Three students and their PSL Leader in a class room working on problems

Become a PSL Leader

PSL is now hiring for the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters!

We are seeking leaders for the following courses:


Course Number


What you need to know…

PSL Leaders  facilitate free, regularly scheduled study/learning sessions for traditionally difficult courses at VIU.  Leaders are trained to facilitate engaging, active learning sessions to assist students in learning the content along with developing study and learning skills that can be used throughout their educational journey. As part of a diverse, larger team PSL Leaders also collaborate to create different learning activities for their specific content area. Most leaders work approximately 6-8 hours per week.

Why should you apply to be a PSL Leader?

  • It is a paid position
  • You will be provided training that is transferable to any workplace
  • Looks great on a resume
  • Assists with your own learning skills
  • Work with other peers as a larger team
  • Provides solid foundation in the content of the course
  • Recognized as a Co-curricular activity (extra transcript identifying your leadership skills)

Personal Suitability


  • Earned a grade of B+ or higher in the selected course (A- for psychology).
  • Have effective communication skills.
  • Are capable of working with students with diverse backgrounds.
  • Are approachable with an interest in leading groups and assisting students during their first and second year of university.
  • Should have a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Are self-directed
  • Are patient and understanding of challenges for first year students

Leader’s Primary Activities

  • Attend mandatory pre-semester training before classes begin; both remote learning and face-to-face learning will be required

    (Tentatively scheduled for either August 23, 24 or 25 - to be confirmed)

  • Work an average of 6-8 hours per week; this may include remote and/or face-to-face
    • Attend the assigned course
    • Plan and conduct two engaging, collaborative study sessions each week
    • Meet as needed with the professor of your course
    • Attend ongoing training sessions/meetings (occur once or twice per month for approx. 2 hours)
    • Communicate with students, fellow leaders and coordinator as required
  • Provide one hour per week in the PSL Help Centre

Application Process

To be considered for this position, applicants must complete the following:

Attend one of the following:

    1. Four (4) or more PSL sessions during their time at VIU
    2. or A PSL Information Session to learn more about the position (more information below)
    3. or Meet with the PSL Coordinator

Complete the online Application Form

As part of the application process you need to get a recommendation from a professor in the area you wish to support. To do this please fill out the Faculty Recommendation Form OR e-mail the information below your professor of choice and ask them to forward it to Information to be included in your e-mail asking for a reference:

You have been asked to provide a reference. The student requesting a reference has applied for a position as a Peer-Supported Learning Leader (PSL) for the upcoming academic year. Your input is a valuable part of the application process as we strive to select the most qualified, competent PSL Leaders.

Not only do PSL leaders require a good academic record, PSL leaders are also students who:

  • Are approachable
  • Demonstrate responsible student behavior, and
  • Communicate effectively

By forwarding this e-mail you agree that this student meets the minimum qualities to serve effectively as a PSL Leader at Vancouver Island University.

    If you have any questions or require information about the application process, email

    Information Sessions

    Information Sessions give interested students a chance to learn more about the role of a PSL Leader.

    Upcoming Info Sessions

    We currently do not have any upcoming PSL info sessions. Stay tuned!