to educate them about what study strategies work best based on the documented evidence they studied during the first course. The SAIL Fellows involve the student groups in activities that help them actively learn and solidify the concepts. To reinforce the concepts and assess the impact, SAIL Fellows meet with the student groups multiple times and record their experiences in a journal. Through their participation in the program, SAIL Fellows develop their professionalism and leadership skills and earn a 100% Engagement notation on their academic transcripts.
The number of groups that are participating in SAIL Sessions continues to grow. The list below shows a subset of the diverse groups that have benefited from sessions with SAIL Fellows:
- Dorms: Yavapai, Kaibab-Huachuca, Cochise Hall, Gila
- Courses: POL 150C3, MCB 181R, PSY 101, CHEM 151, SIE 454/554
- Student Groups: Professional Achievement in Nursing (PAIN) Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy (POST), Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
- Campus Units: Honors College, SALT Center, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), Transfer Student Center
- Living-Learning Communities: Engineering Leadership Community (ELC), Building Leaders and Creating Knowledge (BLACK)
See below for information about how to request a SAIL Session.
Become a SAIL Fellow
Students who are interested in becoming SAIL Fellows begin by enrolling in the first course, PSY 397, on UAccess.
Request a SAIL Session
Faculty, Advisors and others who work with groups of students can request a SAIL session.
Resources for SAIL Fellows
Access to the materials at the below link is restricted to active SAIL Fellows and program faculty and administrators.