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PAL – Peer Assisted Learning

October 4, 2010

I volunteered my services as a second year student to be a part of scheme to help first year students with any issues they have with the course. Having found the sessions useful when I myself was a first year I felt that it would be a good thing to get involved with and a great way to network and meet new designers.

We undertook a few training sessions to teach us how to deal with group learning, how to keep people engaged and how to lead groups using various exercises and activities. These sessions were useful for developing public speaking skills and the role play exercises were a good way to simulate the sort of environment we were going to be in. We discussed our concerns and worries about how the first years may respond to us as an authoritative figure and found ways of overcoming these. The thought of it is a little intimidating but all in all I feel confident that I am capable of leading a group of students and help guide them through there first year of studies.

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