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.


PILOT Registration for the Spring 2019 semester will open on Monday, January 28th at 9pm.

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.

  • Calculus I (Biology and Social Sciences)
  • Calculus II (For Biological and Social Science)
  • Calculus II (For Physical Sciences and Engineering)
  • Calculus III
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations and Applications
  • Introductory Chemistry II (K. Karlin)
  • Introductory Chemistry II (S. Thyagarajan)
  • Organic Chemistry II (C. Falzone)
  • Organic Chemistry II (T. Lectka)
  • Physics I (For Physical Sciences and Engineering)
  • Physics II (For Physical Sciences and Engineering)
  • Physics II (For Physical Sciences and Engineering) Active Learning (AL)
  • Physics II (Biology and Social Sciences)
  • Gateway Computing
  • Discrete Math
  • Statistical Analysis I
  • Statistical Analysis II
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Elements of Microeconomics