PAL Sessions for Spring '16

  • About PAL

    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. 

  • 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

    Not finding a PAL group for your course?

  • Form your own; read 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 study space - beyond libraries?

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