Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) offers free-of-charge structured study sessions facilitated by peer students (PAL Leaders) who are students with a strong academic record and have successfully completed the courses themselves. PAL sessions takes place from week 3 to week 15, which target difficult courses rather than struggling students. Attendance is voluntary but highly recommended to all students studying the targeted courses.
PAL is a great opportunity for you to get together in small groups with other students in the course to compare notes, discuss important topics, develop strategies for studying and learning, and network with peers. At each session, a PAL Leader will be on hand to help you understand the course material as a peer and a friend. If you regularly attend PAL sessions, studies show that your final mark may be substantially improved.
PAL Leaders are senior students who have completed specific courses and are selected to be trained as PAL facilitators. Their role is to lead group discussions and facilitate collaborative activities and worksheets that help you break down difficult concepts in your course. They will NOT give you answers to tests or assignments, but will guide you to arrive at your own answers.
The course list will be confirmed by week 3, semester 2.
PAL sessions run weekly either face-to-face, online or blended mode. Check for the PAL schedule and just turn up to the venue for face-to-face sessions or connect via Zoom link given in the schedule.
There is no enrolment or registration required. Just remember to have your attendance recorded by the PAL Leader at the session.
1. Is attendance compulsory?
No, attendance is not compulsory. However, PAL Learners are strongly encouraged to attend their PAL sessions regularly.
2. Do I have to pay?
No, PAL is entirely free for students.
3. Can I attend more than one session?
Yes, PAL sessions run weekly, commencing in the third week of the semester and you can attend as many or as few sessions as you like.
4. What will a PAL session involve?
PAL sessions mainly consist of small group activities that target a range of learning styles, designed to simplify and reinforce course content. The content or session agenda can be set entirely by the students attending PAL. PAL Leaders will try to be flexible to accommodate as many content requests as possible.
5. How long does a PAL session last?
Each session lasts for 1 hour.
6. How do you become a PAL Leader?
Online application for S1, 2023 PAL Leader position is now open and will close on 10th February, 2023.
7. What if I have a question that is not answered here?
Please feel free to email Ms. Ferine Bano at email@example.com.