PAL: Peer Assisted Learning

What is PAL?

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a model for peer learning that is based on the SI model (Supplemental Instruction). PAL is a collaborative project between 301 and a number of academic departments and utilises the skills and experience of higher year students to provide study support for students in lower levels of study for a short period of time, usually about three sessions per semester.

PAL is used to support student transition, retention and to enhance educational attainment. There is a significant and growing evidence base to support the benefits to participants and student leaders who engage with peer learning schemes such as PAL.

How does PAL work?

  • PAL fosters cross-year support between students with something in common - this may be that they are from the same Faculty, the same programme of study, or have studied the same module. Higher year students are trained as PAL Leaders where they use their knowledge and experience to facilitate sessions for students in lower levels of study.
  • PAL Leaders assist groups of students in finding their own solutions to problems, by encouraging collaborative discussion and guided questioning.
  • The PAL schemes develop study skills and encourage active learning in an informal, friendly and fun environment.

Want to find out more?

Contact us

To find out more information about PAL, or if you are interested in getting involved with PAL in the future, please contact us: peerlearning@sheffield.ac.uk