PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) is an established initiative within the University, supported by the Skills Team. PASS involves higher year student volunteers working in pairs with small groups of first year students in weekly timetabled sessions. PASS is derived from Supplemental Instruction (SI) which was developed in 1973 at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, US. PASS is an internationally recognised scheme and has been proven to be successful in many institutions and disciplines. The SI model was adapted for UK higher education institutions in the early 1990s. The European Centre for PASS Centre at Lund University supports a network of institutions that run PASS, including the University of Hull.
PASS is not designed to replace interactions between staff and students. PASS sessions are always based on existing materials, so that the student leaders are not put in a position where they feel that they need to teach. PASS has been developed to enhance the student experience by helping students to develop their academic skills whilst fostering a sense of community.
PASS is discipline based and is usually attached to a challenging first year module. The leaders don’t re-teach material; they help first year students work together using facilitation strategies specifically designed for PASS. In the 2018/2019 academic year, PASS runs in the following six subject areas:
- Politics and International Studies