Peer Assisted Learning Service Tutoring Program

The mission of the PALS program is to provide supplemental academic resources and peer tutoring to students in the first-and second-year curriculum. Developed in the Fall of 2012, the PALS program is coordinated by Student Services is organized by a student PALS coordinator.  All students may take advantage of the PALS tutoring program.  Students may be “walk-ins” for tutoring services during the evening tutor sessions or schedule appointments with the PALS tutor coordinator.  Students who utilize the PALS tutoring services must pay an additional $3 to the PALS tutor for each hour of service. 

Format

  • The tutoring program will be held 2 times per week. The following day were chosen to specifically help students negotiate examination schedules.
    • Sunday and Wednesday nights for the first semester of the first academic year tutoring.
    • Wednesday and Thursday nights for the second semester of the first academic year  tutoring.
    • Saturday and Wednesday nights for the second academic year tutoring.
  • The evening tutor sessions will run from 6:00pm-9:00pm and be held in the large study rooms on the first floor.
  • Each night there will be at least 1 tutor for each subject. Not all PALS tutors are expected to work each evening.
  • The program will begin:
    • After the first block exams for first year tutoring
    • After the second block exams for second year tutoring
  • A PALS tutor coordinator will assign PALS tutor schedules and be the main contact for students seeking tutor opportunities. 

Choosing Tutors

  • Qualified students may apply to be a PALS tutor in the Department of Medical Education.  As part of the application process they will need to meet minimum grade requirements to be eligible to teach a subject:
    • If the student is in the second year of the curriculum and would like to tutor a first year course he/she must be in the top quartile OR have earned a 50% or above on the topic NBME subject exam for which he/she will tutor.
    • If the student is in the second year of the curriculum and would like to tutor a second year course, he/she must be in the top quartile OR have exam scores that are above the class mean after the first 2 block examinations. Tutors must maintain above average exam scores for the duration of the tutoring commitment.
    • If a student is in the first year of the curriculum and would like to tutor a first year course, he/she must have exam scores that are above the class mean after the first 2 block examinations. Tutors must maintain above average exam scores for the duration of the tutoring commitment.
    • Any MD/PhD student or a student in the third and fourth year of the curriculum that would like to tutor first or second year courses must be in the top quartile OR have earned a 50% or above on the topic NBME subject exam for which he/she will tutor.

Interested in being a PALS tutor?

Submit an application, along with a cover letter and an updated CV electronically to StudentServicesMedicine@hsc.wvu.edu .