PILOT (Peer-led Team Learning)

PILOT is a loose acronym for peer-led-team learning. In the PILOT program, students are organized into study teams of six to 10 members who meet weekly to work problems together. A trained student leader acts as captain and facilitates the meetings. PILOT aims to help students make a smooth transition to college life both academically and socially. More importantly, PILOT aims to actively teach and demonstrate how collaborative learning uses contributions from individuals to benefit a group.

The cooperative nature of the program helps reinforce course materials while creating a way for students to meet and work closely with classmates. Previous PILOT participants report that they not only enjoy the time spent working with their teams but also find their time spent working with their peers to be more effective than time spent studying alone. PILOT is not remedial and is carefully developed to help students of all abilities. Students participating in the PILOT program tend to earn higher grades.

PILOT was established at Johns Hopkins in 2008 following a model developed by the City College of New York and Washington University in Saint Louis. Extensive research demonstrates that these programs improve student learning.


To register, take the survey for the appropriate course below. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to freshmen. If you are interested in multiple courses, fill out all appropriate surveys and indicate your first choice. If possible, you will be placed in all courses requested but only after all registrants are placed in at least one course.

All members meet for two hours weekly as a group with their team leader. You are expected to attend every session. Two excused absences are allowed during the semester, after which you will be dropped from the program.

If you would like to drop your PILOT Learning session, please contact Ariane Kelly.

Registration for the Spring 2018 semester will open on Monday, January 29 at 8 a.m. The registration period will be open through Friday, February 2 at 11:59 p.m.

Students will receive placement information including leader and location by Sunday, February 4.


If a session is full please fill out the following link to join the waitlist. We work on a weekly basis to add students to sessions. Thank you for your patience.

PILOT Waitlist Registration