Parent Organization: University of Wisconsin - Madison

What is PLA?

PLA (Peer Learning Association) is a professional student organization that establishes and runs free small group study sessions led by Peer Facilitators. In these sessions, students have to opportunity to test their understanding of course material by presenting their understanding of key topics to classmates in an informal setting. Topic lists are assigned weekly and students can easily prepare for them as part of their normal studying.

Why join PLA?

As a student...

PLA is unique in its direct communication with teaching faculty and staff, who help determine which topics are assigned for our sessions. Additionally, each lecture is attended by a PLA officer and online course material is typically available to Peer Facilitators.

Thus, complete participation in our sessions ensures that group members keep up with the most important concepts over the course of the semester.

As a Peer Facilitator...

There are many academic and professional benefits to being a Peer Facilitator:

Facilitators gain a comprehensive review of course material that benefits them as students in advanced courses or in preparation for GREs, the MCAT, PCAT and other standardized tests.

In addition to their sessions, Facilitators also attend a weekly meeting with PLA officers to recieve continued training and support for their sessions.

Additionally, Facilitators gain valuable leadership skills in their sessions and professional development training during weekly meetings. Facilitators may also advance to officer positions, where they often develop relationships with University faculty and staff while working on PLA development projects.

How can I join PLA?

Facilitators and Lecture Managers must attend training sessions at the beginning of each semester and enroll for credit before the UW enrollment deadline.

How can I join a PLA Peer Session?

Peer Session Sign-Ups are available for the following courses:

Psych 202

Physics 104

Chemistry 104, 343-345

Introductory Biology  151/153-152




Peer session enrollment typically re-opens following every major exam in each course. Arrangements can also be made by contacting pla@rso.wisc.edu. 

Membership Requirements (for example: GPA requirements, membership fees)

1. Attendance at all Facilitator Meetings and assigned Peer Facilitated Study Sessions. 2. Agree with Program Values, Purpose and Philosophy 3. Must apply to be a part of the program. 4. Must go through an informal interview process. 5. Must be competent in the area of study that the facilitator will be holding peer facilitated study sessions for.

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Jean Heitz

Address 250 N. Mills St.
Madison, WI 53715
United States
Phone Number P:(608) 692-9855