In all fairness, isn't doing a Google search for computer help, creating an account on a forum and asking a thoughtful question of a group of knowledgeable computer techs and such part of the learning process?
Not everyone can learn from instructors and books. Weather or not they are "good candidates" for the I.T. field isn't for us to judge (unless they are really really bad
In this case however, it would seem as though it is a case of last-minute get the answer for the assignment (becuase I've never done that.....), so I can see why the response is to "find out for yourself". Keep at it though, there are tons of articles on p2p.
Also, try to be more specific in your question so we can help you better (ie, what platform, network setup, OS, etc...).