Peer Learning Association (PLA)

W and Bucky Badger stickers decorate the outside of undergraduate Molly DeLong's laptop computer as she and friend Whitney Bauer (left) study in the Memorial Library. (Photo by Jeff Miller)
 
The Peer Learning Association (PLA) is a registered student organization which provides students with support and opportunities to improve their study and learning skills, to test their understanding and to improve their abilities as self-directed learners.
Our Mission is to promote student collaboration, exchange of ideas, and lasting learning. PLA helps students develop into exemplary scholars by providing support and opportunities designed to improve their study and learning skills, to test their understanding and to improve their abilities as self-directed learners.
 
What Makes Us Unique . . . PLA peer facilitators are trained to focus on the “learning by teaching” method. Using this model, each peer member/student in the peer learning group takes a turn teaching the other peer members one of the key concepts/topics/problems. As a result, the peer group members begin to understand the types of questions they should be asking themselves as they study and prepare for future sessions and for success in the course.
Department of Zoology
250 N. Mills
 
  • “This is a great model for active and engaged learning and would be a benefit in most any class.”  
    -UW Student, Anonymous
     
    “I cannot imagine classes where students would not benefit greatly from something like this."
    -UW Student, Anonymous
     
SUBJECT AREA
  • Biology/Zoology
  • Chemistry
  • Humanities
  • Physics
  • Social Sciences
SPECIFIC COURSE(S)
  • CHEMISTRY 103, 104, 343, 345

  • INTRO BIOLOGY 151/153 and 152

  • PSYCHOLOGY 202

  • PHYSICS 103, 104

TYPE OF SUPPORT
  • Small group
Small group size: 5-12
STUDENTS SERVED
  • Must be enrolled in one of the courses PLA supports

SERVICES PROVIDED BY
  • Undergraduate students
SIGN UP PROCESS
Yes
Monday
CLOSED
Tuesday 4:30 pm or 6:30-7:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm or 6:30-7:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm
Friday CLOSED
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED
Note: We are closed during summer term