Peer Assisted Learning

REACH Summer 2020 Updates

All REACH Tutoring services have moved online for Summer 2020. For more information on the online services being offered visit our special Summer Tutoring page.

Peer Assisted Learning

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) utilizes student facilitators, who have succeeded in historically challenging courses, to facilitate collaborative review sessions multiple times each week. PAL facilitators can also be directly involved in facilitating classroom activities and discussions (especially useful when a faculty member engages in active learning or a flipped classroom model).

PAL Facilitators


PAL facilitators are students who have earned an A or B in the course they will facilitate or a higher level course in the same discipline. They have also had letters of recommendation written by two of their professors.

How PAL Courses are Chosen?


At the University of Louisville, the PAL program is for courses in which historically 30% or more of the students have final course grades of D, F, or W. The course should also have 100 or more students enrolled in it

Benefits of Using PAL for Students

Student participants will learn how to study effectively- both independently and collaboratively. They will also develop a deeper understanding of course material and how it applies to their world. This will translate into better grades and a higher level of confidence that they belong at U of L and can succeed academically here.

What can PAL do and What can't it do?

PAL can help students learn how to study both independently and collaboratively. It also helps students learn from one another, verify actual course knowledge, challenge them to teach material back to the PAL facilitator, and prepare them for future courses. PAL cannot replace the professor’s lectures or in-class assignments. PAL facilitators will never cover material in their sessions that has not been already covered in class. Attending PAL sessions does not guarantee that a student will be successful on their exams and other assignments. Students must still be responsible for their own learning.

PAL Sessions


During PAL sessions at U of L, students are given the opportunity to begin mastering the material that the professor has either covered in class or assigned for them to learn about outside of class (for flipped classroom courses). This is accomplished in a variety of ways including:

  • Reviewing worksheets created by PAL facilitator
  • Solving problems similar to the ones seen on course assignments
  • Drawing diagrams of various processes
  • Organizing course concepts using graphs and tables
  • Defining course terms and vocabulary
  • Thinking critically about and applying course material to real world scenarios
  • Identifying the order of occurrences/steps in a given process.

During the majority of these activities, PAL facilitators encourage the students to work together (either as a big group or in smaller groups); this encourages the students to learn from one another and use each other as resources. If everyone at a session has shared their ideas and all attendees have no idea how to proceed, the facilitator will give a brief (2 to 5 minute) explanation of that concept and then offer the students additional opportunities to practice independently in that area now that they understand it.

PAL Courses Offered Spring 2020

Quick Tutorial

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⬇︎

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Gsheet will take whatever content placed inside, and
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You can simply grab the value for the corresponding row by typing:
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Column titles MUST start with a letter.
Values like {{row.2019}} or {{row.2019_year}} will NOT work

TRY IT OUT! 👉

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Quick Tutorial

Your Google Spreadsheet must be divided into titled columns like so:

Data can be grabbed using double curly braces {{ }} like so:

{{row.followers}}

⬇︎

1000, 1200, 5000 . . .

Gsheet will take whatever content placed inside, and
duplicate it for each row in your spreadsheet.

You can simply grab the value for the corresponding row by typing:
{{row.attribute}} or {{row.multiword_value}}

Column titles MUST start with a letter.
Values like {{row.2019}} or {{row.2019_year}} will NOT work

TRY IT OUT! 👉

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Instructor: {{row.instructor}}

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Quick Tutorial

Your Google Spreadsheet must be divided into titled columns like so:

Data can be grabbed using double curly braces {{ }} like so:

{{row.followers}}

⬇︎

1000, 1200, 5000 . . .

Gsheet will take whatever content placed inside, and
duplicate it for each row in your spreadsheet.

You can simply grab the value for the corresponding row by typing:
{{row.attribute}} or {{row.multiword_value}}

Column titles MUST start with a letter.
Values like {{row.2019}} or {{row.2019_year}} will NOT work

TRY IT OUT! 👉

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Instructor: {{row.instructor}}

PAL Session Info:

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Leader: {{row.leader}}

Quick Tutorial

Your Google Spreadsheet must be divided into titled columns like so:

Data can be grabbed using double curly braces {{ }} like so:

{{row.followers}}

⬇︎

1000, 1200, 5000 . . .

Gsheet will take whatever content placed inside, and
duplicate it for each row in your spreadsheet.

You can simply grab the value for the corresponding row by typing:
{{row.attribute}} or {{row.multiword_value}}

Column titles MUST start with a letter.
Values like {{row.2019}} or {{row.2019_year}} will NOT work

TRY IT OUT! 👉

{{row.course}} {{row.section}}

Instructor: {{row.instructor}}

PAL Session Info:

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{{row.time}}
Location: {{row.location}}
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Leader: {{row.leader}}

Quick Tutorial

Your Google Spreadsheet must be divided into titled columns like so:

Data can be grabbed using double curly braces {{ }} like so:

{{row.followers}}

⬇︎

1000, 1200, 5000 . . .

Gsheet will take whatever content placed inside, and
duplicate it for each row in your spreadsheet.

You can simply grab the value for the corresponding row by typing:
{{row.attribute}} or {{row.multiword_value}}

Column titles MUST start with a letter.
Values like {{row.2019}} or {{row.2019_year}} will NOT work

TRY IT OUT! 👉

{{row.course}} {{row.section}}

Instructor: {{row.instructor}}

PAL Session Info:

{{row.date}}
{{row.time}}
Location: {{row.location}}
{{row.date2}}
{{row.time2}}
{{row.location2}}
{{row.date3}}
{{row.time3}}
{{row.location3}}

Leader: {{row.leader}}

Exam Reviews Professor Day Date Time PALF
BIOL 102-01,03 Christian Monday 4/13/20 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Jenee Hardin
BIOL 102-02 Last Exam Review Hopp Monday 4/13/20 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Rawan Saleh
BIOL 102-02 Opt Final Exam Review Hopp Tuesday 4/14/20 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Rawan Saleh
BIOL 102-50,51,75 Smith Monday 4/20/20 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Molly Emdee
BIOL 240-01 Rabin Wednesday 4/15/20 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Natalie Siddoway
BIOL 240-01 Pigg Wednesday 4/15/20 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Katie Jackson
BIOL 242-01 Last Test Review Masters Wednesday 4/15/20 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Lexie Brooks
BIOL 242-01 Final Exam Review Masters Tuesday 4/21/20 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Lexie Brooks
BIOL 242-02 Mansfield-Jones Tuesday 4/21/20 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Joseph Fahmy
BIOL 242-75 Florence Tuesday 4/21/20 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Andrew Schmidt
BIOL 260-01 Last Text Review Hopp Thursday 4/16/20 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Caitlin Howard
BIOL 260-01 Comp Exam Review Hopp Sunday 4/19/20 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Caitlin Howard
BIOL 261-01 Mansfield-Jones Tuesday 4/21/20 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Sienna Shacklett
BIOL 329-01 Abolins-Abols Wednesday 4/15/20 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Collin Noud
CHEM 101-01 Franco Tuesday 4/14/20 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Sarah Cawthon
CHEM 101-50 Franco Tuesday 4/21/20 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Sarah Cawthon
CHEM 101-75 Kuta Friday 4/17/20 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM John Wolfe
CHEM 105-ALL All Tuesday 4/21/20 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Kaitlynn Slone
CHEM 201-ALL SECTIONS Powe Monday 4/20/20 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Trey Hoback
CHEM 202-01 Kuta Thursday 4/23/20 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Natalie West
CHEM 202-02 Hoyt Monday 4/20/20 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Parth Parth
CHEM 202-03 Powe Wednesday 4/22/20 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Ann Wilson
CHEM 341-01 Gorce Monday 4/20/20 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ali Costello
CHEM 342-01 Gorce Monday 4/20/20 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Rachel Haslem
CHEM 342-75 Hammond Saturday 4/25/20 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Madeline Mccloud
ENGR 101 ALL SECTIONS All Monday 4/20/20 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Eric Brookshire
ENGR 102 ALL SECTIONS All Tuesday 4/21/20 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Michael Deletter
ENGR 102 ALL SECTIONS All Tuesday 4/21/20 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Michael Deletter
ENGR 205-ALL All Tuesday 4/21/20 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Lily Herchenroeder
PHYS 222-02 Chastain Tuesday 4/21/20 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Madilyn Limeberry
PHYS 298-06-09 Davis Friday 4/17/20 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CAMERON TAYLOR
PHYS 298-10-13 Chastain Monday 4/27/20 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM LUKE REEVES
PSYC 201-01,02 Ross/Noles/Mast Wednesday 4/15/20 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM MEAGAN KINARD