Students as Tutors: A Peer Assisted Learning Program
Peer-assisted learning (PAL) is a successful way to improve academic outcomes amongst groups of students, simultaneously encouraging personal growth and development. This initiative started as Peer-Tutoring Program by Dr. Shariq Khan MBBS, BSc (Hons), College of Medicine graduate, last year, under the Chancellors supervision and became very successful. After receiving feedback on last year’s program, we have found ways to improve it further this year. Now, this program has been renamed Peer-assisted learning (PAL)!
The Aim of this program is to
- Involve and serve students across all years of different programs,
- Enable and encourage students to take responsibility for developing, managing and sustaining PAL groups and activities.
Peer-Assisted Learning has been established purely for the betterment and improvement of student knowledge. The program is initiated so that students can get experience as clinical tutors while other students in need receive academic assistance. In this program, student tutors will register and document every tutoring session. The student tutor can choose to do peer tutoring anytime, either in person or online. Student tutors will be trained to ensure they understand their roles (i.e.to, mentor the less senior students, manage the group, etc.) after registering. A student supervisor will be chosen from each college whose responsibility will ensure student flow and constant promotion of the program in their respective colleges.