Peer Assisted Learning is intended to complement and build on the learning that happens in the classroom. We encourage students to attend groups regularly as part of building a regular study habit.

Our goal is for students to not just learn the material for your course, but also to become better learners overall.

What to tell your students

  • Students should expect to work primarily in small groups with other students as well as the Peer Learning Consultant to review, understand, and engage with course content.
  • We have a core list of classes that we support each semester. Students can see what’s available and sign up for a session online.
  • If a class is not listed on the schedule, then students should complete our suggestion form to let us know of a need.
  • The Peer Learning Consultant is a student, too, and will sometimes be a co-learner alongside their peers. Students should not expect that the PLC is an expert in every topic from the class, especially since course content varies across instructors and class sections as well as from year to year. For truly expert help, students should reach out to you, their faculty.
  • The PLC can’t provide answers or direct help with homework.

What you should know

  • Find the Peer Learning Consultant for your course (university log in required).
  • Please consider adding the Consultant(s) for your course to your Moodle (as observers) and/or sharing your syllabus with us.
  • We will follow your lead on how to help your students. If you have specific collaboration guidelines, or instructions about anything in your course, please share those with us so we can make sure our groups align with your learning goals and teaching practices.
  • We can assign a PAL group meeting specifically to your section of a course and direct your students to work with them. This is especially helpful if content varies a great deal across different sections and instructors for a specific course.