Designed to be mutually beneficial, the model was tested through delivery of 5-6 hourly sessions to tutorial groups comprising postgraduate taught student tutees (n = 101) and postgraduate research tutors (n = 24; senior peers) from a psychology faculty of a UK Russell Group university. Mixed-methods pre-post assessments included bespoke and standardized questionnaires plus thematic analysis of written feedback.
Benefits were reported by both tutors and tutees, including increased motivation and knowledge, praise of the flexible and interactive environment. Tutees experienced general and specific learning improvements, while tutors’ confidence and enjoyment in teaching increased.
Our validation of a clearly-articulated model for effective senior/junior-peer tutorial delivery progresses knowledge of small-group learning and may enhance academic experiences for our learners and future teachers.