A global model at Reading
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a globally recognised scheme where students in the same subject work with each other, and in partnership with a supportive academic. Well-trained student PAL leaders run weekly academic study sessions in specific modules. You work with students from the year above who have been through the module, which is known to be tough or difficult, and together you gain a better understanding. Recent data shows that students who go to PAL sessions regularly gain better results.
What students who go to PAL sessions say:
“It's been really helpful to go over what we do in lectures, as the content is difficult.”
“Getting advice from people who have already studied the course has helped.”
“I think it was so useful. To learn from other students who have been in my position before was brilliant.”
“The leaders were friendly and helpful; they made every session worthwhile to go to.”
“We can input into what we would like covered in the sessions.”
Benefits of going to PAL sessions:
- time to go over difficult material together with other students
- opportunity to discuss ideas and ask questions that are hard to ask in lectures
- gain confidence and make friends
- achieve better results in the module
Weekly PAL sessions are structured to be lively, active and fun. If you have the opportunity to take part in PAL as part of your course, you should definitely take advantage of it.