PASS is a student-led, student-focused approach to learning support which empowers students to take control of their own learning under the guidance of senior students who have previously and successfully completed the targeted course. PASS derives from an American model called 'Supplemental Instruction' (SI) which originated at the University of Kansas-City, Missouri in the 70's. The Supplemental Instruction (SI) and its other variants – Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS), Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) and Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) run in more than 1500 institutions and 30 countries worldwide. PASS program which was approved at the senate of the University of Ibadan on 16 January 2017, is to target traditionally difficult or core courses and provide regularly scheduled peer facilitated study sessions. The main purposes are to bridge the gap between secondary school and university and to help the students learn skills needed to succeed at the university level.
The University experimental PASS started in the 2016/2017 session with the aim of maximising the student’s performance in the already critical first year of study in CHE 157, MAT 121 and PHY 114. The program proved very effective in at least two of the courses. In the 2017/2018, the PASS sessions will hold in the same courses with one additional course each from Faculty of the Social Sciences and Faculty of Arts.
PASS are facilitated by PASS leaders, who are students who have previously completed the targeted course, and received a minimum of 65%. During the study sessions, the PASS leaders will facilitate collaborative study and group study strategies and techniques specific to the course.
Role of the PASS Leader:
PASS leaders facilitate the study sessions and act as a liaison between the lecturer(s) of the targeted course, and the students enrolled in the targeted course. The PASS Leader is to serve as a “model student” who shows how successful students think about and process the course content consistently. (S)he displays effective behavior and then transfers the knowledge and information obtained to the subsequent study sessions. The role of the leader is to provide structure to the study session, not to re-lecture or introduce new material. The PASS leaders work with students over the course of the semester to integrate the content they are being taught, with appropriate and effective study skills.
The PASS leader is expected to do the following:
- Organize and facilitate one or two 1- hour study session(s) per week
- Meet once a week for an hour each with the partnering lecturer for feedback, strategic planning, and professional development
- Meet/Interact at least once a week the PASS coordinator and other leaders for support, supervision and trainings.
- Attend mandatory training session at the beginning of the session
- Have at least 65% in the targeted course and a CGPA of 5.0 out of 7 points or 3.00 out of 4 points at the end of 2016/17 session.
PASS leaders are rewarded at the end of the semester with certification and payment.
Only students who are in 200 and 300 levels during the 2017/18 session are eligible.
PASS Leader Application Form
Applications to become a PASS Leader in CHE 157, MAT 121 and PHY 114 in 2017/18 session are now invited. Please follow the link and complete this form to apply for a place as a PASS leader. Application closes a week after the date of this publication.
For further enquiries or to access this form in a different format please email the PASS Coordinator at [email protected] with subject ‘PASS Leaders’ Application Enquiry’