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What is the Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Programme?
PAL is an academic student-to-student support network and this programme assists students to adapt and transit into their new University life. PAL provides scheduled weekly sessions led by PAL Leaders who are senior students to help them improve their understanding of the subject matter.
(Photo above: SIMGE PAL Leaders)
What can PAL do for you?
Students who embark onto a new academic programme may find certain subjects challenging and demanding and PAL leaders can help them work through common problems and develop their learning strategies. Leaders will also share essential study skills required to do well in their studies and students will learn to be self-directed and independent in their learning. There will also be opportunities to network with their peers.
How is the PAL Programme run?
PAL is a peer-led group study facilitated by PAL leaders who meet students in small groups (ranges from 5 to 15) for 1.5 hours each week. As the PAL programme encourages collaborative learning, students are expected to participate actively and learn by unpacking difficult concepts and encourage them to be independent learners.
Who are the PAL Leaders?
PAL Leaders are senior students who have completed specific subjects and are selected to be trained as PAL facilitators. They are not teachers and their role is to help students to understand the subject better by guiding them to arrive at their own answers. They will encourage discussion in the group to enhance understanding of lectures already attended; not to impart new knowledge.
|Partner University||Subject||Number of sessions||Commencement|
|University of London||Intro to Economics||15||September/October|
|Principles of Accounting||15||September/October|
|Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology||ECON1035||10||February/August|
|University of Wollongong||PSYC123||10||February/August|
|CSCI204||6||April / October|
|University at Buffalo||SOC294||10||February / October|
|PSY207||10||February / October|
|SIMGE Diploma in Management Studies||Microeconomics||6||January/April/July/|
Sessions are conducted weekly by a fixed PAL Leader. The typical PAL Leader to Learner ratio is 1:10, though the number could go up to 1:20 depending on the subject and demand.
- “It made me learn in depth instead of just memorising the formulas.”
- “I like the encouragement to discuss questions or problems with each other rather than simply being given the answer”
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]
1. When is the date to register for the PAL Programme?
Tentatively, registration should be opened about 2 weeks after your semester starts. An email will be sent to your MyMail email when registration opens.
2. What are the available slots that I can register for?
There are 3 slots every weekday (Mondays to Fridays) with each slot of 1.5 hours:
- 12pm – 1:30pm
- 2pm – 3:30pm
- 3:30pm – 5pm
You will be asked to choose 5 slots based on your availability and we will try to match you with our PAL Leader.
3. Is attendance compulsory?
Attendance is not compulsory. However, PAL Learners are strongly encouraged to attend their PAL sessions regularly. Studies have shown that students who attended PAL regularly usually perform better than those who do not. If you are aware that you will not be available for any of the session, inform your PAL Leader and they will take note.
4. What happens in a typical PAL Session?
PAL session covers materials in earlier lectures. PAL Learners are encouraged to ask questions about the topics that the group can discuss together. Our PAL Leaders will facilitate the discussions, provide practice questions and share their experiences such as their study skills with the PAL Learners. In short, the PAL sessions are interactive and PAL Learners are encouraged to question and discuss as a group to have a better understanding on the subject.
How do I sign up?
If you wish to join us, be it as a PAL Leader or PAL Learner, you can send an email to us at Learning@sim.edu.sg or visit us at the SIMGE Student Learning Centre.