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Peer Assistants & Advisory Groups

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Eight departments offer peer-led sessions designed to facilitate collaborative interactions around homework and course content. These sessions provide an opportunity for any student enrolled in introductory (and some intermediate-level) courses to get help with homework and to work actively with peers. The help sessions are staffed by Peer Assistants, students who are comfortable with the course material. Sessions for a given course are typically offered on several evenings each week.  Detailed information about these sessions is disseminated in the introductory courses themselves.

The peer assistants associated with a given course often play a supportive role during the course lecture periods as well, helping to facilitate in-class discussion. The links below lead to specific information about each peer-assistant program on the sponsoring department's website. For information about NSE peer assistants generally, or about the pedagogy training offered to new NSE peer assistants, please contact the Coordinator of NSE Educational Support Initiatives, Prof. Ben Geller (

In addition,  Student Advisory Groups host student-facing events and provide student feedback on departmental initiatives.