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Calculus Peer Assistants (PAR)

Company:
Penn State
Job Location:
University Park, Pennsylvania
Category:
Tutors and Learning Resources

Job Number: REQ_0000016624



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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The Mathematics Department is seeking to hire part-time undergraduate students to serve as Assistants in the administration of Calculus Peer Assisted Review (PAR) sessions. The Assistants will be responsible for running the reviews and assisting the students in their learning.

Normally, the PAR sessions are held during the weekends preceding the midterm or the final Calculus exams. Although the hours for the positions will vary (depending on the need and the Assistant availability), each Assistant must commit to work at least 4 hours each of the PAR weekends in a semester, if needed. The PAR sessions will be held either in-person or remotely via Zoom. The Department of Mathematics is not responsible for the equipment and/or the services needed to hold a Zoom meeting. The successful candidate will be using their own device(s) and their own internet service if running the PAR sessions from home.

Applicants must apply online. The successful candidates must have deep knowledge of Calculus and exemplary leadership skills in order to help the first-year students master the concepts and techniques in Calculus. The candidates should be aware of the common misconceptions in Calculus the average student has, be able to anticipate mistakes before they occur, be able to intervene as necessary to keep the students successfully working toward the correct conclusion, be creative to ask leading questions so the students themselves discover the right path, be able to keep it moving at a good for all participants pace, etc. The PAR Assistant is expected to focus the review on the concepts and the process, not just obtaining the numerical answer to a problem, with the goal to help build a sturdy foundation and deep understanding.

The candidates must have completed MATH 141 at University Park and received high grades in both MATH 140 and MATH 141.

The candidates need to

(1) Submit a current resume via Workday;

(2) Send a cover letter to stj2@psu.edu, in which they should include the following information: (i) When and where they took MATH 140/141; (ii) Grades they received in MATH 140/141; (iii) Participation in past PAR.

(3) Be ready to provide the names of their MATH 140/141 instructors upon request.

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