King’s pioneering ‘Peer Teaching’ scheme was introduced in 2005. Fourth year medical students have the opportunity to volunteer to teach clinical skills relating to year three curriculum. The Peer teaching is offered to all year three students to attend. The established success of peer teaching has led to the scheme opening up to volunteers in all three clinical years to teach year one to three clinical skills.
All Peer tutors receive training on teaching strategies and clinical skill. Part of the training for the student volunteers is to conduct a small teaching session where they receive feedback on their teaching skills. The small Peer groups allow the tutors to closely observe technique, answer informal questions and practice in a relaxed atmosphere of shared learning. Peer tutors gain knowledge and confidence in teaching while at the same time their own competence in performing the selected skills improves.
The Peer teaching scheme allows:
Small group teaching for large numbers of students
95 per cent of Peer Tutors said their own skills improved
Year 3 students’ confidence in their skills soared from an average 16.9 per cent to an average 71.4 per cent after attendance on the scheme.
For further information, please contact Sally Richardson.