Peer Assisted Learning
The Peer Assisted Learning Program allows students to meet individually with other students who have previously been successful in the course content and really learn the material. Whether you are a B student or failing the course, PAL educators will help you prepare a study plan, prepare for exams, and help you identify the best approaches for learning the course material.
Click here to see the list of available courses and instructions to set up an appointment with a PAL.
Who can meet with a PAL peer-educator?
What courses can PAL peer-educators help with?
Who are the PAL peer-educators?
How often do I meet with a PAL peer-educator?
What do I bring to the session?
How do I make an appointment?
What is Peer Assisted Learing?
Who can become a PAL?
PAL Educator Qualifications:
- Must have a strong academic and major GPA (3.0 or higher)
- Must have completed at least 2 academic semesters
- Must be able to provide a current academic transcript
- Must be able to provide a current semester class schedule
- Must have a strong desire to support and assist fellow students
What are the requirements of PAL peer educators
How do I become a PAL peer educator?
- Please complete and submit an application located online: Click Here to download the application.
- Please provide a copy of your current transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)
- Please provide a copy of your class schedule for the semester you plan to join the PAL program
- Completed applications may be submitted to Learning Assistance Service in the Shoemaker Building, Room 2202 M-F 8:30am-4:30pm or emailed to Katie Koo - firstname.lastname@example.org (please attach the completed application, transcript, and class schedule to the email)
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For best consideration please apply by September 7th.
- Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive a decision from the PAL program coordinator via email.
- Once accepted into the PAL program, you will then be eligible to enroll in EDCP318E (3 credit) or EDCP498 (1 credit) PAL course depending on your PAL track.
What will I learn in the PAL EDCP318E course?
Students registered for EDCP318 E and the EDCP498 Mentor Track will partake in the EDCP318 E course. As part of this course, PAL educators will receive ongoing, semester-long training, partake in professional development opportunities, and receive credit for participating in PAL programs. Any student who would like to participate in the PAL program for CRLA's IMPTC Certification must complete the EDCP 318E (via the 3 credit track or the 1 credit mentor track) and 50 hours of mentoring.
In the course, students will learn tools and techniques to assist them in their role as a peer educator and mentor. Students will better understand how their own development and experiences influence their relationships with PAL program participants. Through interactive assignments including reflection journals, professional development activities, experiential learning, group projects, and class discussions, students will learn more about student development, best practices regarding peers assisting peers, and leadership skills. By the end of the semester, each PAL educator will have created a professional peer educator portfolio highlighting their competencies and experiences as a peer educator and mentor.