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Academic Department PALS Nomination Form

PALS and Academic Departments

PALS Study Sessions or SI/Supplementary Instruction is an internationally recognised program that operates globally within third level.

PALS has been in operation in CIT for the past four years as a project of the Student Engagement Office (AnSEO). PALS was first piloted to three departments and continues to expand each year and now operates in ten departments.

PALS works closely with a number of departments and staff sharing the goals of assisting students to maximise their academic success.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT RUNNING A PALS SCHEME

  • Collaborate with PALS Officer to nominate PALS Study Leaders.
  • Complete the academic reference above for nominated students (PALS Project Officer takes the lead in the certified training of leaders in conjunction with the International Centre for PASS/SI the University of Lund, Sweden).
  • Ensure PALS Study Leaders have necessary resources for sessions if requested. For example key concepts to emphasize in sessions.
  • Be the reference point for PALS Study Leaders in regard to clarifying academic questions and issues raised in the study sessions.
  • Collaborate with the PALS Officer in the organisation of timetabling of sessions and venue for sessions. The PALS Officer will propose a timetable but will seek the Department staff’s input as to suitability of times and venues.
  • Ensure that relevant assignment deadlines are available to the PALS Leaders for the first year group attending the study sessions.
  • Ensure that the PALS Leaders are given the opportunity to visit and promote the PALS Study Sessions to all the first year classes at the beginning of first semester and second semester.

CRITERIA FOR BEING A PALS STUDY LEADER

The following are some criteria guidelines for Head of Departments and staff to view prior to nominating suitable second year students for the role of PALS Study Leaders.

  • General academic achievement in the relevant course in which the PALS Study Session is running.
  • The ability to be a good role model for the first years.
  • Reliability: somebody who takes their responsibilities seriously as well as their study.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to learn and contribute to the Program’s development.
  • Good time management so that involvement in PALS will not interfere or jeopardize own academic study (a minimum of 2 hours should be allocated per week during S1 and S2. One hour for the study session and one hour of preparation.)
  • Ensure that the PALS Leaders are given the opportunity to visit and promote the PALS Study Sessions to all the first year classes at the beginning of first semester and second semester.

Queries or questions? Email Marese Bermingham, Head, Student Engagement Office/Head, Teaching and Learning Unit at marese.bermingham@cit.ie or call 021 4326133

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Academic Dept Nomination for PALS Study Leaders

Please fill out the form to nominate a student from your department to be a PALS Study Leader.
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