Palomar College STEM Program

Science * Technology * Engineering * Math

Peer Led Study (formerly Supplemental Instruction SI)

Peer Led Study (formerly Supplemental Instruction – SI) Program

The Peer Led Study (PLS) program targets historically challenging academic courses that have been roadblocks to the success of students pursuing a degree in STEM. Specifically, the PLS Program at the Palomar Community College supports the learning development of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students to ensure their academic success in order to become engaged contributors in their communities.

Role of the PLS Mentors

PLS Mentors are model students who have demonstrated mastery of the course subject and have exceptional critical thinking and organizational skills. PLS Mentors are students who have previously done well in the course with the same instructor whom they are now working together with as a team. Collaboratively, the PLS Mentors and the Instructor develop strategies to help student become actively engaged in their own learning and strengthen their academic performance. PLS Mentors attend all class lectures, take notes, read all assigned material, and act as model students. PLS Mentors provide the following:

  • Regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-facilitated sessions.
  • Facilitate group work and promote collaborative learning and critical thinking
  • Demonstrate appropriate application of study strategies to support student success
  • Real life examples of successful study and learning habits
  • Informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings and develop organizational tools
  • An environment that encourages the social and communicative skills of students

Peer Led Study sessions for Fall 2017 have begun. 

PLS sessions are open to all students at Palomar College.

Please contact the STEM Center, (760) 744-1150 ext 2265, if you have any questions about the PLS Program.