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UH West Oʻahu math program welcomes student PALs


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If you are a University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu student who enjoys math, has a strong desire to help other students learn, and would like to earn some extra money, then consider becoming a PAL — a Peer Academic Leader.

The Broadening Engagement in Mathematics Participation and Readiness Education (BE-MathPREP) program is looking for PALs for the fall 2022 semester.

“Becoming a PAL is a very rewarding experience,” said Dr. Eric Kobayashi, BE-MathPREP Tutor Coordinator. “PALs develop leadership and workforce skills by supporting the faculty from the math department and helping their peers experience success in their math courses.”

Through the PAL program, BE-MathPREP — a three-year project at UH West O‘ahu with nearly $300,000 funded by the National Science Foundation — aims to establish a supportive and engaging learning community, affirm the value of the teaching profession, and inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in education. Student PALs will receive $13.05 an hour.

PAL qualification requirements:

  • Bea current student attending the UH West O‘ahu.
  • Have completed and received a grade of B or better in the specific course for which applying.
  • Be available during the specific course for which applying.
  • Have effective writing, speaking, listening, and presentation skills.
  • Have a strong desire to help other students learn, and some ability or high interest in leading discussions, tutoring, etc.
  • Participate in training sessions to learn teaching techniques and study skills to share with students.
  • Be willing to work with college students, faculty, and academic staff.

This position works directly with the BE-MathPREP project staff, math faculty, and the No‘eau Center. PALs are expected to perform other duties as assigned.

PAL duties and expectations:

  • Facilitate tutoring and academic support sessions. This may include leading group discussion on the contents of a lecture, assisting with worksheets, problem solving assignments, etc.
  • Attend all class sessions, take thorough notes of lectures, and read all assigned materials, including texts and supplemental readings.
  • Attend required training and meet regularly with course instructor and tutor coordinator to plan and communicate progress of tutoring sessions.
  • Consult with course instructors to incorporate collaborative and active learning techniques to aid students in mastering course material.
  • Be a role model for other students.

Students who would like to learn more about becoming a PAL may contact Dr. Eric Kobayashi at or Dr. Veny Liu at

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