What Is Peer Learning and Why It Is Important for Children

Peer learning is a two-way learning method which is increasingly getting adapted to modern pedagogy. It involves students exchanging knowledge, ideas and experience to learn with and learn from each other.

When students are directly engaged in the learning process, they comprehend better. Peer learning focuses on active participation from all participants which shifts their attitude towards the learning, prepares them to work collaboratively with others and teaches them how to evaluate their own learning outcome. Not only do the learners take responsibility for their own learning but also build effective mental models. They learn to assess their knowledge and identify methods that work best for them.  

Lev Vygotsky, a Soviet psychologist, believed that learning in children is heavily influenced by social interaction. Although Parental figures & educators are instrumental to a child’s development, children’s own social circle and how they interact with each other also largely affects how they perceive knowledge. Regular exchange of ideas and working together on projects help them gain deeper understanding of the subject.

Benefits of Peer Learning

 1. Personalized approach speeds up progress

The best thing about peer learning is the undivided attention the student gets. Peer learning involves active interactions which reflect participant’s grasp on the concepts and fills the gap immediately.

2. Creates a positive attitude towards learning

Learning from your peers while sharing your own knowledge gives you the confidence to ask doubts unhesitatingly. It makes the learners open to new perspectives & methods and makes them self-motivated learners.

3. Better output through collaborations

Collaborative learning eliminates the fear of having to prove yourself or be solely responsible for the output. Two or multiple learners contribute their skills & knowledge towards the same goal, which enhances the output and improves their self-esteem.  

4. Encourages healthy competition & social skills

Sometimes peer learning also happens in the forms of competition between individuals or groups. Students work on the same problem statement or follow the same set of rules in a competitive environment. This helps them see the same subjects through different perspectives and also gives them the opportunity to learn from their competitors. It fosters a healthy competitive spirit and interpersonal communication.

5. Taking ownership

A classroom that practices peer learning gives students the feeling of being on one team. This makes students take accountability for their productivity and seek support from their peers whenever they face a challenge. Active engagement in the classroom makes them feel ownership over their learner’s journey.  

Did you know?

Tekie facilitates peer learning through peer teaching and student community.  

Peer teaching is a modern pedagogical strategy that puts students’ peers into the instructor role. Peer instructors are themselves students who have a deeper understanding of the subject and relevant skills to introduce the subject in a friendly and non-intimidating way. Students can connect to their peer instructor on a personal level and seek individualized assistance in projects.

Tekie’s coding instructors come from top colleges like IIT, BITS, VIT, NIT, etc. They provide a personalized learning experience and mentorships and have an average student rating of 4.9.

Our student community is now 25k strong with students from all across the world. They get exclusive access to our upskilling events, curated resources by coding experts and a platform to exchange ideas and knowledge on a daily basis. Check out the projects by Tekie’s student community here.