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


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PAL Sessions for Fall '15

      About PAL

      • 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, taking into account these tips from Duke University: How to Form a Successful Study Group
      • 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?