What is it about?

Academic learning communities involve pairing students together across multiple courses with a theme and creating a connection between the courses. We found unique benefits of learning communities between psychology and writing courses for first year students.

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Why is it important?

This study is important because it extends learning community research by comparing academic learning communities with cohorting students together without an academic connection. We found that learning communities indeed produce more robust benefits for students and recommend that universities invest in learning communities for their social and academic benefits. Learning communities are generally low cost initiatives that support students' positive collegiate learning and relational outcomes.


As a school psychologist I am always thinking about what helps students learn and thrive. Writing this article was a pleasure because it connects my passion for wellness among students to my life as a University professor. I hope this article gets people thinking about small interventions that they can reasonably do to make students' lives better.

Natasha Segool
University of Hartford

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This page is a summary of: Writing–psychology partnerships: The impact of learning community and major cohorts in a first-year college effectiveness trial., Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, November 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/stl0000382.
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