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 students who provide advice on developing your writing skills.

Bring along a hard copy of your writing, the assignment question and the marking criteria and 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.

Writing mentors can found in SRG07 and the Huxley Library, Monday to Friday, 11am to 2pm from Week 3 to 13 each semester.