Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS): Recognizing Employability Through PebblePad
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a voluntary, weekly, academic assistance program utilizing peer-led group study to help students succeed in traditionally difficult subjects. PASS provides opportunities for students to strengthen their knowledge by being actively involved in group learning that is focused on identifying and reviewing key lecture content, testing understanding of difficult concepts, gaining confidence through discussing complex course material, and engaging in cooperative problem-solving methods. The sessions are facilitated by students who have completed at least one year of study, have excelled in the course, maintained a strong Grade Point Average and have completed a two-day intensive PASS Leader training course. Through planning, leading, and organizing sessions, leaders develop strong transferable attributes including interpersonal communication skills, listening skills, time management and organizational skills, leadership and team working skills, equipping them for professional life beyond university. Leaders are observed at least twice per trimester, by the PASS Coordinator and by a Senior Leader, with feedback provided to support development. Using an observation template on PebblePad ensures that comments can be easily reviewed before observations and leaders receive timely feedback that is stored in an accessible format, providing evidence of contribution and skills. Leaders also use PebblePad to reflect on their experience of the PASS Program and transferable skills developed, allowing them to identify, document, and evidence key employability skills and attributes.
KeywordsPASS Employability STEM PASS Leaders Transferable skills
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