What is PAL?
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a voluntary scheme which is flexible, confidential, and fits around the availability and preferences of both leaders and students.
PAL leaders operate as 'module champions'. Leaders are students who have completed a particular module, having demonstrated a high degree of competence at stage 1 or 2. They facilitate learning for new students to the module through discussion and exploration. PAL leaders are not teachers and they do not teach content. Rather, the emphasis is on how to learn independently, ask questions and seek appropriate avenues of academic support. It operates in participating schools and is co-ordinated by the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS).
If you are interested in taking part or would like to find out more, please contact the Student Learning Advisory Service firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits of the PAL scheme
- Encourages independent learning
- Improves student retention and attainment
- Facilitates communication between students and academics
- Builds a community of learning
Benefits for PAL Leaders
- Develop employability skills such as leadership, problem solving, and communication
- Enhance your CV and receive 45 valuable employability points
- Consolidate learning to improve academic achievement
- Use your experience to support others and be a positive role model
Find out more about being a mentor on our PAL Leaders web page.
Benefits for PAL Students
- Get help with aspects of the course
- Gain confidence in your subject and academic skills
- Become an independent learner
- Develop successful study strategies
Find out more about the benefits of the scheme to you on our PAL Students page.