University Libraries

Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL)

SMART Locations

Walter Library
Room 204 (2nd floor)
Phone: 612-624-1584
Wilson Library
1st Floor
Phone: 612-626-8262
Magrath Library
Room 75
(just outside library gates)
Phone: 612-624-2125
Note: Media Help available only in Walter and Wilson

Email SMART

Media Questions: smartmedia@umn.edu
All Other Questions: smartlc@umn.edu










Spring '14 PAL Sessions

Open to all students registered in the course

Course Instructor Day Start End Location Facilitator
STAT 1001 Ding Mon 1:25 2:15 Kolt 134 Michael
Chem 1015 Pelton Mon 1:25 2:15 STSS 512A Priya
Chem 1015 Pelton Mon 2:30 3:20 STSS 530A Jessica
Chem 1061 Salmon Mon 2:30 3:20 Nicholson 145 Eric
Chem 1062 Leopold Mon 4:40 5:30 Akerman 215 Parker
Chem 1061 Hillmyer Tue 2:00 2:50 McNeal 146 - St. Paul Jessica
CPSY 4343 Mazzocco Tue 3:55 4:45 Appleby 11 Laura
Math 1271 Adams, Zhu Wed 1:25 2:15 Akerman 211 Tony
Math 1271 Diaconu, Zhu Wed 2:30 3:20 STSS 530A Dean
PHSL 3051 Anderson Fri 1:25 2:15 LindH 229 Elaina

About PAL

Weekly Study Sessions

  • Come weekly for practice with lecture concepts and problem solving
  • Research shows that students who attend and participate in PAL 10 or more times in a semester can raise their grade by up to one whole letter

What you can expect at a PAL session: The PAL leader will often have you work in pairs or groups of three to solve the problems they selected for the session. S/he will circulate to make sure groups are on the right track. S/he is more likely to ask your group questions, which will lead you in the right direction, than give you answers. S/he might bring in a student from another group to explain how they solved a problem because PAL operates on the principle that once you can teach the material to someone else, you really know it.

Not finding a PAL group for your course?

  • Form your own: How to Form a Successful Study Group: from Duke University
  • Consider Open Study: an online study group for anyone
    • Their tag line is "Make the World Your Study Group. Get live help from other students. Be a hero to your peers."

Looking for a place to study other than the libraries, closer to your classes?