Peer Teaching: Friend or Foe?


Here at SEEK Ottawa, our team has held many meetings to discuss the most effective and beneficial method of teaching we can offer. Linking this discussion to our personal experiences with school and tutoring, we came to an agreement that peer teaching was the best way to go.

Peer teaching is a method by which one student instructs another student in material;it can be traced all the way back to Aristotle’s time. Seen as a productive and financially efficient method of teaching, it is implemented all throughout the world in not just grade schools, but universities and colleges as well.

The benefits of peer teaching are countless. Such benefits include, but are not limited to:

Students receive more time for individualized learning.

In a school setting, there are around 30 students in one class, but only one teacher. This limits the amount of one-on-one interaction a student can have with their teacher. We understand that each student has their own way of learning, so sometimes schools simply cannot accommodate every student. In a one-on-one learning environment, the curriculum being taught can be easily personalized to meet the requirements of the student, allowing them to better understand the material.

Direct interaction between students promotes active learning.

Due to the increase in the amount of one-on-one time peer teaching allows for, active learning, a process whereby students engage in activities, can be emphasized. This provides more opportunities for the student to explain their viewpoint, ask questions, and discuss issues, which will improve the student’s understanding of the subject being taught.

Students feel more comfortable and open when interacting with a peer.

It can be intimidating for a student to confront an authority figure about any topic, and even more so when it is done one-to-one. Peer teaching helps to alleviate this fear. Students find themselves more open when interacting with a peer, as there is more understanding amongst peers.

Peer teaching is beneficial to both parties.

Peer teaching does not only provide benefits to the student being tutored, but everyone involved in the process. This method of teaching improves team-building spirit and creates more supportive relationships. It can also promote greater psychological well-being, better communication skills, and more self-esteem. As a result, this can lead to higher achievement and greater productivity.

Encompassing these benefits, we aim to implement peer teaching through our tutoring services to allow for all students to be able to reach their academic goals.

If you are interested in reading more about peer teaching and its benefits, read this article.


Lisa Qiu
Web Development



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