The University of Newcastle, Australia

Learn from other students

A great source of academic support is your fellow students.

The people who are studying the same subject as you or have done it before can often give the best advice, as they have a similar perspective to you.

What’s more, one of the best ways to fully understand a subject is to explain it to someone else – you may discover that helping your peers is an excellent way for you to learn as well.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) provide a platform for you to compare notes, discuss difficult concepts and review weekly material with other students.

Peer Writing Mentors

Peer Writing Mentors are now available online in Zoom, Monday to Friday, 11am to 2pm.

Just follow the link https://uonewcastle.zoom.us/j/148126492 or go to your Zoom app and enter the Meeting ID: 148 126 492.

You will initially enter a Waiting Room because the Mentor may be busy assisting another student. The Mentor can see that you are in the Waiting Room, so please keep the window open and stay close by because the Mentor will admit you as soon as they are free. Meetings will last no longer than 20 minutes, so you won't have long to wait. 

Be prepared so you can maximise your time with the Mentor! You are able to share your screen with the Mentor in Zoom (they can explain how if you aren't sure) so have a copy of your writing open in Word, have your assignment question open and the marking rubric (both of these can be found in your Course Outline).

Peer Writing Mentors are students who provide advice on developing your writing skills.

Peer Writing Mentors can:

  • Give you advice about study skills, writing and referencing
  • Offer general feedback about your writing or discuss ideas and concerns with you about your work
  • Show you strategies for how to do something (e.g. use a referencing style, analyse a question and interpret marking criteria, structure an essay, use a writing or note taking planner)
  • Provide you with referral to other services, if we can’t help you.

Writing mentors can't correct your work but can provide advice on areas that may need improvement.

Come and see us! The Peer Writing Mentors are waiting to assist you to improve your written assignments.