Peer-Assisted Learning

Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) is a peer-led academic support program that consists of regularly-scheduled group study sessions in challenging courses. PAL is available to everyone in participating courses - regardless of grades or comfort with materials - and students are welcome to join PAL sessions as often as they would like.

PAL sessions are facilitated by trained peer leaders who have previously taken and succeeded in the course they lead. PAL provides the opportunity to study course-related material in an organized, collaborative peer-learning environment.

 Students attending PAL can expect:

  • A welcoming and inclusive environment. PAL provides an opportunity to meet your classmates and work together in a low-stakes, judgement-free environment where you don’t need to worry about making a mistake.
  • To actively participate. PAL sessions will include small group discussions and engaging activities to make content practice more fun.
  • To work through problems and questions. PAL Leaders will not do problems for you but will help you to find the answer with your peers.
  • To use course materials. PAL Leaders may make specific references to lecture notes, textbooks and other course materials during sessions, and they may help you work effectively with your classmates.

The following course sections will be offering PAL sessions in the Winter 2023 semester:

Course sections
MATH 1000 002 & 056
PSYC 1000 001
PSYC 1001 001
COMP 1001 001 & 002
COMP 1002 001
CHEM 1010 001
BIOL 1001 001
MUS X40 Applied Study

PAL Peer Leaders will share session schedules and details with students in participating courses at the start of the Winter 2023 semester.

Students in first-year Engineering courses can visit the Engineering One Success Centre's Supplemental Instruction program page for information on participating courses and the semester schedule.  


Instructors interested in PAL for their course can contact us for more information. More details can also be found in the PAL Instructor FAQs.