Members of the UTAS Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) team recently attended the National PASS Forum held in Melbourne with participants attending from more than 35 Australian institutions.
The six Pass Leaders selected to represent the UTAS PASS program were from the Hobart and Launceston campuses and are currently studying across a broad range of disciplines.
The PASS leaders participated in a poster presentation, where they shared details of our highly successful senior mentor team structure and presented a workshop to more than 70 participants about managing student expectations and engaging students in the transition into a peer learning environment.
Four members of the UTAS PASS program were shortlisted for the Australasian Peer Leader Awards with Claire Saggers and Danielle Moore (Psychology students) shortlisted in the team category, Matthew Sakaris (Science/Law student) in the senior leader category and Ee-Jon Yeoh (Science student) in the new leader category.
The UTAS PASS program was one of only two institutions to be shortlisted across all categories.
UTAS PASS Leaders have been recognised in the Australasian Peer Leader Awards every year since their inception in 2008.
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).
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.