What is PALS?

Peer Assisted Learning Sessions (PALS) are 50-minute group tutoring sessions run by students who have recently completed a specific unit. PALS is aimed at assisting students in working through the course content, revising and keeping up to date with their studies in order to increase performance and decrease stress levels come exam time.

 

What is the role of a PALS tutor?

PALS tutors are required to prepare for and run weekly tutorial sessions in order to assist students with the relevant course content for that week. PALS tutors may choose to briefly review the entire week’s lecture content or to focus on a specific area of difficulty. PALS tutors may also assist students in answering exam-style questions and preparing for exams in general. PALS tutors are not expected to provide help with assignments.

 

Expectations

  • Prepare for weekly tutorial sessions
  • Upload any relevant material (such as PowerPoint slides) following the PALS classes to the relevant PALS Facebook group
  • Ensure the materials used are up to date and coincide with those used in lectures (i.e. by checking the Unit Guide and other CloudDeakin resources)
  • Check in with the PALS Officer on a fortnightly basis

 

Time Commitment and Payment

  • Hourly rate is $25
  • PALS tutors are paid for 2x hours of preparation and 2x hours of classes per week (totalling a maximum of $100 per week)

 

Selection Criteria

Academic expectations

  • Received at least 75 in the relevant subject (preferably 80+); and
  • Distinction WAM in LLB overall

 

Experience

  • Prior tutoring experience is preferable
  • Experience in public speaking or leadership roles is ideal

 

Skills and Characteristics

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Enthusiastic, approachable and motivated
  • Highly reliable

 

How to apply?

 Applicants must complete the below application form

Apply here!

Also, applicants must submit an unofficial statement of results to Emma Dixon at pals-coordinator@deakinlss.org as proof of marks.

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