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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.
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Stay Afloat, December 15, 2013
Stay afloat during final exams with FREE study sessions at the WATR!
Sunday, December 15 from 2:00-6:00pm.
Sessions in Chem I, II, Chem for Engineers, Physics I & II, Calc II, and Unity of Life.
Refreshments provided!! We'll see you there.
University Tutoring Services Newsletter
Look at our Fall 2013 newsletter, including final exam prep.
We need tutors for various subjects for Spring 2014 Courses.
Click HERE for a course list.
If you are interested, please call 342.1615 to make an appointment with the Tutoring Coordinator.
Writing and Tutoring Resources
Brigham Hall (3rd floor)
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818
Administrative Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8:30a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Director of WATR