Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

 

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 1 of the 2017/18 Academic year:

Subject

Module

PAL Times

Location

Facilitators

Art

Drawing Discourses and Debates

Mondays 5-6pm

Thursdays 4-5pm

ZZ106

CCC111

Holly and Malika

Amy and Kathryn

Chemistry

Fundamental Chemistry

Fridays 1-2pm

Fridays 5-6pm

D202

HH023a

Jake, Alex and Samuel

George and Chima

Economics

Quantitative Economics

Tuesdays 9-10am

Tuesdays 5-6pm

Thursdays 4-5pm 

J202 

D201

D201

Laura and Vineet

Lucy, Harry and Elena

Ryan, Kwabena and Abigail

Geography

Earth System Science

Mondays 11am-12pm

Tuesdays 4-5pm

Fridays 11am-12pm

D201

D201

D201

Caitlin and Pippa

Eddie and Gabriella

Lois, Alex and Rob

Physics

Fields and Forces

Mondays 1-2pm

Tuesdays 5-6pm

WPT006

HH023a

Holly and Matt

Agnes and Elliot

SSEHS

Biomechanics of Sport

Mondays 5-6pm

Wednesdays 10-11am

WAV115

WAV041

Adam and Emily

Sam and Isaac

Social Sciences

Introduction to Research Methods

Thursdays 4-5pm

Fridays 4-5pm

CC014

CC014

Sarah and Hayley

Emily and Georgia

 

The following modules will be ran in Semester 2 of the 2017/18 Academic Year:

Art: Contemporary Art and Design

Geography: Environmental Hazards: From Mitigation to Management

Social Science: Introduction to Research Methods

Maths: Analysis 2

Computer Science: Object Oriented Programming

Business: Business Modelling

Economics: Quantitative Economics

History/IR: Crafting a Dissertation

Politics/IR: Research Design

Details regarding time and location of these PAL sessions will be released soon – check back here at the beginning of Semester 2!


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.
 

PAL FAQ's

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.