Peer Led Undergraduate Study (PLUS) Center Group Sessions are available for the following courses:
Psy 001,010--Group Study Sessions
Econ 001,010,100--Group Study Sessions
Soc 001,005--Group Study Sessions--coming in Spring'22
PH 001,005,100--Group Study Sessions--coming in Spring '22
Japanese 002,004--Walk in Sessions
One time Registration is required to attend weekly study sessions that will last the duration of the semester.
For PLUS Session Schedules, see our Google Calendar.
UC Merced tutoring and learning support services have been reorganized to help make our offerings more transparent and accessible to students and to better align with academic learning support needs. Peer Led Undergraduate Support (PLUS) Center Group Study Sessions are now available. You can also find support through the STEM Tutoring Hub for many lower division Math, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science courses. You can access one-on-one writing consultations through the University Writing Center. All learning support services are provided free of charge!
(Note: PALS has merged with other tutoring centers in the Division of Undergraduate Education and is now a part of this new umbrella of services under UCM Learning Support. In addition to the STEM Tutoring Hub and University Writing Center, by mid-semester we will be launching a third support center with focus on directed group study offerings, particularly for courses outside of STEM. Keep an eye out for those new offerings coming soon!)
About the Program
Peer Led Undergraduate Support (PLUS) Center focuses on critical thinking skills and meeting students where they are. It relies on peers who collaborate to learn and teach each other. It is unencumbered by the traditional power structures that exist in the classroom. As such, peer assisted learning advances the idea of learning communities by providing a less restrictive learning environment, increasing accessibility to knowledge, and modeling learning behaviors and skills that encourage success.
We encourage you to collaborate; we encourage you to learn.
PLUS Center requires its Peer Leads/tutors to complete prescribed trainings which complement their subject knowledge and enhance critical skills. In accordance with this, Peer Leads/tutors regularly attend trainings and continue their work with professional development modules. Peer Leads work hard to meet the training requirements and meet the face-to-face hours with clients/students necessary to reach milestones. To find out more about becoming a Peer Lead, click here, or check our regularly updated Student Employment page.
✓ Do support the learning process
✓ Do provide opportunities for personal and academic growth
✓ Do ask questions
✓ Do expect you to participate in the learning
✓ Do encourage independence
✗ Don't provide answers
✗ Don't do homework for you
Peer Led Undergraduate Support (PLUS) will provide a portfolio for learning in many courses, primarily for SSHA, but also for critical thinking skills for the campus, and it is free. We have group study sessions to complement specific courses. Our Peer Leads are trained and will support you through the learning process. Check the Learning Support Schedule to see the many subjects available.
How to make the most of the Learning Session
You will benefit the most from a session if you are prepared. You need to have read the related materials and completed or attempted to complete your work. You should focus on what it is that you need help with prior to session. This will save time and allow the Peer Lead to spend time helping you through the learning process rather than trying to figure out what the issue is. Come to the session with a focused issue or specific questions regarding the subject. Please bring necessary materials such as your book, computer, prompts/instructions, or anything else that will help you with your work and help the Learning Assistant better understand the assignment or the issue.
If there is no session for the subject you need help with, you have options: Go to instructor office hours, visit the TA, or join/create a study group. You can also ask questions in class. It is very likely that if you have questions about class or ideas/concepts, other students do too. Take a few minutes to get to know your peers in class, and ask if they would like to form a study group. The most efficient study groups have a purpose, and its members have a function: Consider the location when meeting (learning environment); decide on a group focus for each session (maintain purpose); and assign roles to members (task oriented).
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