Peer Support

Peer programmes are supported by The Annual Fund

What is Peer Support?

Peer Support gives students the opportunity to gain support and guidance with their studies in a relaxed, informal environment from other experienced students who have been in the same position – whether in relation to academia (e.g. same module or discipline) or the transition to University life.

Peer Support presents a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with their subject discipline and their college. More knowledgeable students are often better equipped to guide lower year students through a topic using their own experiences as a reference. Hence, students can take part in peer programmes both as a mentee and later as a mentor, both experiences can enhance achievement and develop a wide range of skills.

 

Types of Peer Support programmes

Peer Support programmes at Exeter come in a variety of formats:

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

Students gain support from Peer Leaders in higher years who deliver regularly-timetabled activity-based sessions and facilitate module-specific discussion, understanding and academic skills development.

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

Students gain support from Peer Mentors in higher years who deliver regularly-scheduled activity-based sessions and facilitate discipline-specific discussion, understanding and academic skills development.

Peer Mentoring / Buddy Scheme

Students gain support from Peer Mentors who give pastoral guidance and advice in relation to the transition to University life.

 

Benefits of Peer Support

Peer Support aims to enrich students’ academic studies and University life.  Through creating collaborative communities within academic studies or easing the transition to University, Peer Support gives students the opportunity to engage further with their studies, and in doing so aims to enhance student satisfaction, retention and performance.

Peer Support has been proven to be beneficial for everyone involved; the students being mentored, the students leading and organising the sessions, as well as the College or Discipline itself.  Students (both mentors and mentees) develop strong transferable attributes to equip them for life beyond university, and lecturers often report an increase and improvement in students' engagement with their studies.

 

How to Get Involved

For more information about Peer Support and how to get involved, please contact academicskills@exeter.ac.uk.