What Is PAL?
Clemson has a very successful system that helps student learn more form their peers, and not just from the professor. These optional sessions are called PAL (peer assisted learning) sessions, and each session for each course is held twice every week. A PAL leader is a fellow student who has previously taken the same class/course, and did well in it. Now they are retaking the class with you and setting up times during the week to meet up with the students in the class, and going over material that maybe doesn't make sense, or is hard to understand. My first semester at Clemson I took chemistry, and it had a PAL leader. I didn't go to very many of these sessions, and I think if I would have went more often I would have done better in that class than I did. In the beginning of my second semester at Clemson, I found out that I had a PAL leader for my MATH 2070 class. I was very excited about this because I knew that if I had any trouble in that class that I would have a fellow student that knows the material very well to help me. I think that PAL sessions can help students succeed in school, and I predict that if I go to them my grades will be very high.
Teachers are like coaches. They teach you what you need to know, but sometimes teachers don't teach you everything you need to know, and other times students don't always understand what the teacher is telling them. This is where a PAL leader comes into play. My PAL leaders name is Danielle, and to me she isn't like a coach, but more like a teammate. She helps me understand the things I didn't understand from the teacher, and she gives the class more worksheets to help us practice the things we need practicing.
To get better at something like math, you have to practice. The more practice you get, the better you will be at it. That's what PAL is for. If you don't show up, you can't get the extra help and practice, and that is hindering you from getting better. I was attending my PAL sessions a good bit at the beginning of the semester, but I attended more because I had time to. When my other classes started getting harder, and giving me more heavy work, I stopped going as much as I wanted to. When I stopped going as much I noticed that my test grade went down a letter grade from the first one (C to D). I go as much as I can because I want to better myself. I always feel on top of my game, and better about my math skills after I attend a PAL session because I get extra practice, and I have a fellow student answering all of the questions that I have.