Students teaching students
- By: Robert Hart
It is said that we learn 90% of what we teach compared with 10% of what we read.
As a student, I had teaching from junior doctors, which I found helpful. Towards the end of my medical degree, I realised that I would soon be the junior doctor expected to teach others. Feeling unprepared, I approached medical school staff and asked for some experience in teaching, and subsequently took part in an optional module on peer assisted learning (PAL), which is where students learn a subject and then teach it to a second group of students for the benefit of tutor and trainee.
Over five weeks I developed background knowledge in medical education by doing a literature review, and put this into practice by teaching junior students through small interactive group sessions.
My colleagues and I selected subjects that we thought would be challenging and where extra tuition would be