Office of Education Development and Gateway Education

PALSI - The Peer-Assisted Learning scheme using Supplemental Instruction


This experience gives me a deeper understanding on 'teaching is learning'.

- Mr Chenwei CAO, PALSI Leader (AP, 2011 Graduate)

PALSI is a meaningful scheme to help Year 1 students like me to facilitate a smooth transition from secondary school to university study.

- Miss Polly YUEN, PALSI Students (MS, 2010 Graduate)

[More comments from students]

What is PALSI?

PALSI is a peer-assisted learning scheme using Supplemental Instruction (SI) model. PALSI aims at enhancing students' understanding in course materials and improve students'overall learning and reasoning skills. Regularly scheduled, out-of-class and peer-facilitated review sessions are open to all students taking the PALSI courses.

As PALSI is a course-based learning initiative, senior students who have performed well in the department core courses are invited to be PALSI Leaders. They meet with junior students (called PALSI Students) studying in the same course to discuss academic work and share tips on effective learning strategies.

Why should you join PALSI?

PALSI is an academic support initiative that targets who want to get better grade in their courses, especially for Year One students.

The transition from secondary school education to university study is challenging. You have to adapt to different learning modes and environments. Let us help you improve on the grades. The cumulative effects of GPA (Grade Points Average) will bring significant impacts for further opportunities in your university study and beyond (e.g. internship, exchange, graduate honours, etc.) if you perform poorly in the first year study.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

On graduation, you are expected to achieve the Graduate Outcomes.

Aligned with the Graduate Outcomes, the ILOs for PALSI were developed. Upon completion of PALSI, you will be able to:

  • identify their own learning needs & interests
  • explain the expectations and outcomes of the course
  • develop an active and reflective attitude for learning
  • apply effective learning strategies and skills for university study
  • collaborate with other learning partners to learn more effectively
  • identify opportunities for  discovery and innovation

PALSI operations

The Scheme runs for 8 weeks, from Week 5 to Week 12 of the Semester.

PALSI Leaders meet with the corresponding group of PALSI Students 2 hours per week. PALSI Leaders will assist their students to prepare for classes, formulate study plans and review course materials in order to help improve their learning skills and master the course content well. PALSI Students should prepare for the session by studying beforehand, identify the focus of the session and set learning goals.

PALSI Mentors are trained student helpers who will have session visits, collect PALSI members' opinions and complete observation record.

Reflections/ Comments from Past PALSI Leaders and Students

Both past PALSI Leaders and Students found the Scheme useful in helping new students master the subject matters, and both Leaders and Students report an improvement in their thinking and organizational skills upon completion of the Scheme. Please refer to the individual pieces of reflection. [Read more]

For enquiry or nomination of PALSI courses (by Course Examiners)

Please contact Mrs Carmen LI-PONG at 34426662 or if you want to nominate your course or have any questions.