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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.

Sessions will still be held when classes are cancelled due to inclement weather.

Accessing virtual PAL sessions:
1. Make sure you are logged into your SBU Zoom account using your SBU email address. 
2. Click on the session link below listed in the PAL Leader's information section (the link can be accessed by clicking on the day/time of the session).
3. The PAL leader will let you into the session and provide instructions for signing into the session. 

Peer Assisted Learning Leaders & Schedules

(click on each day/time to access the session. Sessions are open to SBU students only)

MAT 123

Ally

Ally

Tuesdays 3:00pm-4:20pm

Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:20pm

   

  

MAT 125

Alexandra

Alexandra

Thursdays 2:00pm-3:20pm

Milana

Milana

Mondays 6:05pm-7:25pm

Raquel

Raquel

Tuesdays 1:30pm-2:50pm

MAT 126

Kishon

Kishon

Thursdays 4:45pm-6:05pm

Stella

Stella

Wednesdays 2:30pm-3:50pm

  

 

PAL- Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about PAL

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 from grants from the    National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the   Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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.