Skip main navigation

Peer feedback

How you can collaborate with peers to help you improve.
© STEM Learning

Peers can be very helpful in providing informal suggestions for your development, particularly if they have experienced similar situations. A peer might be another volunteer within your organisation or a person who has experience of volunteering in other settings.

They can give you the benefit of their experience and give you non-judgemental feedback. If they were at a volunteering activity they will be able to give you direct feedback. If they were not, you will need to describe the scenario or circumstances to them in order to get feedback. One suggested approach is to use the questions from the self-reflection template which we introduced earlier in the course as the basis for a dialogue with one or more peers.

Some companies have groups of STEM volunteers and they organise meetings to discuss volunteering activities on a regular basis. This can provide a useful forum to discuss how activities went and possible improvements for the future.

Another useful strategy for collaborating with peers is to jointly deliver STEM volunteering activities and help and support each other.


What is the value of volunteering with others? How useful is peer feedback to you? In the comments below share your responses to these questions.
© STEM Learning
This article is from the free online

Volunteering in the Classroom: Feedback, Reviewing and Improving STEM Activities

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education