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Peer feedback

Discussing ideas with other students on your course can be an effective way of developing your ideas. If you are struggling with new concepts, other students may be able to explain them to you in a way that you understand. They may also be able to suggest readings that they found useful. But avoid sharing work, as this could lead to allegations of collusion (a very serious type of academic misconduct).


For most of your modules at Sussex, your tutors will have set up a website or Canvas site with additional online resources to help support your learning. The websites will include lecture notes and recommended reading, and there may be opportunities for feedback. Forum discussions can be a good way to get informal feedback and discuss ideas with other students on your module. Your tutor will be able to see your discussions and contribute to any discussion threads.

The Student Mentor scheme in your school is another way to gain feedback from your peers. Find out more about mentoring by contacting your School Office.

Consider combining socialising with studying and try organising an informal reading or discussion group with other students on your module.



Second-year Electrical and Electronic Engineering

View Tayo's student perspective


Within your mates you're going to have some people who are really good, brilliant. Talk to them, there's no need to be shy about learning, you can get from each other. Because when you say it you think about it as well, you think what am I saying am I saying the right thing? And from there you understand - yeah, I am saying the right thing or the wrong thing. And you just figure it out.



Third-year English Literature

View Kalim's student perspective


One way that I find that I learn a lot as well and enjoy my course is by talking to other students about it. I think that happens in all courses but especially with English literature because people want to talk about books when they've read books or when you've read anything. That also plays quite an important role in thought processes, especially when you're all writing essays together. It's moral support and you all group together and you're probably writing different essays but just grinding out ideas with each other. It's good practice for actually putting your ideas out on paper.

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