We have 34 PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Schemes) projects and 1 academic mentoring Scheme at the University of Edinburgh. In PALS, trained Student Leaders in 2nd year and above plan and run academic study sessions on topics such as course content, assessment, essays, exams, study skills, autonomous learning and any further skills students need to excel in their degrees. Our PALS Student Leaders facilitate discussions and run structured activities which are designed to help students discover their own tools and techniques, rather than teach content.
All of our sessions are run by a minimum of two Student Leaders, and tend to last an hour. The average number of people per sessions is 12. Sessions are very participative, and look like relaxed discussions between peers (where there are no ‘silly’ questions)! There is no need to book, and you can attend as many (or as few) sessions as you like.
PALS is open to everyone – whether you are struggling with a course or getting top grades, it is a great place to meet new people and discuss course content.
All PALS projects are subject-specific. For instance, we have Schemes in everything from Archaeology to Maths to Veterinary Medicine. You can find a list of all the Schemes here.
You can attend a PALS Scheme for outside courses and joint honours courses too – you don’t need to be on that Programme. If we do not currently have a PALS Scheme in your subject, get in touch – it may be possible to establish one.
Because the Schemes are subject-specific, each project and the sessions it runs may look quite different. To find out specific information about your project, you can click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It depends on the subject area, and how many students are on the course. The usual number is 1-2 per week, but some projects run as many as seven sessions per week! The least frequent is one session every other week.
This depends on your subject area. We work with staff and our Leaders to identify the times that will work best for you. Most sessions will be in normal teaching hours (between 9am-5pm), however some run after hours (5.30-6.30pm). All sessions will be held on campus – in central campus if this is where you tend to study, or in King’s Buildings if most of your teaching is there.
This depends on the subject area, but sessions tend to cover topics such as course content, assessment, essays, exams, study skills, autonomous learning and any further skills students need to excel in their degrees. Many PALS Schemes will run sessions for large compulsory modules or difficult modules.