Peer Learning Assistant FAQs


General

  • What is a Peer Learning Assistant?
    • There are three types of Peer Learning Assistants:
      • PLAdawgs are undergraduate students who facilitate learning in a course by answering student questions, encouraging discussion, and other duties as assigned by the professor. A PLAdawg will have successfully completed the course in a previous semester. PLAdawgs should show an aptitude for their course content and for peer teaching.
      • PLAleaders are Orientation Leaders who are hired by the Division of Academic Enhancement to facilitate learning in a UNIV course by answering student questions, encouraging discussion, hosting student hours, and other duties as assigned by the professor. PLAleaders should show an aptitude for peer teaching and mentoring.
      • PLAreactors are undergraduate students who facilitate learning in a course that utilizes Reacting to the Past in its curriculum. A PLAreactor will have successfully participated in the Reacting to the Past program in a previous semester.
    • How do I contact someone for more information?
      • Staff can be reached by phone at 706-542-7575 or by email at peerlearningassistants@uga.edu. All questions regarding the PLAreactor program should be directed to reacting@uga.edu.


Working as a Peer Learning Assistant 

  • Why should I seek employment as a Peer Learning Assistant?
    • Working as a Peer Learning Assistant is a great job for students looking to give back to the University. Many of our Peer Learning Assistants benefit from reviewing the material with students. This is especially true for those who are interested in professions that require passing a major exam (MCAT, LSAT, etc.), or who are interested in pursuing professions in education.
  • When can I apply to become a Peer Learning Assistant?
    • Applications generally open in April for the following Fall semester, and in November for the following Spring semester.
  • What are the minimum qualifications for becoming a Peer Learning Assistant?
    • Qualifications are unique to each of the Peer Learning Assistant positions. You can find more information about the qualifications for each of these positions on the Become a Peer Learning Assistant page. 
  • The course that I would like to become a PLAdawg for is not currently offered. What should I do?
    • We always like to hear from students about courses that they feel should be included in our PLAdawg program! Feel free to email peerlearningassistants@uga.edu with any suggestions.
  • What is UNIV 1204?
    • The UNIV 1204 course is designed to teach Peer Learning Assistants how to best share their knowledge and facilitate learning. This course is offered each semester by faculty within the Division of Academic Enhancement. All Peer Learning Assistants are required to complete the UNIV 1204 course within the semester that they are hired.
  • I’ve already taken a UNIV 1204 or similar course. Will I need to retake the course if I am hired as a Peer Learning Assistant?
    • You will not be required to retake UNIV 1204 if you have previously taken the course. Similar courses, such as FCID 3100 or BIOL 3910, may also exempt you from taking the UNIV 1204 course.
  • Will I be paid as a Peer Learning Assistant?
    • Rate of pay is unique to each of the Peer Learning Assistant positions.
      • Volunteer PLAdawgs are not eligible for pay, but receive Experiential Learning Credit.
      • Returning PLAdawgs are paid at a rate of $9/hour.
      • PLAleaders are paid at a rate of $10/hour.
      • PLAreactors are paid depending on the length of the game, from $75 for a one day game to $500 for a 3-5 week game. Payment is disbursed at the end of the semester in which the PLAreactor served.