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Facilitating Your Success

AMBLING along the fifth floor of Block A in SIM campus, you pass a glass partition wall patterned in bright graphics. When you open the door and look inside, you see students hunched with knitted brows as they pore over textbooks, hand-scribbled note sheets or laptop screens.

The new Student Learning Centre is a welcoming haven amidst the sea of bustle and activities in the sprawling campus.

Students either drop in or make an appointment to see an adviser to help them improve their essay writing or pick up useful tips on how to work on their assignments. Advisers share essential study skills to help students to learn how to cope with the demands of their studies.

PAL programmes

Besides seeing an adviser, students have the opportunity to meet their peers to learn from a senior student who can empathise with their learning. The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) programme is one avenue to get guidance and tips for subjects that bedevil them, like Statistics, Economics and Mathematics.

The PAL programme is a free academic student-to-student support initiative. Students form a group to work through problems, with a PAL leader who prods, nudges and guides the rest along. No, the PAL leader is not a tutor or instructor; he or she has already successfully completed the subject at hand, and will facilitate discussions.

The Student Learning Centre is at A.5.01B and is open Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 5pm. Students who have queries may drop an e-mail to learning@sim.edu.sg

— Posted online October 22, 2015

Dr Aaron Tan, Director of Teaching & Learning (centre, long-sleeved shirt) and students at a PAL session in the Learning Centre; extreme right is PAL leader Reon Seow Swee Ting, guiding the students to unravel the mystery of Statistics
Dr Aaron Tan, Director of Teaching & Learning (centre, long-sleeved shirt) and students at a PAL session in the Student Learning Centre; far right, PAL leader Reon Seow Swee Ting helping students to unravel the mystery of Statistics