Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)


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What is PAL?

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) offers optional weekly sessions to pupils studying a particular module.  Facilitated by student volunteers, (PALF’s) Peer Assisted Learning aims to create opportunity for further exploration and understanding within the field of study.  PAL sessions are in addition to the teaching provision that is already offered by the university and aims to offer and an informal and low pressure environment for students of all abilities to ask questions, improve their grades, develop study skills and get to know the people on their course.  


What are the Benefits of PAL?

PAL has shown to help students of all abilities.  Student’s who regularly attend PAL achieve more firsts than those that don’t, have overall higher grade averages than those that don’t, and have a much lower failure rate.  Not only is PAL great for academic gains but there is evidence to suggest PAL has a positive impact on the amount of students who stay at University and complete their degree – Not surprising as PAL is a great means of support and making friends.  Finally PAL saves students time.  Research suggests you can learn as much studying in a group for one hour as three hours of self-study! 



Does my Department have PAL?

PAL is attached to the following schools/departments in Semester 2 of the 2018/19 Academic year:



PAL Times



Intro to Modern and Contemporary Art and Design

Thursday 5 - 6pm

CC110 (James France)


Business Modelling

Monday 4 - 5pm

Tuesday 9 - 10am 

J202 (Edward Herbert)

J202 (Edward Herbert)


Quantitative Economics

Monday 12 - 1pm

Tuesday 4 - 5pm

J202 (Edward Herbert)

J202 (Edward Herbert)

Geography Environmental Hazards Friday 1-2pm D201 (James France)


Analysis 2 

 Tuesday 10 -11am

Monday 1 - 2pm

MAR103 (Matthew Arnold)

D202 (James France)


Research Design

Monday 11 - 12

J202 (Edward Herbert)

Social Sciences Intro to Research Methods

Tuesday 1 - 2pm

D002 (James France)

Engineering Science


Tuesday 5 - 6pm

Friday 9 - 10am



Week 1-8: WPT006
Weeks 9-12: DAV1107

Week 2-4, 6-7, 9,11 &12: DAV1102
Week 5: DAV1106
Week 8: DAV031
No Friday session in Week 10


If your department does not have PAL but you would like one please contact us and let us know which module you would like to see in PAL in and why you think it would be particularly beneficial.  We will do our best to investigate.  In the meantime why not consider setting up your own Peer Led Study group.



Find more answers about PAL here.


Meet a PALF

Click on the photos below to get to know a few of the Loughborough University Peer Assisted Learning Facilitators.  Find out their thoughts on their course, what it’s like to live Loughborough, and their top tip for other students.