Peer Assisted Learning is intended to complement and build on the learning that happens in the classroom. We encourage students to attend sessions regularly, as part of building a regular study habit. Our preferred tutoring method is non-directive, meaning that the Peer Learning Consultants (PLCs) ask questions and guide students to discover the answers to problems on their own. We recognize that sometimes, students may need a PLC to be more directive (i.e., to offer clear instructions), but that’s something we will do if we can see that a student doesn’t yet have the right level of mastery to learn from non-directive methods.
Peer Learning Consultants are also trained in: collaborative learning techniques for use with small groups, some of which are regularly used by faculty in their classes; effective study habits; and metacognitive learning strategies.
Our goal is for students to not just learn the material for your course, but also to become better learners overall.
An updated list of current Peer Learning Consultants is available in Box (Furman log in required).
On January 22, 2021, PAL staff hosted an informational session for faculty about our program.