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PhilPALS is the Philosophy peer-assisted learning scheme dedicated to first year students. PhilPALS consists of trained student volunteers (PALS leaders), who plan and facilitate study sessions for a first year students on a weekly basis, helping them acquire essential academic skills and consolidate their knowledge of Philosophy.
The PALS Leaders are all second, third and fourth year Philosophy students who use their experiences studying Morality and Value, Greats and Logic 1 to relate to the challenges of first year Philosophy students. In our sessions the learning approach is unlike lectures or tutorials. Instead, leaders facilitate the learning by encouraging collaboration between students, using activities to guide discussion in a fun and relaxed environment. In our sessions there’s no such thing as a silly question or worry, the chances are all the leaders have asked that question themselves in the past!
After a successful first year and excellent feedback from attendees, PhilPALS is excited to support new first year students, offering two 60 minute sessions per week in each semester. We’ll be following the lecture content of each of the 3 first year Philosophy courses week by week. Regular attendees of our sessions tend to score significantly higher than non-attendees in essays and exams, but don’t worry, all our sessions are completely free and optional.
To find out more follow the link to our Facebook group provided above. We look forward to hearing from you.
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