Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL)
What is PAL?
Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) is an academic support program that targets historically challenging courses. PAL offers regularly scheduled, out-of-class, collaborative review sessions to all students enrolled in the participating course. PAL Facilitators are students who have been successful in the supported course (and subsequent courses in the series) and have been recommended by faculty for the role.
The goals of the PAL program are to improve academic performance and enhance the ways students learn difficult content in a specific course. Research has shown that collaborative learning strategies have a positive impact on both.
What to expect?
You can expect that your PAL session will be a fun, informal environment in which your PAL Facilitator will guide you in collaborative learning techniques with the other students at the session. You may review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and/or prepare for exams. PAL Facilitators attend your course lectures and complete assigned readings and problem sets; therefore, sessions are directly linked to the material being covered in class.
PAL sessions are completely voluntary—you may attend any to all sessions. However, research from the University of Minnesota Twins Cities campus suggests that consistent study session attendance (10+ sessions/term) is correlated with higher grade achievement.