PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Schemes) are commonplace at the world's top universities, in many subjects. Offered to first year students, our goal is to ease your transition to university-style learning, improving your grades, building a community within the year, and offering opportunities to immerse yourself in the subject beyond your lectures.
At EconPALS, our main activity has always been our weekly sessions: curriculum-focused seminars, led by experienced higher-year students.
What do we do?
Five 90-minute weekly sessions to choose from, covering material from the previous week's lectures and tutorials
Your real-time feedback makes sure we're giving you the most useful experience
Sessions specifically tailored to essay-writing, exam techniques and more
Discuss course material alongside peers, with the guidance of older-year students who share their knowledge and experience through advice and couse guidance
A network of support
Take the opportunity in our sessions to communicate directly to your lecturers the most challenging topics; your lecturer will create EconPALS-exclusive content to fill your knowledge gaps!
Talk directly to our leaders and support team anonymously about anything, academic or otherwise. on our forum
Pick your professor's brains about what the look for in exams, essays, and more in Q&As within sessions
A fun break during the day which would arm me with positivity through the relaxed learning approach.
The perfect win-win combination of improving yourself while helping and meeting new students.
They've fostered my love for Economics, allowed me to form great friendships and consistently been one of the highlights of my week.
Reassuring to a first year just beginning to find his feet in the big pond that is university life.
Summits Travel with us to hear great economic speakers and go beyond the curriculum at conferences across the UK
Compete Team up and compete against your leaders in Economics Society events throughout the year
Socials EconPALS is a community, and we put on various social events (some more academic than others!)
Why should you get involved?
Regular attendees averaged marks two grades higher than non-attendees in mid-term exams.
Winner of the 2017 Edinburgh University Student Association Impact Awards 'best PALS Scheme' + multiple leader nominations for 'Outstanding Student Leader'.
90% of members found us excellent or fantastic, and 100% said EconPALS provided great content and insight for their course.
We collaborate closely with the School of Economics, Student Union, and are a part of the Economics Society.