OWLS is not a replacement for one-on-one tutoring, but does offer a fun and free method that positively impacts student learning.
The Oberlin Workshop and Learning Sessions (OWLS) program is based on the Supplemental Instruction (SI) model for coursework support. Sessions are specific for a class, and are facilitated by a student (an OWLS Leader) who has taken the class and attends the class again along with the current students. The OWLS sessions integrate both “what to learn” and “how to learn”, that is, the content of the course as well as learning skills, in a fun, active and collaborative fashion that has been proved to work effectively for students to master coursework content.
OWLS is not a replacement for one-on-one tutoring, but does offer a fun and free method that positively impacts student learning. OWLS is for everyone. Even those doing well in the course benefit by sharing what they’ve learned in their own words to their peers. And you’ll find that the types of skills you acquire through OWLS will benefit you in other courses.
The graph below summarizes data from one representative class for students who attended 0, 1, 2 or 3 workshops prior to the first exam.