Peer Assisted Learning in the Sciences (PALS)

Peer Assisted Learning in the Sciences (PALS) provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-facilitated group sessions to help students master the material in traditionally difficult science courses.

Each PALS session integrates study strategies with course content.  PALS sessions are open to all students in the class.

Courses Supported

Fall semester   Winter Semester
Chemistry 107A Chemistry 108A
Chemistry 217 Chemistry 218
Biology 242 Biology 190
Physics 107 Physics 108
Environmental Studies 203

Peer Science Leaders

Peer Science Leaders are students who have successfully completed the course and who are interested in helping others become better learners in that course. Peer Leaders DO NOT need to be science majors.  Leaders attend class lectures, meet weekly with the professor, and provide facilitated group study sessions one or two evenings per week.  Leaders receive training about how students learn, and strategies for facilitating group sessions.

Who are we? Click here for a list of Peer Science Leaders

Student Comments about the PALS Program:

“The best part about the sessions is that she came up with very good, overarching questions to get us to think about the material and not just the problem at hand.”

“My confidence in the subject was always stronger after I left my PALS sessions. I am definitely going to take more science courses.”

“For people who aren’t very confident in their math and science skills, attending PALS sessions are very worthwhile, especially when you cannot effectively study on your own.”

“I liked most that [the leader] never gave us the answers, but helped us think through the answers ourselves.”

“Having to explain stuff to other people is really helpful (writing on the board).”

“It boosted my level of confidence in my abilities in science.”

“The PALS was very helpful. It helped me to study every week and do better.”

“PALS is amazing and is a BIG reason why I understand organic chemistry. The sessions helped me tremendously.”