The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program at Cambridge International College offers free study sessions for particular units that are open to all current students. In these weekly study groups, PAL facilitators provide academic coaching and study help for difficult units.
PAL facilitators are students with a strong academic record, who have successfully passed the units they are providing coaching on. The role of PAL facilitators is to provide guidance with what to learn (understanding course content), how to study (developing study skills) and how to prepare for exams. The sessions consist of group work and students are encouraged to work together to solve problems by discussing lecture materials and comparing lecture notes.
This collaborative approach makes peer learning a powerful technique and helps anyone to study more effectively and to learn better. Research has shown that students who regularly attend peer assisted learning sessions are more likely to achieve distinctions and high distinctions in their units and are less likely to fail. Attendance of PAL sessions is thus highly recommended to all students, not just those who may struggle in specific units. Additionally, participants in the PAL program make positive connections with other students and gain important soft skills in negotiation, problem solving, and critical thinking.
Find out more about the PAL program and other programs available at CIC that your students may be interested in by contacting our Regional Student Recruitment Manager, Aditya Nomula, at firstname.lastname@example.org.