About Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Approach

Every day, peer learning occurs informally on our campus. Students study together in the library, assist each other with applying formulas for calculating reactions in a lab, or provide feedback on a classmate’s essay.

The University Library harnesses the power of peer learning by training academically strong upper-year students to provide academic support. Through Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), we meet the needs of students as they transition into and through university-level learning, and support them as they engage in the many facets of academic life.

The philosophy of PAL is to provide positive, safe, and comfortable learning environments that encourage, support and empower students in their academic pursuits.

PAL Peer Mentors

PAL peer mentors volunteer throughout the fall and winter terms. They contribute to student success by creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment and by developing interactive, hands-on learning opportunities. Peer mentors assist their fellow students in three ways; by

  • supporting the transition to university for first-year students via Learning Communities in the Colleges of Agriculture and Bioresources, Engineering, and Kinesiology;
  • providing support to undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of success strategies and academic skills development via workshops, one-to-one appointments, and online resources; and
  • leading weekly study group sessions for large introductory courses such as physics, chemistry, and biology (based on the Supplemental Instruction model).

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