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Leeds University Business School Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Peer Assisted Learning . Shelley Li & Helen Steer Student Support, LUBS Dr Samantha Pugh Student Education Enhancement Officer, MAPS. Today’s Session. Outline. What is PASS/PAL? PASS/PAL Leader role Benefits - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Peer Assisted Learning

Shelley Li & Helen SteerStudent Support, LUBS

Dr Samantha PughStudent Education Enhancement Officer, MAPS

Leeds University Business SchoolFaculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences1Both schemes are a Leeds4Life funded opportunityOutlineWhat is PASS/PAL?PASS/PAL Leader roleBenefitsMock sessionFeedback/EvaluationMaking it workReward and RecognitionNew Developments

Todays Session

What is PASS/PAL?

Peer Assisted Study Sessions/LearningPioneered in 1973 as SI (Supplemental Instruction) in the USAAdapted for use in the UK in the early 1990sAdopted by University of Manchester in 1995; now recognised as UK National Centre for PASSHigher level students helping 1st years to learn in facilitated study groupsDelivered via programmes ensuringtransfer of knowledgeLeaders work in pairs to 15 studentsWeekly 1 hour timetabled sessions

GIVE OUT HANDOUT 21 PRINCIPLES OF PEER ASSISTED LEARNINGHigher level students helping 1st year students to learn.Help 1st year students adjust to university study.Using own experience to help others.PAL is about exploring the question, not being told the answer.

(University of Missouri, 1973). Also known as PASS or SIPAL mentors work in pairsGroup of approx 15 first year studentsMeet weekly for one hourAttend fortnightly debriefs.

3Role of a PASS/PAL LeaderLead activities to help learningDevelop understanding, not rote learningListen; be supportive Signpost; pass on information and knowledgeShare experiencesAct as a role modelBuild confidence in menteesNot a tutor/lecturer!

Benefits of using PASS/PAL Schemes1st year students Eases transition into University. Builds up confidence and self-esteem. This improves their ability to master course concepts and improve study skills;Student mentors Develop a range of employability skills including group leadership and communication skills. Revisiting the course material also consolidates their own understanding;Academic staff Involved in PAL/PASS (debriefs) so that they can receive regular timely feedback on how course content is being received by the learners and be able to respond in a timely manner;the SchoolFrom improved student performance and engagement across the ability range. Breaks down barriers between year groups to develop an effective and successful learning community.

GIVE OUT HANDOUTS X 2 BENEFITS OF PASS/PAL5TutoringCounsellingDecision-making for othersCreating a dependency relationshipIn PASS/PAL, all participants are responsible for the content with PASS Leaders facilitating the process

What PASS/PAL is NOT Mock PASS/PAL sessionImagine that you are in week 1, and this is one of your first lectures..Take notes! Look at your notes can you make sense of them?What aspects do you need help with? Go to your PASS/PAL session with these notes!Student feedback on PASS/PALEvaluation Semester 1 2011/12

PASS attendance in semester 1 = 64% compared to 51% over semester 1 2010/11First year students attended on average 6.38 PASS sessions out of 10 possible sessionsOver 90% of students found them usefulThe best aspects of the scheme were:-

getting help with academic work/problems;getting to know other students better;having an informal/safe environment to ask questions.

8Mentee Comments:It is useful for me to improve my study skillsMore structure in the sessions -leaders should be able to give the answersHelpful exam revision tips and essay planning. Help adapting to uni lifeSessions should be fortnightlyMentor Feedback Skills developed by mentors: organisation communication presentation patience leadership

The experience also deepened their own understanding of the discipline

Mentor comments:Have scheduled topics for each PASS sessionBigger groups would be better so that the groups can be split to work on separate topics according to the students needsHelping first years when they are struggling with areas that I can remember finding difficult and improves my confidence and leadership skillsGood fun getting to know more people. Feeling my confidence and leadership ability growBigger groups would be better so that the groups can be split to work on separate topics according to the students needsBigger groups would be better so that the groups can be split to work on separate topics according to the students needsAcademic Staff Feedback:I certainly agree that this is a good scheme; a number of my students have mentioned that they found this to be helpful. So thanks very much to everyone involved!the students seem better prepared for their tutorials than in previous years, and dont seem to be asking many of the simpler questions.Making it workEnsure buy-in from staffTimetable the sessions; make them compulsoryThorough training of the mentorsA co-ordinator to evaluate delivery and run debriefsRegular contact and support for mentorsImprove students expectations of what PASS/PAL deliversCelebrate the success of the scheme and the mentors contribution

GIVE OUT HANDOUT TIMELINE13Reward and RecognitionAwards ceremonyAdditional trainingOpportunity to attend conferencesSponsorshipGoody bagPASS Leader logbook skills proficiency

New Developments

PASS intern Use of social media - Dedicated VLE resource debrief aid Exchange Triangle Manchester/Salford PASS branding and fortnightly newsletter - PASSwords PASSport International Study Groups Sponsorship

PAL 215Thank you for your timeAny questions?