Learning Assistance Service

Peer Assisted Learning

Program Overview

The Peer Assisted Learning Program is a peer-to-peer academic coaching program. PAL coaches are UMD students who have been academically successful and are eager to help other students achieve their short and long-term academic goals. PAL coaches help undergraduate students learn how to:

  • Manage their time and the demands of their courses.
  • Apply efficient learning strategies.
  • Develop effective study plans.
  • Improve the results of their study efforts.

How It Works

  1. Any University of Maryland undergraduate student can meet with a PAL coach.
  2. Schedule an appointment
    Visit our office, call us at (301) 314-7693, or make an online appointment via TutorTrac. View the appointments page for detailed instructions and select “PEER ASSISTED LEARNING” as the Center. Note: Mozilla Firefox is the preferred web browser.
  3. Check your email
    In addition to an automated TutorTrac message, the PAL coach will send you an individualized confirmation e-mail to designate a meeting location. Due to the flexibility of our program, we allow for PALs and students to meet at on-campus locations that are more convenient and accessible (e.g. McKeldin Library, Hornbake Library, STAMP, etc).
  4. Prepare for your session
    Bring your academic planner/schedule, syllabus, lecture notes, or any other materials that would help you study, in addition to any specific questions that you may have about academic resources and support on campus.
  5. If needed, follow up to build a habit of consistency and routine
    Students can meet with PAL coaches as little or as much as you need in order to reach your academic goals. You can schedule one appointment or more - the choice is yours. However, schedule early! PAL coaches are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Their schedules fill-up quickly.

PAL Coach Bios

PAL Coach Bios

Read more information on how to become a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) coach.