Peer Assisted Student Success: Get support or get involved
Peer Assisted Student Success: an overview
Peer Assisted Student Success (PASS) is a scheme that is intended to foster cross-year support between students on the same course. It encourages students to support each other and learn co-operatively under guidance of students from the year above.
PASS has five main aims and its purpose is to help students:
integrate quickly into student life;
acquire a clear view of course direction and expectations;
develop their learning and study skills to meet the requirements of higher education;
enhance their understanding of the subject matter of their course through collaborative group discussion;
prepare better for assessed work and exams.
After receiving training the more experienced students, called PASS Leaders, facilitate study support sessions for groups of students from the year below.
PASS sessions are intended to be planned, structured and friendly. In PASS, the emphasis is on everyone in the group working co-operatively to develop their understanding. PASS is therefore about exploratory discussion led by the PASS Leaders. The more everyone joins in with the discussions, the better the sessions work.
Content for PASS sessions is based on existing course materials-handouts, notes, textbooks and set reading.
Peer Assisted Student Success sessions are NOT:
Targeted at weak or problem students - all participants should benefit;
Teaching by students;
A means of reducing existing lecturer - student contact;