Students learning from peers may perform better

Students who met with their peers for support saw better results 

Some students who face problems with their curriculum can often feel frustrated with not being able to grasp the concept. While some may choose to seek the advice of their teachers, a new study has found that those who choose to learn from their peers may have better student performance.

A new evaluation from the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University’s peer learning sessions found that if a group of students meet with an older peer at least once a week, they have a higher student performance.

The evaluation followed students who met with older individuals once a week during the first semester to discuss and solve math problems and other issues they were having in their curricula. After meeting, researchers found that students performed better in their troubled subjects. This method was used in schools in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, Switzerland, Ireland and Norway.

"This shows that many students can achieve more than they think," said Leif Bryngfors, head of the SI Centre at the faculty of engineering.  "But they have to practice in order to develop their critical and abstract thinking abilities, which is exactly what the SI students do. They don’t have to worry about their performance being assessed, because there is no lecturer present, rather they can reflect on their own learning on their own terms."

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