Programs to help you succeed

In the Faculty of Science and Engineering our mission is to provide you with an environment that will enable you to be creative, innovative, and willing to take on global challenges.

We want to help you get on the path to success. The first step in this process is asking yourself – what does success look like for me?

Now that you've answered that question, we're here to help!

We offer three unique success programs run by your fellow students to help you achieve YOUR definition of success for your studies.

Success in STEM


Success in STEM is our flagship peer-success program in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. If you're starting an Undergraduate course, you might be eligible to apply to be part of this program.

You'll be paired with a later year student who you share common study interests/hobbies/background with (eg you might be studying the same discipline or you're both really into sport or you're from the same city/country etc). This student will become your success coach.

Your coach will 'check-in' with you each week for Session 1 and will work with you to connect to resources to help you get on your path to success. They'll share with you what has helped them and make sure you feel part of the team!

This program is free but you'll need to get in quickly to secure your spot (places are limited). To apply to be part of this program  you'll need to complete an opt-in form. Successful applicants will be notified in week 2 of Session 1.

Apply now

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

PAL sessions are designed to deepen your understanding of the unit content while acquiring transferable study skills. In these sessions, you will develop study techniques, improve communication skills and group interaction skills.

PAL leaders structure the sessions to ensure a collaborative learning environment. The PAL leader’s role is not to teach or provide you with the answers, but to enable you to develop the skills to find the answers yourself.

Think of PAL like a study session with like-minded people from your unit who are all looking to achieve their best. The PAL leader has previously taken that unit so they will share with you tips on how to smash your results!

PAL sessions are free for students enrolled in applicable units. In Session 1 2021, we will be running PAL for:

  • CHEM1001
  • MATH2907

Full details of when and where PAL sessions will be run for these units will be listed on the unit's iLearn page. PAL sessions will start in week 3 of Session 1.

Group Study Sessions (GSS)

We will be offering Group Study Sessions for Computing and Engineering Undergraduate students.

These sessions will be similar to PAL in that our GSS leaders are later-year students who have taken the units previously. They will guide discussion and encourage collaboration amongst participants so everyone can achieve their best. GSS will be drop-in in style and an great opportunity for you to not only work through the content in your unit/s, but also a great way for you to meet your fellow students!

Keep an eye on this page for more details about how to register and pre-submit questions you'd like help on. GSS will start in week 3 of Session 1.

In Session 1, we will be focusing on the following units (note, this list is not final and will be updated before week 2):


  • ENGG1000


  • COMP1000
  • COMP1010
  • COMP1150
  • COMP1750

Stay social

Connect with us on our faculty Instagram page for extra-curricular opportunities and ways to enrich your studies.

We're always looking for students who'd like to contribute to our social media pages. Contact us at if you're keen to get involved!

Have questions? Just ask!

If you have any questions or would like more info on any of our Success Programs, we have a dedicated Student Experience team in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Drop us an email at

Have questions about your course or general info about uni? We're here to help!

You can submit an AskMQ request, visit our Student centre or call us and one of our friendly team will help.

Study resources

Macquarie also offers a range of free programs to help you with maths and stats, writing essays and reports and figuring out the best study methods for you.

Wellbeing resources

As a Macquarie student you have free access to MQ Wellbeing. If you're feeling stressed, tired, overwhelmed, want to talk to someone about how to manage your time or any other wellbeing related topics – we're here to help! Check out all the available resources and get to speak with someone as soon as possible.