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What is PAL?

PAL is an academic support scheme where students, trained in mentoring, facilitation and coaching techniques, plan and deliver study support sessions for other students. PAL aims to ease the transition into Higher Education and to provide support for students by other peer students.

What does it involve?

  • PAL encourages 'active' learning where students can explore answers through discussion
  • PAL Leaders facilitate group discussion and use various educational materials to enhance learning
  • sessions are informal and friendly, and provide a safe environment for students to talk about areas of uncertainty
  • PAL sessions offer supplementary learning support to core lectures, and seminars, practical aspects of your course and aspects of student life
  • you can decide, in collaboration with others in the group, what is discussed in PAL sessions.

Who is PAL for?

PAL is predominantly for first year students, although all UWE Bristol students can have access to a PAL Leader through activities to support "student life".

PAL helps students adjust to higher education, build confidence, develop enhanced study habits and become autonomous learners.

How does PAL work?

In academic PAL sessions, you will be guided through course concepts by your PAL Leader, a competent student who has been trained in group-facilitation techniques.

Student Life and Technical PAL sessions will focus on a particular skill or attribute you need for your studies.

This will help you to make the most of your study time and course materials. You must ensure that you attend your lectures, seminars, tutorials and PAL sessions.

There is no restriction as to how many sessions you can attend.

PAL sessions are confidential. Your PAL Leader will not pass on any private information to academics.

What are the benefits of attending PAL sessions?

  • helping you adjust to higher education
  • improving your ability to master module concepts by providing an opportunity to discuss or practice your subject in a safe place
  • helping build your confidence and self-esteem
  • developing enhanced study habits
  • giving you discreet support when you need help
  • helping you to become an autonomous learner
  • providing a clear view of study expectations.

How to get the most out of PAL

Your success on your course depends upon your own efforts and in order to get the most out of PAL, it is important that you:

  • attend regularly
  • come to sessions prepared and with appropriate resources
  • actively participate in group discussions and workshops.

Please note: neither PAL staff nor PAL Leaders take responsibility for student's marks or grades.

How can I become a PAL Leader?

Find out more about becoming a PAL Leader.

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