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What is PASS?

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are a well-established and internationally recognised means of helping first year students transition into University life, make new friends, build confidence, raise expectations and improve grades. Since its inception in 1973 PASS has been offered in over 1,500 institutions worldwide across 29 countries.

The scheme involves higher level students (PASS Leaders) who are trained to provide safe and inclusive environments to facilitate interactive study sessions with first year students. The Leaders work in pairs to create and prepare activities, lead sessions, promote discussion, organise group work and share their own experiences. The sessions take place once a week and target modules that students find challenging. PASS is fun, friendly, non-remedial and does not replace any normal class contact time.

Being actively part of PASS means that you will come into contact with some of the most engaged, dedicated and creative students at the University, all looking to give their time to help others.

PASS is proven to improve academic performance and achievement, with our research indicating that regular PASS attendees’ grades are on average 10-20% higher than non-attendees. PASS also provides an additional mechanism for communication and feedback between students and teaching staff, where issues or concerns can be raised and addressed.

Sessions are designed so attendees are comfortable to ask questions and gain in confidence. It also endorses cross year engagement and allows first years to utilise second and third year students for information regarding course content and university life.

Why should I attend PASS?

As a first year student, on many of our courses, you will be assigned to a PASS group of your peers and allocated two PASS Leaders. Your PASS Leaders will also be studying on your course in higher years and have a wealth of knowledge and experience of your academic studies and UCLan. Your PASS leaders will support you with any issues that you may have, or will signpost you to the correct service if they cannot.

Each week there will be one scheduled session for PASS that will appear on your timetable. In the session the Leaders will want to know what kinds of things you want help with and they will structure the sessions specifically to meet the needs of your group. You may be struggling with some course content, writing a particular assignment, unsure of how to reference materials properly, looking to improve your study skills, trying to find your way around campus or the local area or you may just want to know about nightlife in Preston. With PASS, we can cover anything you need to know.

The sessions are designed to be safe and inclusive but also fun and friendly. They are intended to help you settle into University life, make new friends, understand course materials better, develop your knowledge and improve your grades.

If you enjoyed or want to develop your scheme you can always get involved after your first year as a PASS Leader.