Peer to Peer Support

Get ahead with guidance and support from your fellow students.

In addition to support from teachers and advisors, you can also benefit from guidance and advice from your fellow students.

Griffith College PALs are here to support you with your assignments and study responsibilities, while your MATEs are ready to be a friend and a familiar presence during your time on campus.

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

Meeting with a PAL is a fun and relaxed way to improve your learning

In addition to lecturer consultations and support from Student Learning Advisors, Griffith College students are also able to make a booking with a PAL.

PAL stands for "Peer Assisted Learner" and represents a friendly group of your fellow students who are available to assist you with your assignments and study responsibilities. Our PALs are carefully selected based on their academic performance (they have achieved a Distinction or High Distinction in one of their courses). 

Meeting with a PAL is a fun and relaxed way to improve your learning! You can meet with a PAL face to face, online or in small groups of up to 4 people. To make a booking, click below or navigate to the Digital Campus (current students only).

PALs support to success

"Rafael has been teaching me Chemistry II this trimester, and it has been fantastic to have someone who can explain most of the concepts or material that I didn't fully comprehend in class. He did this by using examples from real-world situations to illustrate the concepts. 

I highly recommend Rafael as a Chemistry II PAL for someone who struggles with heavy content!"

Become a PAL

The benefits to being a Griffith College PAL are plentiful!

Becoming a PAL comes with a range of benefits that can enhance your experience here at the College. Not only will you be helping students to fulfil their dreams, you will also be enhancing your own skillset!

Thinking about becoming a Peer Assisted Learner (PAL)? It's awesome, and here's why:

  • Talk Like a Pro. PALs get really good at explaining things in a fun and easy way. Your communication skills will get a great boost!
  • Make New Friends. Being a PAL means you'll meet lots of new friends from all over the world. 
  • Gain Leadership Skills. PALS are leaders. You'll learn how to organise things, take charge and be a mentor to others.
  • Boost Your Resume. Being a PAL looks amazing on your resume. It shows you're a team player and a great communicator.
  • Feel Like a Champion. Helping others succeed feels amazing - trust us! When you see your classmates succeeding as a result of your help, it's a great feeling and something to be super proud of.

Becoming a PAL is all about personal growth, skill development, and creating a fun, supportive environment for everyone involved!

PAL applications are open for a limited time each Trimester. Please get in touch with us for more information. 

Feedback from our PALs

"After being involved in the PAL program, I learned to identify each students' struggles/weakness and prioritise sessions for students based on this. I developed these skills during PAL sessions with 1015MSC students as they are currently facing concepts that completely differ from their previous course 1001GRC, one good example is identifying functional groups. This new skill will help me to become a PASS (Griffith University PAL) in the future."

- Rafael, Griffith College PAL


"After being involved in the PAL program, I learned that the College offers great opportunities for students to come out of their shells and be confident. I improved my communication skills. These skills will greatly help me in the future. " 

- Ahmed, Griffith College PAL


Griffith College MATEs

A diverse peer-support network for all students.

Our MATEs are a vibrant team of current Australian and international students from across the world. They volunteer their time to help students adjust to College life through a range of community events and fun activities. 

Connecting with Griffith MATEs is a great way to practise your English, make new friends, find your way around campus and become acquainted with the Australian environment!


Become a MATE

Each trimester, we are on the lookout for superstar students!

Being part of the Griffith College MATEs program is a great way for you to increase your job readiness skills. Our MATEs also form the Student Liaison Committee (SLC) and meet twice a trimester. The SLC is an important part of the College as this group represents the voice of our students. 

If you're a current Griffith College student considering joining our friendly team of MATEs, good choice! Here's what you can look forward to:

  • Improve your leadership and communication skills
  • Take part in a social community
  • Meet new people from all over the world
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Gain valuable employability skills
  • Create change and be the voice of our students
  • Share your knowledge and experience with others
  • Access a range of benefits

Applications are open for a limited time each trimester. Get in touch for more information, or submit an application via the link below (after Week 3 for each trimester). 

The MATEs Experience

Zack, Griffith College MATE

"By volunteering in the Griffith College MATEs program, I have further developed my skills - particularly in communication - and demonstrated my leadership as well as applied my creativity.

These skills will be useful in my future employment as well as my personal life."

- Zack, Diploma of Health Care
21+ Volunteer Hours

Puneet, Griffith College MATE

"By volunteering in the MATEs program, I learned different way of presenting ideas, how you can help other students and improve your knowledge.

I developed my skills in problem solving, communication, building up strong and friendly bound with your teachers. These skills will help me in university and how to deal with problems in study in the future."

- Puneet, Diploma of Business
19+ Volunteer Hours