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Interested in Becoming a Peer Leader? Apply now!

We are currently looking to recruit Peer Leaders for the fall 2018 semester. If you have taken PSYN 370 and/or BIOL 160 and are interested in becoming a Peer Leader please apply now - application linked here:

FilePeer Leader Training Recruitment Form Fall 2018.docx

If you have any questions contact Davida Smyth (dsmyth1@mercy.edu).

Peer-Led Team Learning

Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL) is an innovative instruction method that supplements traditional course lectures with a peer-led discussion workshop.

Peer Leaders are currently enrolled students who have successfully completed the course they are leading and have been trained to ensure that the students taking part in the workshop are actively and productively engaged with the material and with each other. In-class workshops are composed of small groups of students paired with a Peer Leader in a ratio of 6-8:1 and generally involve problem solving activities, worksheets, or discussions of the class material. All workshop materials are designed to foster student collaboration and cooperation.

What are the Benefits of PLTL?
  • The format of the workshops results in a supportive environment that encourages questions and discussions. This enhances conceptual understanding of the material. 
  • Students learn to work effectively as part of a team and their communication skills also improve.
  • Peer Leaders learn how to be effective in the classroom and to manage groups. Along with leading in-class workshops, Peer Leaders also engage in educational research based on their experiences.