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Peer Assisted Learning

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Fall 2021 Peer Learning:  Sign up for a session.

The Peer Assisted Learning Program, rolled out in Fall 2020, offers students the chance to engage with their fellow students around course content outside of the classroom in order to improve and deepen their learning.  All of our Peer Assisted Learning services emphasize collaboration and co-learning between students and trained undergraduate Peer Learning Consultants.

Our goals are to provide:

  1. Collaborative, peer-facilitated, content-based learning support for students.
  2. Support in applying effective studying and group learning methods for students.
  3. An engaged learning experience that is aligned with The Furman Advantage for Peer Learning Consultants.

We offer three services:

  1. Group Learning Sessions
  2. Class Study Groups
  3. 1-on-1 Peer Learning (as a follow-up to attending group sessions, depending on the availability of the student consultants)

Group Learning Sessions

Students can expect their Peer Learning Consultant in a Group Learning Session to have knowledge of or familiarity with course content. Because content can vary across sections of a class and across semesters, students should also be prepared for a Peer Learning Consultant to be a co-learner alongside them for some course content.

Peer Learning Consultants will work with students in small groups to:

  • clarify concepts and review course content;
  • facilitate group learning activities where students learn from and teach each other;
  • use effective study habits and metacognitive learning strategies;
  • and (re)deliver new material in coordination with course instructors as appropriate.

Class Study Groups

Students can expect their Peer Learning Consultant in a Class Study Group to have knowledge of study methods and metacognitive learning strategies, but should not expect the Peer Learning Consultant will have specific content knowledge.

Peer Learning Consultants will work with students to:

  • set individual and group goals for the study group;
  • use effective study habits and metacognitive learning strategies;
  • facilitate group learning activities where students learn from and teach each other;
  • and apply effective study methods and metacognitive learning strategies.

1-on-1 Peer Learning

1-on-1 Peer Learning is intended as a short-term way to help students get the most out of their Group Learning Sessions or Class Study Groups when particularly challenging concepts come up in class content.

Peer Learning Consultants will work with individual students to:

  • clarify concepts;
  • review course content;
  • use effective study habits and metacognitive learning strategies;
  • and build up the skills and knowledge to rejoin the relevant Group Learning Session with confidence.

If you have any questions about our program, please email PeerLearning@furman.edu or  Jean Schwab, Director of Peer Assisted Learning.

PAL Schedule

See the schedule of currently available Group Learning Sessions and Class Study Groups.

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Class Study Groups

Don’t see a Group Learning Session for your class? We can help you set up and run a regular study group.

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Our Services

We provide students with several ways to engage with their classmates around course content in a collaborative learning environment.

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Peer Learning Consultants

The Peer Assisted Learning Program is staffed by trained undergraduate students.

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