Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL)

Tutoring and Academic Support Services (TASS) offers UB's Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) program, sometimes known as Supplemental Instruction, is a peer-facilitated learning enhancement model designed to impact the way undergraduate students learn difficult content in specific courses.

About the PAL Program

PAL leaders are connected to a course section to provide students in those courses with a systematic and structured approach to processing the course material assigned by the instructor. During PAL leader sessions, students work together to gain a deeper understanding of course content. The environment is informal, and students are encouraged to discuss course content and share study strategies. 

About PAL Leaders

PAL leaders are recommended by the professor, have done well in the course and have undergone extensive PAL program training to plan effective sessions. PAL leaders attend the class to keep up with the course content and model effective student practices and attitudes. During a PAL session, the leader engages the student using interactive learning strategies, which encourage involvement, comprehension and synthesis of subject content. 

PAL leaders do:

  • Facilitate two one-hour review sessions outside of class time.
  • Actively participate in class. They can participate in several ways such as: helping answer student questions, demonstrating concepts, providing input during lecture, etc. The PAL leader will consult with faculty to determine the best way to support the class.
  • Communicate regularly regarding sessions. This can happen via email or by scheduling regular meetings—whatever works best for you!

PAL leaders don't:

  • Grade assignments.
  • Re-lecture material.
  • Introduce new material.

PAL leaders are recommended by the professor, have done well in the course and have undergone extensive PAL program training to plan effective sessions. PAL leaders attend the class to keep up with the course content and model effective student practices and attitudes. During a PAL session, the leader engages the student using interactive learning strategies, which encourage involvement, comprehension and synthesis of subject content. 

PAL leaders do:

  • Facilitate two one-hour review sessions outside of class time.
  • Actively participate in class. They can participate in several ways such as: helping answer student questions, demonstrating concepts, providing input during lecture, etc. The PAL leader will consult with faculty to determine the best way to support the class.
  • Communicate regularly regarding sessions. This can happen via email or by scheduling regular meetings—whatever works best for you!

PAL leaders don't:

  • Grade assignments.
  • Re-lecture material.
  • Introduce new material.

Information for Students, Faculty and Leaders

Student Faculty Leaders

Leaders

PAL leaders are connected to a course section to provide students in those courses with a systematic and structured approach to processing the course material assigned by the instructor. 

If you have questions about the program, email asktutoring@buffalo.edu.

 

Catherine Clark.

Catherine Clark
BIO 200 

Sarah Nocero.

Sarah Nocero
BIO 200 

Galyah Ghajar.

Galyah Ghajar
MTH 131

Tanvi Dixit.

Tanvi Dixit
STA

Bryanna Dominguez.

Fiona Comstock
BIO 200 

Elliana Schmitt.

Elliana Schmitt
BIO 200 

Mohammad Karamat.

Mohammad Karamat
MTH 131

Bryanna Dominguez.

Bryanna Dominguez
BIO 200 

Lauren Berg.

Lauren Berg
ES207

Fuhad Islam.

Fuhad Islam
MTH 131

Maryam Gilani.

Maryam Gilani
BIO 200 

Tae Kim.

Tae Kim
ES207

Veronica Walker.

Veronica Walker
STA