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Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Program 

What is Peer Assisted Learning?

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a peer-facilitated learning enhancement model designed to impact the way students learn difficult content in a specific course. PAL is attached to course sections to provide students with a systematic and structured approach for processing the course material assigned by the instructor. During PAL sessions, students work together to gain a deeper understanding of the course content. The environment is informal and students are encouraged to discuss course content and share study strategies. Participation is voluntary. 

Fall 2017 Peer Assisted Learning Leaders 

MAT 125

Coming Soon
Alyssa T.

MAT 125

PAL Session Times:
Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm


Jenna L.
Jenna L.

MAT 125

PAL Session Times:
Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm

FREY 316

Tasnia N.

MAT 125

PAL Session Times:
Wednesdays 12:00-1:30pm

FREY 112

Lyle S.

MAT 125

PAL Session Times:
Mondays 5:30-7:00pm

PSY A 146

What do Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leaders do?

PAL Leaders are students who have done well in the course and who have undergone extensive PAL training to plan effective sessions. PAL Leaders attend the class to keep up with the course content, and model effective student practices and attitudes. During a Peer Assisted Learning session, the PAL Leader engages students using interactive learning strategies, which encourage involvement, comprehension, and synthesis of subject content.

How do you participate?

While it is preferred that you attend the PAL session of the PAL Leader assigned to your lecture, students can attend any (or all) of the sessions. Simply show up!  PAL Sessions are limited to the first 25 students!

Good to Know:

This program is a collaborative effort involving the Academic Success & Tutoring Center, the Undergraduate Biology Program, the Center for Inclusive Education, and the Department of Mathematics, with support by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

This program is partially funded by your Undergraduate Student Government

This service is modeled after Supplemental Instruction, an academic assistance program created by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. For more information about Supplemental Instruction, please visit the website of the International Center for Supplemental Instruction.  

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