The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program is an academic assistance program at UW-Platteville that is free to students enrolled in select courses. Once a faculty-mentor commits to the PAL program, he or she will recommend or select a student to be a PAL Leader. This is a student who has previously taken and excelled in the course. The PAL Leader will attend the class, observing lectures and participating in classroom discussions, and then host peer-led sessions that are free and available to students who are in the class.

By attending the lectures, the PAL Leader is able to develop a rapport with the students, become aware of content areas where the students may be struggling, and take current notes, making it all the more likely that students will attend the PAL Leader’s sessions (outside of class time), where they can get additional study support. The PAL Leader creates a relaxed learning environment, where students can ask questions and gain clarity on course concepts.

The faculty-mentor and Tutoring Services staff share the responsibilities of training PAL Leaders. Faculty provide content-specific resources and best practices for learning in their discipline, and Tutoring Services offers guidance in best practices for one-on-one or small group tutoring. While using the PAL program is completely voluntary, research has shown that students who seek help from PAL Leaders during lecture and outside of class are more likely to earn higher grades in historically difficult classes.

For faculty members who have a PAL Leader in your classroom, please be sure to let your student know how about the PAL Leader’s sessions.

We encourage all faculty members to learn more about this exciting program. If you think that a PAL Leader could help your students succeed, contact Cindy Albrecht at albrechc@uwplatt.edu for more information at the PAL program.

  • Full Name Course Faculty Mentor Times Location
    Allison Foster ANSCI 3000: Animal Nutrition Pete Lammers Mon & Tue, 3-4 p.m. and Wed & Thurs, 7-8 p.m. 101B Russell Hall
    Allison Foster ANSCI 3600: Feeds and Feeding Pete Lammers Mon & Tue, 3-4 p.m. and Wed & Thurs, 7-8 p.m. 101B Russell Hall
    Kenzie Jones BIOLOGY 1020 BioQuest: Foundations for College Success Nadia Sifri Tue & Thurs, 10-11 a.m. 117 Russell Hall
    Gabby Stauber BIOLOGY 1020 BioQuest: Foundations for College Success Nadia Sifri Tue, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and Thurs, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 307 Engineering Hall
    Kenzie Jones BIOLOGY 1020 BioQuest: Foundations for College Success Nadia Sifri Tue, 12-1 p.m. 118 Russell Hall
    Gabby Stauber BIOLOGY 1020 BioQuest: Foundations for College Success Nadia Sifri Thurs, 12-1 p.m. 118 Russell Hall
    Veronica Tenhagen BIOLOGY 1150: Concepts of Biology Ryan Schmitz Mon, 3-5 p.m. and Thurs, 4-6 p.m. 331 Gardner Hall
    Bailey Kerkel BIOLOGY 2140/2240/2340: Human Anatomy and Physiology Amanda Trewin and Rich Dhyanchand Mon, 12-2 p.m. and Tue, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 1st floor Karrmann Library, outside the Testing Center
    Bailey Kerkel BIOLOGY 2140/2240/2340: Human Anatomy and Physiology Amanda Trewin and Rich Dhyanchand Wed, 4-6 p.m. and Fri, 12-1 p.m. 109 Boebel Hall
    Mathew Withey CHEMSTRY 1050: Survey of General Chemistry Kim Pulkrabek Mon, 4-5 p.m., Tue, 3-4 p.m. and Wed, 3-4 p.m. 021 Ottensman Hall
    Noah Anderson CIVILENG 2220: Civil and Environmental Engineering Computer Applications Christina Curras Tue & Thurs, 5-6:30 p.m. 127 Ottensman Hall
    Cole Nelson COMPUTER 1430: Programming in C++ Arghya Das Mon, 9-10 a.m. and Thurs, 12-3 p.m. 009 Ullrich Hall
    Amanda O'Toole COMPUTER 1430: Programming in C++ Donna Gavin Tue, 10-11 a.m. and Thurs, 9-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m. 009 Ullrich Hall (Computer Lab)
    Adam Huber COMPUTER 1430: Programming in C++ Aishwarya Ashok Tue, 3-4 p.m. and Thurs, 3-6 p.m. 009 Ullrich Hall
    Ross Baldwin COMPUTER 1430: Programming in C++ Heydi Montgomery Wed, 12-1 p.m. and Thurs, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 009 Ullrich Hall
    Cole Nelson COMPUTER 2430/2630: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures I & II Arghya Das Tue, 12-3 p.m. 226 Ullrich Hall
    Evan Krug COMPUTER 2430/2630: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures I & II Aishwarya Ashok Thurs, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 009 Ullrich Hall
    Morgan Talbot INDUSTDY 1200: AC/DC Foundations Bandara Gamini Wed, 6-8 p.m. and Thurs, 7-8 p.m. 104 Russell Hall
    Kelley Nelson MATH 1030: Mathematics for Educators I Jodean Grunow Mon, 3:15-4:15 p.m. 140 N Doudna Hall
    Courtney Miess MATH 2030: Mathematics for Educators II Jodean Grunow Thurs, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 140 N Doudna Hall
    Molly McDaniel MATH 3030: Mathematics for Educators III Jodean Grunow Tue, 10:45-11:45 a.m. 140 N Doudna Hall
    Stephanie Johnson PHLSPHY 1130: Introduction to Philosophy Yi Tong Mon, 1-3 p.m., Tue, 12-2 p.m. and Thurs, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 319 Warner Hall
    Trevor Wavrunek PHYSICS 2240: General Physics I Yan Wu Mon & Wed, 6-8 p.m. 230 Engineering Hall
    Jack Wagner PHYSICS 2340: General Physics II Wei Li Tue & Thurs, 5:30-7 p.m. 233 Engineering Hall
    Brenna Kautz PSYCHLGY 1130: General Psychology Elizabeth Gates Sun, 4-6 p.m. and Mon, 7-9 p.m. 212 Karrmann Library