Targeted Peer Assisted Learning

Academic Support/Resources

Building on a well-established and successful academic support model at the University of Minnesota, Targeted Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) sessions are structured supplemental learning sessions that bring international students together with their domestic classmates in meaningful cooperative learning experiences. PAL sessions are facilitated by rigorously trained undergraduate students, who guide participants through planned activities leading toward mastery and deeper understanding of course concepts. Facilitators of the Targeted PAL sessions receive additional preparation relative to issues specific to international students, such as educational system differences, cultural differences, and academic learning in a second language. In its pilot semester, this program supports five courses in geography, computer science, and anthropology, identified through an analysis of enrollment patterns and grade trends among international students.