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Spring 2017: We are currently seeking 8.02, 7.03 and 7.05 Facilitators
Seminar XL is a structured small study group program based on Dr. Uri Treisman’s Challenge Calculus Workshops. It provides students, especially first-year students, with a supportive venue for collective conceptual problem-solving and topic discussion. Each semester, students in pursuit of the best possible grades join Seminar XL groups, where they work with facilitators to deepen their understanding of the course curricula.
After registering for Seminar XL, the students are grouped according to the MIT courses they are taking. The small groups (3-7 students) meet twice per week for 90-minutes each session during the academic year. Although the groups do not assist students with specific homework problems, each member of a group is expected to identify questions and/or problems similar to the homework to discuss. Each group functions as a safe haven where students can explore topics that are not raised in class. Graduate students and undergraduates who earned an A in the relevant course, serve as facilitators for the study group, guiding students through extensive discussions, board work, and collaborative thinking.