About Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

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

Who: Trained upper year students, called Peer Mentors, sharing their experiences, and offering mentorship to primarily new students in skills for success at the university level, and in university courses
How: Interactive, hands-on opportunities to practice what you learn, in an informal setting
What: We offer PAL for Learning Communities in the Colleges of Agriculture and Bioresources, Engineering and Kinesiology; Structured Study Sessions for first year courses in biology, chemistry and physics; academic skills small group workshops; and one-to-one peer academic coaching (weekly drop-in sessions)

What is a peer mentor?

2016-2017 Peer Mentors

Student Learning Services offers a range of academic services and supports to enhance undergraduate and graduate students' success.

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) peer mentors are academically strong students who volunteer to assist fellow students in:
  • traditionally difficult undergraduate courses
  • the transition through first year in the Colleges of Agriculture and Bioresources, Engineering and Kinesiology or
  • the development of academic success skills related to information literacy, research, study skills, and graduate school via workshops, online resources, and peer coaching

Join us for an information session

Would you like to speak to a current peer mentor and ask questions? We are offering several 30-minute information sessions where some current peer mentors will share and answer questions you may have.

Tuesday February 13th

  • 11:30 am-noon
  • noon-12:30 pm

Wednesday February 14th

  • 1:30-2 pm
  • 2-2:30 pm

Wednesday February 28th

  • 2:30-3 pm
  • 3-3:30 pm


Thursday March 1st

  • 11:30 am- noon
  • noon-12:30 pm


Tuesday March 6th

  • 4-4:30 pm
  • 4:30-5:00 pm


Wednesday March 7th

  • 3:30-4 pm
  • 4-4:30 pm

To register for one of these sessions, please visit this page.

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