Image of the brick walkway around campus. Quote overlaid on top: “My job as a Peer Learning Consultant is to assist students in growing as independent learners. I am here to give the students the tools they need to succeed in their classes now and in the future.”

Peer Assisted Learning


Summer 2022

We will not have regular group sessions during Summer 2022. Please email if you need assistance with a class during Summer 1 or Summer 2 sessions.

Check out our PAL News page for the most up-do-date information about our summer services.


Masking Guidance for PAL Groups and Study Groups:

Effective March 5, 2022, masks are no longer required during PAL Group Sessions or Study Group meetings. However, please bring a mask with you in case you need to work closely with the student Consultant or another student. We ask everyone to please practice mirrored masking during group sessions. This means that if you must be physically close to someone while completing work in the group, and the other person is wearing a mask, then we ask you to please wear a mask during that interaction.

Please be respectful of anyone’s choices regarding masking, and remember that the primary goal for any group session is for students to be able to focus on learning. This guidance is intended to reflect that goal. If you require or may qualify for reasonable accommodations based on a disability then please reach out to the Student Office for Accessibility Resources to inquire about the ADA process.

About Peer Assisted Learning

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.  We primarily offer small-group tutoring in most introductory-level and GER courses. All groups are facilitated by a trained undergraduate student Peer Learning Consultant. All of our services emphasize collaboration and co-learning between students and 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.

To put it in a shorter soundbite: we want to help students become better learners!

We offer three services:

  1. Group Learning Sessions for most introductory-level courses that run on a regular schedule each week;
  2. Facilitated Class Study Groups by request for classes we don’t have on our normal schedule;
  3. Occasional 1-on-1 Peer Learning that is available after you’ve attended group sessions and we find that more individualized support would be helpful.

If you have any questions about our program, please email 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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