Peer-Assisted Learning

Student studying in groups in the Davis Hall atrium on North Campus. Photographer: Douglas Levere.

UB's Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) program, sometimes known as Supplemental Instruction, are out-of-class study and review sessions for certain gateway courses. The structured one hour sessions, organized and led by peer leaders who have previously completed the course, encourage collaboration and review of class topics.

View the PAL schedule which is coordinated through Tutoring and Academic Support Services (TASS). All in-person sessions take place in the TASS Center (130 Capen Hall).

The College of Arts and Sciences is eager to support students and get the help they need with the Peer-Assisted Learning program.

What happens at Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Sessions?

As a group, you will meet with your PAL leader and review notes, class materials, discuss ideas, complete worksheets, prepare for tests and take practice exams. In addition, you will form a supportive group with other students and possibly develop lifelong friendships.

Peer-Assisted Learning is about progress, not perfection.

Peer-Assisted learning was formerly known as Supplemental Instruction.

Why should students attend PAL sessions?

Participating in supplemental instruction will help you better prepared for exams, quizzes. It will help with homework assignments, reinforce course material and you will collaborate and engage with your peers.

How to join a PAL session

  1. Talk with your professor about attending a PAL session or contact the PAL Leader for each course.
  2. Students are welcome to attend a scheduled session at any time. Simply, show up and sign in.
  3. Come prepared to the weekly PAL session to discuss the current topics. Encourage others to attend with you.

Data suggests that students who attend PAL sessions every week throughout the semester earn on average a half to a full letter grade higher than those who attend no sessions.

Interested in becoming a PAL Leader or have additional questions? Contact the Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) program for the current schedule

What PAL students are saying:

PAL sessions gave me a better understanding of the material we learn.

Joshua B. – Fall 2021

It helped make understanding the material easier.

Sham B. – Fall 2021

PAL was a fun work experience and helped me learn about helping others.

Kelly C. – Fall 2021