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Students engage in course discussion during PLTL

About Peer-Led Team Learning

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) is a program designed to enhance student performance in science and mathematics by increasing exposure of course materials. PLTL sessions are proven to create a supportive learning environment, improve students’ understanding of material covered in the classroom, and help students earn a higher grade. During these small group sessions, students explore different problem-solving techniques, engage in active learning, and contribute to a teamwork environment. A Peer Academic Leader (PAL) who has successfully completed the course facilitates the session and may review some aspects of the material covered in class, but the dynamics of discussions are centered on facilitating problem solving techniques and collaborative learning.

PLTL is an optional academic service, which students sign up for during the first week of classes. Program runs from the second week through the fifteenth week of classes for fall and spring terms. Sessions are aligned with course material and are held weekly for ninety minutes.

Signing-up for PLTL

Announcements for available PLTL sessions are usually made by the Professor during the first day of class. Students are provided with a link to sign up for PLTL, which must be done by no later than the first Friday of the term. By signing-up, students are committed to attend their chosen session for the entire term, which on average runs for thirteen weeks. For PLTL policies and guidelines, please refer to the PLTL Syllabus located at the top, right hand side of this page.

About Our PALs

Our Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) are current Miami Dade College STEM students who have excelled in their courses, specifically math and chemistry. They are high achieving students who are interested in supporting their campus community by tutoring their peers, leading Peer-led Team Learning sessions, and working with faculty to support course-based projects. At the STEM Center, PALs may review and explain assignments, and help students better understand their course material. They do not provide answers to homework, quizzes, exams, etc.