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Peer Mentoring and Peer Assisted Learning

New students can hear advice from a trained mentor to help them settle into Higher Education life. All new students will receive an email at the start of their first academic year to invite you to take part.

How Peer Mentoring can help you

A mentor is a trained and experienced student who provides guidance and support to new students at Bloomsbury Institute. The mentoring relationship is informal and structured, allowing the mentor to help the mentee with any academic, social, financial, or personal concerns.

Mentors meet with their mentees approximately every two weeks during the first two terms to discuss any questions or issues they may have. The mentor is there to support the mentee throughout their university journey and help make the most of their university experience.

Here’s what some of our students have had to say:

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’I have gained a sense of confidence and independence, and I feel more responsible. I have also found it easier to connect with people. My mentor has been instrumental in helping me take chances and succeed in my university journey.”

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’I aim to be a supportive mentor and help my mentee navigate the challenges that come with starting university. I share my own experiences and lessons learned, hoping to provide helpful insights and guidance for a smoother and more successful university experience.”

Get in touch

If you would like to take part in our Peer Mentoring programme, as either a mentor or mentee, please email

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a student-to-student support scheme, where higher year students facilitate study sessions for lower year students. Students who can attend PAL sessions have the PAL sessions scheduled on their academic timetables.

During the sessions, students work as a group on activities relevant to their academic work. At the end of the session, or even before the session, students can set the agenda for the session.


  • Higher year students providing advice to students from a lower year group on study strategies.
  • Signposting to the other services available in the Institute.
  • Enhance students understanding of the subject matter of their course through collaborative discussion.


  • A compulsory session for people who are struggling: everyone can get something from PAL sessions!
  • Re-teaching content or introducing new material.
  • Answering specific questions on upcoming assignments or giving feedback on assignments.

Benefits of becoming a PAL Leader

Taking up the role as a PAL Leader comes with lots of benefits, including:

Interested in being a Peer Assisted Learning Leader?  

Simply click here and follow the instructions.

If you have any questions, please email

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