What is peer tutoring?

Peer tutoring is children helping other children to learn. Sometimes older children help younger children, while other times more able children can help less able children of the same age.


Peer tutoring » What is peer tutoring?


Peer tutoring is children helping other children to learn. Sometimes older children help younger children, while other times more able children can help less able children of the same age.

The idea of peer tutoring is not a new one; it was first formally introduced into education in the latter half of the 18th century. Today, peer tutoring is regaining popularity and is spreading rapidly in many parts of the world.

Many peer tutoring projects focus on reading, but peer tutoring has been used in a wide range of other subjects, including mathematics, spelling, writing, languages and science.

Good peer tutoring projects ensure that the tutors gain as much, if not more, than the tutees. To be able to tutor a subject, the pupils have to get to understand it well. As a result, tutoring helps the tutors learn faster, too.

Peer tutoring is usually used for only a small part of the school day. Research shows it increases the effectiveness of regular teaching by the class teacher, which still forms by far the biggest part of schooling.


Peer tutoring resources:


Peer tutoring overview

  • The Education Endowment Foundation explains the effects of peer tutoring.

Peer tutoring: Information for parents

  • A useful guide for both teachers and parents, outlining details on what peer tutoring involves and its effects.

Learning together in mathematics

  • This comprehensive training guide will be invaluable when introducing peer tutoring in your school. The manual also includes printable question cards and prompt cards for tutors and tutees.