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Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

Do you want to improve your marks and learn from students who have done exceptionally well in your subject in the past? Join a Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS)

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Summer Semester, 2017

What is PASS?

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) is organised group study sessions conducted by PASS leaders.  These are students who have successfully completed the course they lead in. These study sessions help students develop study skills, exam and assessment techniques specific to their course. PASS is  offered in units which are usually difficult for students an aim is to create a positive learning and studying community.

PASS sessions are designed to maximise the students understanding of the unit, in a fun informal environment. Students who regularly attend sessions often see a significant improvement in their results.

Whether you are hoping to improve your understanding of the content, find a study partner, or improve your grades, PASS will benefit you. For information on the times and venues for sessions, contact PASS.

PASS Leaders

PASS Leaders are trained to provide weekly mentoring to  students, sharing the secrets of their success as well as the skills involved in independent learning. PASS is students supporting students  to achieve the best results possible and improve independent learning.

PASS timetable

Summer Semester, 2017

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Wednesdy5:00pm to 6:00pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Thursday4:00pm to 5:00pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Wednesday5.00pm to 6.00pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Thursday10.00am to 11.00amOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Wednesday7.30pm to 8.30pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Thursday7.30pm to 8.30pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Monday7.30pm to 8.30pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Tuesday7.30pm to 8.30pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Wednesday5:00pm to 6:00pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Tuesday12:30pm to 1:30pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Thursday12:30pm to 1:30pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Tuesday2:00pm to 3:00pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Thursday2:00pm to 3:00pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate

PASS at CDU is currently undertaking a number of research programs with the aim of delivering the best program to students. Some details of our projects are listed below.

Fostering the PASS-ALL relationship through innovations in pedagogy and practice.

The Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program offers academic support from high-achieving students who have completed the same unit, where traditionally there is high attrition and high fail rates. The underlying goal of the program is to increase student performance and retention (O’Brien, 2016). In contrast Academic Language and Learning (ALL) support, traditionally provides embedded and tailored support to students to improve their understanding and ability across core academic literacy skills for their discipline. The relationship between these two complementary support approaches is often viewed in silos, with the mutual benefits of utilising key pedagogical features of each approach to enhance the other, not considered. Particularly the ability for PASS leaders during a session to facilitate social inclusion and group problem solving to move students toward social interdependence of learning outside of the classroom environment (Bakhtin, 1981). In their role as PASS leaders they act as the model student, facilitating activities of study skills tied to the content of the subject area.  As learning facilitators they do not re-teach the content taught by the lecturer, but rather redirect students’ questions to allow for the group to solve the problem. This model provides opportunities to assist Academic Language and Learning lecturers in consolidating student understanding and improve academic literacy skills by tailoring both by drawing on each approach’s strengths. This paper provides a comparative study using a mixed methods approach to explore the current and potential effectiveness of using both PASS and ALL support programs in complement to improve academic literacy and the student learning experience in a first year psychology unit. Using both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, effects of a combined PASS and ALL support approach were measured. That is students perceptions of usefulness were compared to quantitative findings based on a correlation between their achieved success and usage. Results indicate that a tailored and targeted pedagogic approach to getting the most out of both programs collectively can significantly improve student successes and better utilize the two approaches.  

PASS online at CDU- Meeting the needs of our diverse online cohort

The PASS team are researching the best approach to the design and delivery of the PASS program, with the goal of improving student retention, academic success at Charles Darwin University.



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