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Pilots Study/Writing Lab

All Pilots students are enrolled in EDSEC 050-A Pilots Study Lab or EDSEC 050-B Pilots Writing Lab (if also enrolled in ENGL 100). The Lab Coordinator oversees the BH 116 Study Lab, instructs students, and trains/supervises 25 Peer Assistants and Graduate students who mentor Pilots students in ENGL 100, MATH 010/100, PSYCH 110, SOCIO 211, GEOG 100, and a variety of other introductory courses. Two hours per week, with a PA, are required for being enrolled in the Pilots Program.

EDSEC 050 Course Description

The Pilots Study Lab is a small community designed to foster growth and diversity awareness, and is much more than a place to get help with your studies. Here, you will work in individual or small groups led by Peer Assistants (PAs) toward the following goals: to study course material, to help yourself and fellow students to master material, to practice and perfect study skills, to prepare for exams, to practice self-discipline and time management, to form regular study habits, to develop collaboration skills and multicultural competencies essential to your preparation for the world of work, to develop leadership skills, to work towards personal goals, and to become a role model for other college students.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop and demonstrate critical reasoning
  • Demonstrate independent learning
  • Demonstrate effective study skills and strategies
  • Demonstrate empathy and multicultural awareness through exposure to cultural events

EDSEC 050-A (Study Lab)

  • The Pilots lab, located in 116 Bluemont Hall, offers study and test preparation help from well trained, experienced students called Peer Assistants (PAs).
  • Pilots students receive individual assistance and group study sessions from peer assistants and the lab instructor, Shay Dodson.
  • Computers and a printer are available for currently enrolled Pilots student use only.

EDSEC 050-B (Writing Lab)

  • The Writing Lab is designed for all Pilots students enrolled in ENGL 100 Expository Writing I.
  • It is taught by the Lab Coordinator and Graduate Students in the Department of English (current or former GTAs) with experience in the Expository Writing program at K-State.
  • The Writing Lab offers students extra help on their writing assignments.

    If a Writing Peer Assistant is not available in the lab (outside of your scheduled hours) and you need immediate writing assistance, visit The K-State Writing Center at 108 ECS.

Class Expectations

All students in all labs are expected to adhere to the following guidelines.

  1. Students are expected to spend a minimum of two 50-minute sessions in the study labs per week.
  2. Students are responsible for having their PA sign them in and out immediately upon entering or leaving the labs.
  3. Lab sessions must be used to study or complete class assignments.
  4. Cell phones are not allowed in the lab. Please turn your cell phone off or on silent when you come into the Bluemont 116 lab. If you need to make a call or send a text, please do so outside the study lab as it is a distraction to others.
  5. Students are expected to maintain a studious atmosphere in the Pilots Lab. Disruptive students will be asked to leave and will forfeit their points for that time frame.
  6. Students are responsible for adhering to the K-State Student Code of Conduct.
  7. Students are also responsible for obeying the K-State Honor Code. If you're unsure about something, here are some tips regarding the Honor Pledge and avoiding honor code violations.
  8. Students are responsible for adhering to the K-State Information Technology usage policy.

Fall 2014 Lab Hours are posted on KSOL and on the 116 Study Lab door.
Lab hours subject to change based on PA availability. The lab will be closed on University holidays.

Have questions about an EDSEC 050 lab assignment?
Visit K-State Online (KSOL) or check out the course syllabus!

116 Bluemont Hall
785-532-6403 (Study Lab Phone)

Shay N. Dodson
Lab Coordinator
EDSEC 050 Instructor

Kara Warren
Graduate Assistant