Physics at the University of Liverpool

Peer Assisted Learning

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a student driven support scheme which aims to provide first-year undergraduates with any help required to develop further their academic understanding in a variety of subject areas as well as the student’s personal abilities to work at University. Sessions are regularly timetabled and offer the new students to work in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The PAL scheme is overseen by a few members of staff academically, but the contents of the sessions are facilitated by capable higher year undergraduates known as PAL leaders.

Peer assisted learning is:

  • a scheme in which PAL leaders aid the development and understanding of newer students. PAL session leaders have been trained to organise and facilitate weekly study support sessions.
  • structured to give students a chance to: adjust quickly to university life; improve their study habits; enhance their understanding of the subject through group discussions.
  • beneficial to the university experience for both participants and PAL leaders.

Peer assisted learning is not:

  • It is not there to reduce student-lecturer contact. PAL sessions are optional additional support and you must still attend all lectures, workshops and labs to truly benefit from your course!
  • It is not targeted at “weak” or “underachieving” students. It's available for anyone who needs help.
  • It is not teaching by senior students. The PAL leaders are only there to advise and provide guidance.

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