Peer-Led Team Learning

What is PLTL?

PLTL (Peer-Led Team Learning) allows you to work in small groups with you classmates to apply or practice similar problem sets you have learned in class. Depending on the course you are enrolled in, you will either attend the PLTL workshops one two hour or two one hour workshops. A PLTL leader will meet with the group to provide the problem sets and help through areas that are difficult to understand.   

What does PLTL do for you?

  • Higher grade in the class that is traditionally difficult (high failure rate)
  • Better understanding of the content, concepts, and how to apply what you learned
  • Make friends
  • Develop your own study groups for other courses
  • Possible future employment opportunities as a PLTL leader (get an A in the class and come talk to us)
  • It is free!!

Who is in the PLTL workshops?

Up to 19 of your classmates and the PLTL leader are the people that will be in the PLTL workshop with you. You will get to know them all and will work with them in small groups to solve problems, ask questions, and learn. 

What courses have PLTL workshop sessions?

All sections of General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II have PLTL workshop sessions. Several sections of College Algebra on the Edinburg campus have PLTL workshop sessions.

When are PLTL workshops scheduled?

The PLTL workshop time is found next to the course in the course schedule. You cannot switch your workshop time for another so please make sure you will be available to attend at the time in the course schedule when you register.

Where are the PLTL workshops held?

The majority of the PLTL workshops are held in or near the Learning Center buildings. In Brownsville, most of the workshops are in the Student Union (BSTUN). In Edinburg, most of the workshops are in the Learning Center building that is now referred to as ELCTR. Some of the workshops are held in classrooms as well. Before the first day of class, you should receive an email from the PLTL Program Coordinator or your PLTL leader that tells you where the workshop will be held. If for some reason you do not receive the email (check spam), then you can contact us. Contact information is below.

What is the PLTL attendance policy?

PLTL workshops are built into the course schedule and require mandatory participation. The PLTL workshop time is included in the course schedule so that you know not to schedule other courses during the workshop time and are aware of the time commitment upon registration so you can make job related arrangements to attend. This program is SO beneficial to your learning and your grades that coming a few times will convince you that it is a good program that you will benefit from. Give us a chance!

Who are the PLTL leaders?

Trust us, you are in good hands! The PLTL leaders are primarily undergraduate students like you, but they have already taken the course you are enrolled in and they earned an “A”. The faculty recommended them to work as PLTL leaders in their courses and the Learning Center interviewed, hired, and trained them.

Can I be a PLTL leader?

If you have taken a course that we offer PLTL workshops for, you received an “A” in the course, you have a 3.0 GPA, and you have 2 faculty recommendations (one must be from this discipline), you are more than welcome to apply for a PLTL leader position. You can find an application on this website under “Employment Opportunities.”

How do I get more Information?

Please contact us! Our departmental email is learningcenter@utrgv.edu.

In the email, please indicate if you are inquiring about our services in Brownsville, Edinburg, or both.

Brownsville

Location of Main Office: BSTUN 2.10

Phone for Main Office: (956) 882-8208

Edinburg

Location of Main Office: ELCTR 100

Phone for Main Office: (956) 665-2585