Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) sessions are group study sessions led by trained higher year students (PASS Leaders) and provide a safe environment for first year students to discuss ideas, share problems and resolve questions in order to improve their understanding of module content. PASS sessions are timetabled weekly in one hour slots but attendance is not compulsory. PASS is usually attached to first year modules that students may find challenging.
The sessions are based on lecture content and are intended to promote collaborative learning and provide an opportunity for Leaders to share their experiences. Leaders do not re-teach material but instead encourage students to compare notes, clarify what they read and hear, analyse, criticise, question and problem solve.
Feedback from participants strongly suggests that attending PASS can play a part in enhancing academic performance and student experience.
The PASS Leader role is voluntary. PASS Leaders receive training in facilitation skills and gain valuable experience which can enhance employability.
PASS is co-ordinated by the Student Development and Study Skills service. To discuss possibilities for PASS in your subject area, whether you are an academic or a student, contact us.