PAL Programs

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah McCaslin, Peer Assisted Learning Coordinator at ulc_pal@usask.ca


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Peer Mentors can play a lead role in one of the following academic student support initiatives:

Grad Help Peer Mentors 

Grad Help Peer Mentors are graduate students who help their fellow graduate students through reflection on their own experiences. Grad Help Peer Mentors plan and facilitate workshops on topics of interest to graduate students, across the disciplines, and across graduate degrees. Possible topics include: student-supervisor relationships, journal writing, and getting ready for fieldwork. Some topics, such as how to apply for grant funding, may be of interest to undergraduate students as well as graduate students.

Time Commitment (5 hours/week)

  • PAL Meeting (ULC staff & all Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • Grad Help Meeting (GH Coordinator & GH Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • Workshops: 5-6 per term
  • Content preparation and online updates: 3 to 4 hours per workshop topic

 

Learning Communities

As a Learning Communities (LC) Peer Mentor, you have the opportunity to mentor a group of first-year or residence or interest based students, helping them navigate their transition to university and prepare them for a successful academic career. In collaboration with your co-Peer Mentor, you will lead and facilitate dynamic weekly meetings with a group of students who are enrolled in a set of common courses or live in residence or are interested in a common theme or issue. These students will learn together, support each other, develop learning strategies and skills, and collaborate on and make connections between their courses (and their world) as an academic community. LC Peer Mentors also have opportunities for one-on-one interaction and collaboration with U of S faculty, instructors, and alumni. Additionally, you will be supported and mentored by—and maintain regular communications with—LC and ULC staff.

There are two teams of LC staff who coordinate the Learning Community program, the University Learning Centre and the College of Arts & Science. In collaboration with LC staff, LC Peer Mentor pairs are responsible for preparing and delivering information on effective study strategies, facilitating group study sessions, introducing guest speakers, initiating discussions, modeling learning strategies, and—most importantly—mentoring and building their community.

Learning Communities Coordinated by the ULC:

Kinesiology LCs: for first year Kinesiology students

Agriculture and Bioresources LCs: for first year Agriculture and Bioresources students

Engineering LCs: for first year Engineering students

Living Learning Communities (LLC): for students who share common interests and/or goals and live together in the same area of Residence

Time Commitment for ULC LCs (5 hours/week)

  • PAL Meeting (ULC Staff & PAL Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • LC Meeting (LC Staff from the ULC & LC Peer Mentors): 1 hour every week
  • LC Hour (meeting with LC students & LC Peer Mentors): 1 hour every week
  • Meeting with co-Peer Mentor, content preparation and planning, communication with students, submitting attendance data, online reflections: 2 hours/week

Learning Communities Coordinated by the College of Arts and Science:

FLEX (First-year Learning Experience) LCs: for first year College of Arts and Science Students and St. Thomas More – STM students.

ASAP (Aboriginal Student Achievement Program) LCs: for first year Aboriginal students including the ASAP Living Learning Communities.

UTRAN (University Transition Program) LCs: for first year students of the University Transition Program.

Time Commitment for Arts and Science LCs (5 hours/week)

  • PAL Meeting (ULC Staff & PAL Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • LC Meeting (LC Staff from the College of Arts and Science & LC Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • LC Hour (meeting with LC students & LC Peer Mentors): 1 hour every week
  • Meeting with co-Peer Mentor, content preparation and planning, communication with students, submitting attendance data, online reflections: 2 hours/week

 

Library Skills

Library Skills Peer Mentors work with the U of S library staff along with the University Learning Centre to introduce students to the library system and help them develop basic library skills. Basic library skills include conducting searches in the library's catalogue and databases, accessing and retrieving materials at the library, and using library research tools. Library Skills Peer Mentors will have the chance to develop leadership skills by working one to one with students and/or leading small support sessions or workshops.

Time Commitment (5 hours/week)

  • PAL Meeting (ULC staff & all Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • Library Skills group meeting: 1 hour/week
  • Content preparation, drop-in office and programming hours: 2 to 4 hours/week

 

Structured Study Sessions

Structured Study Session (SSS) Peer Mentors run collaborative weekly study sessions in some of the larger more challenging introductory courses. SSS peer mentors help students to identify important concepts covered during lectures, provide exercises and sample problems for students to solve, and help students consolidate their learning, all in an informal environment. SSS Peer Mentors will have recently completed the class they support and act as a guide in study sessions,. The role of a SSS Peer Mentor is to support and help motivate students to learn in a study group format, ideally strengthening a student’s performance in the course and study skills. SSS Peer Mentors are not expected to provide one-to-one tutoring support or teach/re-teach course material. Students applying to this program must have a final grade of 80% or above in the class they will support.

It is anticipated that we will need SSS Peer Mentors in certain 100 level classes in the following subject areas: Math, Physics and Biology.

Time Commitment (5-10 hours/week)

  • PAL Meeting (ULC staff & all Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • SSS Program Meeting (SSS Coordinator & SSS Peer Mentors) :  average 1/2 hour per week
  • Lecture Attendance: 3 hours/week
  • Offer Structured Study Sessions: 1.5-3 hours per week
  • Content preparation & organization: 2 hours/week

 

Study Skills Program

Peer Mentors working with the Study Skills Program design and lead small-group workshops in a variety of topics in study skills, including learning styles, how to manage one's time, and preparing for and writing university exams. Study Skills Peer Mentors also provide on-line and in-person support to students with study skills, referrals and transitioning to university.

Time Commitment (5 hours/week)

  • PAL Meeting (ULC staff & all Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • Study Skills Program Meeting (SS Coordinator & SS Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • Workshops: 5-6 per term
  • Content preparation and online updates: 3 to 4 hours per workshop topic
  • Online and in-person support: approximately 1 hour/week

 

Tech Help

The Tech Help Peer mentorship program is a partnership between Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the University Learning Centre (ULC). Tech Help Peer Mentors work within the expansive, exciting and evolving world of technology. Tech Peers prepare and lead small-group workshops in a variety of technology-related topics. The goal of Tech Help Peer Mentors is to increase “tech-literacy” across campus.

Time Commitment (5 hours/week)

  • PAL Meeting (ULC staff & all Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • Tech Help Program Meeting (with ULC Tech Help Coordinator): 1 hour every other week
  • Workshops 4-6 per term
  • Content preparation and Blogging: 1 to 2 hours/week


Undergraduate Research (NEW!)

A new Undergraduate Research workshop series has just begun! Embracing the goal of “undergraduate students helping undergraduate students with academic endeavours”, this exciting collaboration between the Undergraduate Research Initiative and the University Learning Centre offers a new way for undergraduates to connect with the research mission of our institution.  In this subprogram, Undergraduate Research Peer Mentors develop and deliver workshops and drop-in sessions that promote research skill development and capacity building among undergraduate students across all academic disciplines.

Time Commitment (5 hours/week)

  • PAL Meeting (ULC staff & all Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • Undergraduate Research Program Meeting (UR Coordinator & UR Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • Content preparation, workshop delivery and or/drop in sessions: 2-4 hours/week


Writing Help

There is a range of options for Writing Help Peer Mentors: developing and delivering workshops or group writing sessions; researching and reporting on writing centre best practices; developing online resources; assisting with program assessment; helping students in the Writing Centre; or collaborating with Library Peer Mentors to deliver workshops or other programming.

Time Commitment (5 hours/week)

  • PAL Meeting (ULC staff & all Peer Mentors): 1 hour every other week
  • Writing Help program meeting: 1 hour every other week (alternating with PAL meetings)
  • Content preparation, office hour and online updates, and, if applicable, workshop delivery and/or helping students at the writing centre: 3 hours/week

Questions?

If you would like additional information on a PAL Peer Mentor position, please stop by the University Learning Centre or send an email to: ulc_pal@usask.ca

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