Peer Assisted Learning Leaders (PALs) provide subject specific facilitated peer assisted study sessions (PASS) to help enhance student understanding of the programme. PASS typically consists of weekly or fortnightly group sessions, enabling reflection on taught content, in order to achieve a set task designed to consolidate learning. PASS facilitates discussion it is not teaching, allowing students to raise questions in a safe and confidential environment about any fears, challenges or opportunities that they may be facing.
What do PALS do?
- Run and facilitate peer assisted study sessions (PASS) for fellow students on their programme in the level below.
- Provide a safe and confidential space for students to ask questions.
- May help with problem-solving, study skills, exam techniques and help with preparation of coursework, assignments and presentations.
- Know what their students are going through because they 'have been there' and been successful.
- Do not teach, lecture or give out the answers.
PALs are trained in how to structure and lead flexible sessions so everyone can participate. They are supported by their Academic Contact (academic member of staff in their programme) and agree with the PAL group which material they want to review, improve or understand better.