LTA Connect: Peer-assisted study

This webinar gave background to the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) peer support scheme that has been running at the University of Manchester since 2005 which enables peer groups to study together.

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PASS is a peer support scheme whereby experienced higher year students (‘leaders’) volunteer to mentor, support and facilitate the learning of lower year students (‘participants’ – usually 1st years). During an hour long timetabled weekly session, participants are invited by their leaders to discuss and solve as a group the academic problems which they have identified that week, thus promoting self-directed learning practices and helping them develop as independent learners. PASS has other aims: i) provide participants with a safe environment to voice concerns, questions, and generate feedback about the course, ii) assist them in their transition to HE, including study skills development, iii) help clarify course expectations through discussion with Leaders, and iv) increase peer interaction and install a sense of community within our large cohorts.

Learning and Teaching Enhancement Values


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PASS Leaders handbook


Dr. Maggy Fostier, Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester. PGcert, SFHEA

Dr Maggy Fostier studied at the University of Toulouse before completing a PhD and a post doc in developmental biology studying the Notch signalling pathway in Drosophila at the University of Manchester. After working for a short time in biotechnology in France, she returned to Manchester as a senior teaching-focused lecturer.


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