About Peer Assisted Learning
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a structured group mentoring system. First year undergraduates (mentees) are mentored by students in higher years, with the aim of supporting transition into higher education. Mentors provide academic and pastoral support based on the experience and skills they have gained. The key to PAL is that it is run by students for students.
PAL is usually linked to specific modules and aims to facilitate complementary learning rather than replace formal teaching. Mentees attend PAL sessions on a voluntary basis in small groups and learning is facilitated by mentors working in pairs. Groups meet for one hour sessions which are designed to be structured, but relaxed and fun. The aim is to create a community of learning with mutual benefits for mentees and mentors alike, delivered in a confidential environment.
Why they're supporting the Award
'PAL works in partnership with the UEA Award as both initiatives aim to enhance students' experience at UEA, and provide springboards for their futures. The UEA Award and PAL not only encourage and support students to flourish at the University, but also provide a means to acknowledge and articulate student's achievements in both curricular and extra-curricular activities. By recognising, respecting, and rewarding the valuable knowledge and skills that students can develop through a range of experiences at UEA - for instance by being a formally employed PAL Mentor - the UEA Award and PAL work together to enhance students' employability; they also help nurture well-rounded graduates who are ready to make a valuable contribution to society.'
Pablo Dalby, Learning Enhancement Tutor (Peer-Led Learning).