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Why peer-to-peer learning?

Learning can be seen to have these 3 levels:

Level 1 is when you simply receive information and repeat it back.

Level 2 is when you understand how to use the information that you’ve learned.

Level 3 is when you know how to explain this information to somebody else.

Standard universities traditionally focus on levels 1 and 2 - repeating information and using it to solve relatively simple practice tasks.

However, research shows that by teaching others, which is level 3, you understand the topic in a much deeper way. It allows you to notice things you hadn’t noticed before, explain your ideas clearly, give and receive feedback, and work together to solve problems. Peer-to-peer learning is how we help our learners reach this level.

At Turing College, learners are constantly encouraged and empowered via our platform to share their knowledge with others. This is done through - among other things - dedicated chat channels, internal stackoverflow, events, and regular peer reviews.

Peer reviews are a central part of how you progress through our courses. To complete a project, your work must be peer reviewed by both senior supervisors - who are industry experts - and peers. The peer review process confirms that you have really understood the topic. This also means that you will be reviewing others. Scheduling these reviews is easy. Based on your availability and level of experience, our platform matches you to peer reviews automatically.

Doing these peer reviews not only results in better learning. It also prepares you for an integral part of real-world work - code reviews and eventually becoming team leads.

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