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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.

Check below for session day/time and information regarding how to attend the session.

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 (If the session is offered virtually, the day/time will be a hyperlink, which will bring you to the session).
3. The PAL leader will let you into the session and provide instructions for signing into the session. 

Accessing In-Person PAL sessions:
1. Make note of the location for the session. 
2. Show up!

Peer Assisted Learning Leaders

MAT 123


Gabriella (Virtual)

Fridays 2:40-4:00pm


Genesis (Virtual)

Tuesdays 3:00-4:20pm


MAT 125


Alexandra (Virtual)

Tuesdays 3:00-4:20pm



Lacey (In Person)

Mondays 6:00-7:20pm

Union 111-43 (Honors Seminar Room)
**11/22 session will be held ONLINE


MAT 126


Kishon (Virtual)

Mondays 10:15-11:35am



Lauren (In Person)

Thursdays 1:15-2:35pm

Stony Brook Union L03-13


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, and the    Department of Mathematics, with support from a grant from 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.