Peer tutoring

What is it?

In peer tutoring, individuals from similar social networks assist each other to learn and learn themselves by teaching. It is a strategy that attempts to meet both multifaceted social and study needs and usually aims to improve low academic performances of students.1

How does it work?

Generally carried out in one-on-one sessions, peer tutoring involves a tutor and a tutee, with the tutor commonly possessing greater knowledge, ability and skill in the particular subject. Peer tutoring strategies can utilise the easily accessible influence of peers to enhance academic achievement and emotional wellbeing.2

Common ways peer tutoring is used

Peer tutoring is an established approach applied in scholastic and academic settings.2

Examples of peer tutoring approaches

Peer Tutoring Murdoch University

Empowering Youth

Student Success Centers


  1. Topping, KJ 2005, ‘Trends in Peer Learning’, Educational Psychology, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 631-645.
  2. Burmaster, E 2002, Youth to Youth: A review of peer program theoretical underpinnings, forms, functions, and process- and outcome-related findings 2001-02. A literature review, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.