Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Program



Once in medical school, students may find that previous methods of studying are no longer effective in producing positive results. For many students, this may be the first time they have faced the possibility of failing an exam or not keeping up with course material. The PAL program aims to support student success by providing the resources needed to improve academic performance.  This service is available free of charge to current medical students who have been referred by the Office of Students Affairs and/or a Course Director.

Who are the Peer Tutors?

Peer tutors are medical students who have successfully completed the courses for which they provide tutoring and have been recommended by course directors due to their exceptional academic performance. Tutors are paid through the Office of Academic Affairs.

Requesting a Tutor

If you feel you are in need of tutoring assistance, please complete the Peer Tutoring Request form. This form will be reviewed by the relevant course director(s) who will grant approval.  Once approved, you will be provided the contact information of tutors in your area of academic need.  You will communicate with your tutor and schedule sessions at a time that is mutually convenient.

Any T3 or T4 student needing academic support should contact Mary Tigner-Rasanen in the Office of Medical Education.

Responsibilities of Students Being Tutored

  • Identify areas you would like to work on.  Peer tutors are also students and have busy schedules.  If you have a specific need or concern, let the tutor know. 

  • Be on time and prepared for your sessions. Call your tutor if you will be late or need to reschedule.

  • Complete a brief survey at the end of your tutoring experience to assist in evaluating the overall effectiveness of the PAL program.


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