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Brazosport College Biology class excels during summer session
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Brazosport College Professor Dr. Isaiah Schauer’s Biology I Class recently posted a 90.4 class average during a 5-week summer session. Class students pictured are, front, Tiffany Truby, Aubrey King, Eddie Orcañas, Life Sciences SI Coordinator & Trainer Pat Jeffreys, Instructor Isaiah G. Schauer, PhD; second row, Vanessa Ortiz, Taylor Kuhn, Jessy Milligan, Taylor Gillespie, Catalina Perez, Christopher Soria, Gabrielle Melchor, Michael Soria, Debra Aguirre, Class SI Leader Logan DuBose; third row, Marisa Moffett, Bailey LaDay, Shaye Rogers, Delphia Holmes, Shiniko Williams; back, Stefan Barrientez, John Newman and Kyle Rodgers. Not pictured are Morgan Hembling, Krystle Jordan, Heather Keith and Ryan Snow.

A group of Brazosport College students not only took on a condensed summer-session Biology course, they also excelled in the class in a manner that is rarely seen.

Dr. Isaiah Schauer’s Biology I class, which consisted of 24 students, recently completed the course with a 90.4 average. Although it’s not unusual for individuals to earn high grades in college courses, it’s not a common occurrence for an entire class to average an ‘A’ grade.

Even more impressive, Schauer’s class excelled during a 5-week summer session class, which often moves at a faster pace and has a more intensive workload. Despite the class lasting only five weeks, it is the equivalent of a 16-week course.

“These students have displayed a lot of focus and determination,” Schauer said. “They have bright and brainy academic futures ahead and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Not only does Schauer attribute the class’s success to hard work, he also credits the inclusion of Brazosport College’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) program. Schauer made it a requirement that his students participate in the SI program, which was led by SI Leader Logan Dubose.

The SI Program is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions, in which students compare notes, develop organizational tools, assemble essay questions and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by “SI Leaders,” students who have previously done well in the course and who attend both weekly class lectures alongside the current students, take notes, act as model students, and counsel with instructors weekly on what to target in the SI Sessions.

The 24 students in Schauer’s Biology I class are Debra Aguirre, Stefan Barrientez, Taylor Gillespie, Morgan Hembling, Delphia Holmes, Krystle Jordan, Heather Keith, Aubrey King, Taylor Kuhn, Bailey LaDay, Gabrielle Melchor, Jessy Milligan, John Newman, Eddie Orcañas, Vanessa Ortiz, Catalina Perez, Marisa Moffett, Kyle Rodgers, Shaye Rogers, Ryan Snow, Christopher Soria, Michael Soria, Tiffany Truby and Shiniko Williams.

For more information about Brazosport College’s SI Program, contact SI Coordinator Pat Jeffreys at 979.230.3322. To register for classes at Brazosport College, visit www.brazosport.edu/register.

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Billy Loveless 07/18/2014

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