Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

UTAS PASS Leaders win national award

National Peer Learning Achievemnt Award recipients

PASS Leaders from the UTAS PASS program have been recognised for their contribution to student learning

Rachel Pope-Couston, Jason Coates and Bridget Hickey recently received national Peer Leader Achievement Awards in Recognition of Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning. A limited number of awards are presented annually within the Australasian region and selection is highly competitive. Rachel, Jason and Bridget received their awards at the 2011 National Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Forum held recently in Sydney.

Rachel has completed her studies in Bachelor of Science and has recently been accepted to undertake a Masters of Genetic Counselling at the University of Melbourne in 2012. Rachel worked in the University of Tasmania PASS Program for two years as a leader in Psychology. Rachel and Jason received an award in the inaugural Outstanding Team category.

Jason is studying a Bachelor of Psychology with honours and has worked in the University of Tasmania PASS Program for two years as a leader in Psychology. Jason will continue in the program in 2012 as a Senior PASS Mentor, supporting a group of PASS Leaders across a range of discipline areas. Jason and Rachel received an award in the inaugural Outstanding Team category.

Bridget is studying a combined Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor Arts and commenced as a PASS Leader at the University of Tasmania this year, running PASS Sessions for Introduction to Art & Design Theory A and B. Bridget received an award in the Outstanding New Leader category.

The judges from the International Centre for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Kansas City, Missouri commented on the strength of the applicants overall and with PASS programs running in over thirty universities across the Australasian region, it is a mark of the quality of the UTAS program and its Leaders, that we should be so successful.

The Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program is an academic support program, available to all students studying in selected first year units. PASS offers weekly, out-of-class sessions which focus on integrating course content (what to learn) with academic reasoning and study skills (how to learn). PASS sessions are facilitated by students who have previously and successfully completed the targeted unit. The program has expanded significantly over the past three years and in 2012 will support 45 first year units across all faculties (including the AMC) and the three Tasmanian campuses.

The program plays a key role in supporting student transition to university and in providing active and collaborative small group peer learning environments in which students can study and learn together throughout semester with the support of a trained senior student.

The UTAS PASS Program is coordinated by Julia Orpin from the UTAS Student Centre and in 2011 employed 48 high-achieving students in the role of PASS Leader and has been on offer to over 4000 UTAS students.

Published on: 28 Mar 2012 11:52am