Fostering an Emotionally Intelligent Learning Assistance Environment




Learning is inescapably an emotional process. Regardless of the content, emotions are omnipresent and impact the effectiveness of a learning experience. Some students and educators believe they can remove emotion from learning, creating an anecdotal dichotomy of the head (thinking and learning) versus the heart (feeling and emotion). However, this separation is an illusion because the brain is the foundation of both thinking and feeling, and they are naturally interconnected.

Author Biography

Jenna Guenther, James Madison University, Learning Centers

Jenna Guenther is the mathematics coordinator for the Science and Math Learning Center in the Learning Centers at James Madison University (JMU). Jenna is an alumna of JMU having earned a Master of Arts in Teaching focused in secondary math and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She is also currently pursuing a Master of Education in Mathematics from JMU. Jenna began her journey in higher education learning assistance as a peer math tutor in JMU's Science and Math Learning Center during her undergraduate career, then served as a graduate assistant for the same center, and ultimately transitioned to her faculty coordinator role.


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How to Cite

Guenther, J. (2023). Fostering an Emotionally Intelligent Learning Assistance Environment. Journal of College Academic Support Programs, 6(1), 4.