Accounting Peer-to-Peer learning (P2P) program
P2P is a voluntary program designed to help you understand and work through subject units that are difficult. It is offered to undergraduate Accounting students enrolled in the following units: ACC1100, ACF1100, ACC2100 and ACF2100.
The P2P sessions are led by P2P leaders - Monash University students who have achieved high marks in both the subject unit and throughout their course. Because P2P leaders have studied the subject unit themselves, they are familiar with the particular concepts that present difficulties, and can help you to understand them.
P2P leaders offer regularly scheduled, weekly study sessions which are held on campus. These sessions provide you with guaranteed, effective study time; as each session sees you meet with your classmates and P2P leader to work on course material.
During a typical P2P session, along with other students, you will compare and clarify lecture notes, review textbook readings, and discuss key course concepts. P2P sessions also give you an opportunity to complete your assigned study tasks while developing skills specific to the course.
P2P usually starts in week three and finishes in week twelve of semester, and all students enrolled in the target units are welcome to attend.
P2P leaders all undertake P2P training with Monash University staff to equip them with specialist mentoring and leadership skills for the program.
It is the responsibility of the P2P leader to:
- assist students to understand the unit material
- help students to develop effective study skills
- redirect discussion to the group
- use the language of the discipline
- integrate how-to-learn with what-to-learn
- help students to become organised but not do the work for them!
- avoid re-lecturing to students who missed lectures
- avoid re-teaching the unit material
|Characteristic||Model student||Content specialist|
|Goal||Helps students to be successful – study skills also||Sometimes teaches subject matter only|
|Mode||Group participation/Collaborative learning||Sometimes a more passive learning environment|
|Instructional Duties||Leads group—leaves teaching to lecturer||Re-lectures or re-teaches group. Also grades assessable tasks|
In order to prepare the leaders for their new role, the students undergo a two day intensive training course delivered by P2P Program Manager, Cathy Barratt. The course content covers topics such as:
- group facilitation strategies,
- dealing with challenging behaviours and class management,
- working with diversity,
- learning strategies,
- session planning and
- giving feedback to students.
Student comments about our program:
"It was a really relaxed atmosphere and was much easier to ask questions and understand the topics completely. It also made keeping up with work during the semester much easier."
"Strong focus on practical application of concepts, instead of just discussing the theory."
"The friendliness and informal setting of the sessions motivated learning."
"The ability to voice opinions and concerns in a non-intimidating learning environment. I was able to build valuable friendships and networks."
"My leader was quite good, she got us to problem solve as a group, instead of just reading us the answers. This required me to think and participate more which was quite beneficial to my studies."
"As the P2P leaders were students, they are more aware of how students learn best and therefore their method of teaching was much more understandable. P2P is doing a good job and I hope P2P can continue to provide such services even for other units."
- Students who have completed the units supported by P2P and have received strong results will be invited by email to submit an expression of interest (EOI). In order to be invited, students will either be on track to, or will have already achieved an HD or D in the targeted unit and have a strong academic record.
- Interested students will be asked to submit an EOI via the online form on this website.
- After the EOI closing date, applicants are then short-listed for an interview. At a designated time after the interview, the successful applicants will be contacted.
- The successful applicants will then attend a one day training course during Orientation week. It is essential that all prospective leaders undertake (and complete) the training course. If a prospective leader is unable to take the training they will not be able to become a P2P leader on this occasion.
- A P2P session ideally has groups of no more than fifteen students. It is up to the leader if they want to lift the limit. Each session runs for one hour.
- A new P2P leader will run two, one hour sessions per week. An experienced P2P leader will run three hours per week.
- P2P takes a collaborative approach to learning so the P2P leader will encourage students to work together in groups.
- P2P leaders are not expected to provide answers or solutions to problems. Instead they facilitate the process of encouraging students to work together through problems.
- P2P leaders do not provide additional tutoring or extra time to students outside of the P2P session.
- P2P leaders are facilitators not tutors or lecturers so their approach to running a session is very different to the delivery of lectures and tutorials
When does P2P start?
P2P begins in week three of semester and runs until week 12 (inclusive).
Do I have to book for P2P sessions?
It is best to book for the P2P sessions. As P2P sessions are often in demand, it is best to book for the session/s of your choice via the booking system. If you don't book you can just turn up, however you may miss out if the session is full. P2P leaders have the right to refuse extra people once the session is fully booked. If you cannot access the booking system you can also find a list of the workshops on Moodle for each of the units.
Are P2P sessions compulsory?
P2P sessions are voluntary, however past students have found the additional assistance provided by the sessions to be extremely helpful.
How many sessions can I attend?
You can attend as many sessions as you like. To ensure a place, book for your preferred sessions through the booking system.
Do the P2P sessions cost anything?
No, P2P sessions are completely free.
How many sessions are held each week?
There can be anywhere between five to nine sessions a week. The amount of sessions offered relate to the number of students enrolled in the unit.
Does my lecturer know if I am attending P2P?
No, your lecturer will not have access to this information.
Can I attend P2P instead of going to lectures and tutes?
No, P2P assumes that you have attended/listened to the lectures as the P2P sessions build upon this knowledge. P2P leaders will design activities which will help to clarify, consolidate and further explain concepts introduced in lectures and tutes. You will always have the chance to ask P2P leaders to go over concepts that you don't understand.
Can I meet with P2P leaders outside of the P2P sessions?
No, you can't meet with P2P leaders for further help outside of class. P2P leaders cannot give out their personal details such as their email address and phone number. Students generally find that the P2P sessions meet their needs and there is always the opportunity to do a follow-up session with the same leader or another leader if you choose.