What's in it for me?
Regular attendance at PASS has been shown to improve students':
- academic performance
Students who attend PASS regularly (i.e., more than 10 PASS sessions in a semester) are more likely to achieve a final grade in their PASS UoS approximately 8-20 marks higher than students who do not attend PASS.
- ability to study more effectively
Studying with peers (particularly high achieving peers) and jointly working through difficult course concepts is a highly effective study technique. PASS also creates an environment where students set their own agenda in reviewing their course content.
- transition to university studies and understanding of course expectations
PASS provides an opportunity for students to learn first hand from other students about the broader university culture, the expectations for learning at university and specifically the learning expectations within a particular UoS, thus assisting their ongoing transition to university and success in their programs of study. Participating in PASS also breaks down the barriers between students in different years of the same course.
- communication, team work and critical thinking skills
Studying with peers and regularly working in positive and productive team environments is likely to help students develop a range of graduate attributes including improved team work skills, communication skills and perhaps critical thinking skills. In particular, PASS provides a supportive environment within which to discuss the course content in the language of the discipline.
- experience of academic support
Some students are reluctant to ask questions of lecturers, but in PASS, students can seek advice from successful and more experienced peers, who often have already experienced and effectively resolved similar problems. PASS participants also receive regular, timely feedback on their performance in a supportive and student-centred learning environment, greatly increasing the amount of feedback they get about their academic work over the course of a semester, which helps them learn more effectively. Students can discuss their problems with the UoS content in a confidential and informal context. In general, students who participate in PASS report that they feel part of a learning community.
- learning autonomy
PASS also assists students' to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop lifelong learning skills.
Students who participate in PASS report improved levels of confidence in their ability to successfully tackle their UoS content.
- UoS success
Students at risk of failure (e.g., students who have failed similar subjects in the past) are less likely to fail a UoS when they regularly attend PASS sessions in that UoS. PASS participants are also more likely to achieve a Distinction or High Distinction than non-PASS students.