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The Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) program is an academic assistance program that provides support both inside and outside of the classroom. Housed under the guidance of UW-Platteville’s University Tutoring Services, the PAL program is an academic assistance program that is free to students enrolled in select courses. The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program typically merges the success of peer tutoring with the benefits of being a presence in the classroom.
Once a faculty-mentor commits to the PAL program, he/she will recommend or select a student to be a Peer Assisted Leader. In order to be selected as a Peer Assisted Leader, the student must have previously taken and excelled in the identified course (with the same professor as the one serving as his/her faculty-mentor). Final hiring decisions are made per the discretion of University Tutoring Services.
While the role of a Peer Assisted Leader varies depending on the demands of the PAL course, the traditional Peer Assisted Leader attends the PAL class and holds office hours, thus creating a peer-led, relaxed learning environment for students. By observing lecture and participating in classroom discussions and/or labs, the Peer Assisted Leader is able to develop a rapport with the students, become aware of content areas where the students may be struggling, and take current notes, making it all the more likely that students will attend the Peer Assisted Leader’s office hours.
Office hour tutoring sessions may take on a variety of forms depending on the course. While many Peer Assisted Leaders favor one-on-one tutoring, others also organize and facilitate group review sessions before exams. At moments when no students have shown for office hours, Peer Assisted Leaders spend their time preparing for future tutoring sessions by reviewing class material and/or creating materials that will further help students retain the information they received in lecture.
The faculty-mentor and University Tutoring Services share the responsibilities of training the PALs. In order to learn best tutoring practices, the Peer Assisted Leaders participate in training modules that are organized by University Tutoring Services. While utilizing the PAL program is completely voluntary, preliminary research has shown that students who seek help from Peer Assisted Leaders during lecture and office hours are more likely to earn higher grades in historically difficult classes.
At this time, we have PALs available in the following courses:
- Accounting 2010
- Accounting 3010
- Biology 1150: General Biology
- Biology 1650: Unity of Life
- Biology 2140: Anatomy & Physiology
- Biology 3330: Genetics
- CE 2220: Computer Apps for Civil Engineering
- Chemistry 1020: Introductory Chemistry
- Chemistry 1050: General Chemistry
- Chemistry 1140: Gen Chemistry 1
- Chemistry 1240: Gen Chemistry II
- Chemistry 1450: Chemistry for Engineers
- Chemistry 3540: Organic Chemistry I
- Chemistry 3630:Organic Chemistry II
- Chemistry 4630: General Biochemistry
- Computer Science 1430: Programming in C++
- EE 1020: Projects and Tools
- EE 1210: Circuit Modeling I
- EE 2210: Circuit Modeling II
- EE 2220: Signals & Systems
- EE 3020: Analog Electronics
- EE 3770: Logic and Digital Design
- EE 4920: Renewable Energy Project Management and Design
- GE 1030: Intro to Engineering Projects
- History 1010: World Civilization I
- History 1020: World Civilization II
- Math 1000 and 1500: Beginner and Intermediate Algebra
- Math 1030: Math for Educators I
- Math 1730: Math of Finance
- Math 1830: Elementary Statistics
- Math 2030: Math for Educators II
- Math 3030: Math for Educators III
- ME 3040: Engineering Materials
- ME 3430: Introduction to Computational Methods
- ME 3720: Mechanical Systems Laboratory
- ME 3830: Mechanisms and Machines
- Physics 2340: Physics II
- Political Science 1230: Am Government
- Psychology 1130: General Psychology
- Psychology 2330: Intro to Experimental Psychology
- Psychology 3430: Physiological Psychology
- Sociology 1030: Principles of Sociology
Stop by our office or talk to your professor to see if there is a PAL associated with your class.
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