Peer support is a great way to get more out of your degree, meet people on your course and improve your academic confidence.
There are lots of different types of Peer Support available and are tailored to the needs of students in particular schools. Here are some examples:
Peer Assisted Learning (PALS) – Group study sessions for 1st and 2nd years based on course materials which are led by trained student leaders who are usually in year 3 or 4. Leaders do not act as tutors, but are trained to facilitate group learning processes. Sessions are regular (usually weekly), structured, and evaluated regularly.
Academic Families – Get yourself adopted by more experienced students who can give you top tips about navigating the university experience. You can get information on course choices, avoid common pitfalls, and even get advice on the best places to go out!
Buddying – Sign up for a student buddy to help you settle into university life.
Academic Mentoring – Get one-to-one support with academic concerns or worries that may arise through your course.
Peer Support near you
Peer Support programmes vary from school to school. Find out more about which of the above opportunities are available in your school.
Alternatively, if you fancy setting up your own Peer Support group, here's some information to get you started.