Become a SAIL Fellow
About the Program
Students interested in becoming SAIL Fellows enroll in a series of two one-credit courses. The first course, PSY 397 SAIL: Student Advocates for Improved Learning, includes readings from important references such as the book Make it Stick and articles in the learning sciences. Students take short, low-stakes quizzes to help consolidate their understanding of the concepts. PSY 397 students are surveyed before and after the course to determine if it has impacted their own approaches to learning.
During the second course (PSY 397B), the SAIL Fellows connect with groups of undergraduates across campus for discussions about learning. The student groups may be from the residence halls, a club, a class, one of the multicultural centers, or one of the special campus programs such as orientation. In the initial meeting with the group of their peers, the SAIL Fellows administer a pre-survey asking students to indicate the study strategies that they typically use. The SAIL Fellows then convey, in an engaging way, information about the most effective strategies for learning. The Fellows encourage their peers to use these strategies in their courses. In follow-up sessions, the Fellows ask students to reflect on the effectiveness of the strategies and suggest ways to improve. A post-survey is conducted at the end of the semester to determine if the intervention made a difference.
100% Engagement Activity
The SAIL Fellows Program has been approved by a faculty committee as a 100% Engagement Activity and is worthy of notation on the students' academic transcript. The program gives the SAIL Fellows the opportunity to utilize various theories, models, and styles of leadership for the different groups of undergraduates that they lead. Through practice, they create collaborative relationships and networks with their peers as well as the faculty members and academic professionals who oversee the program. These experiences enable the SAIL Fellows to develop a self-understanding and social intelligence as they help their peers to become better learners.
Through this 100% activity, SAIL Fellows acquire important professionalism skills. They develop a heightened understanding of themselves and others as they act as peer educators. They learn to communicate in an articulate and positive manner and act with integrity while they establish themselves as important student leaders on the UA campus.
As participants in the program, they keep a journal to reflect on their experiences throughout the program.
Take the Initiative
To become a SAIL Fellow, students should enroll in the first one-credit SAIL Fellow course, PSY 397, on UAccess Student before the semester begins. If you have questions, please contact Dana Narter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jane Hunter (email@example.com).
The below flyer contains more information about the steps to become a SAIL Fellow.