Last week at Staff Forum Tumu Tuarua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Catherine Moran talked about UC’s Student Success programme, Kia Angitu – an ecosystem of interconnected initiatives designed to help all students transition into their first year of uni and make the most of their studies. She introduced PALS Coordinator, Katie Mills who told us all about PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Sessions), one of the Kia Angitu initiatives. In case you missed it – here’s a quick recap on PALS.
Peer Assisted Learning Sessions
PALS is a peer-to-peer programme that involves regular study sessions, aligned with a course. These study sessions are facilitated by leaders who are also students and have already successfully completed the course.
Rather than a focus on “re-teaching” or “tutoring,” the sessions are centred around study skills and supporting students to revise and problem solve amongst themselves. The sessions offer an opportunity for students to:
- make connections with their classmates
- revise through group study
- learn study tips and tricks from students who have already aced the course
- learn how to navigate university life more generally in a safe, student-only environment.
The peer-to-peer environment is the greatest strength of PALS. The leaders who facilitate the sessions attend classes with the new students and are seen to be “on the same level”. New students feel that PALS leaders truly understand the challenges of the course and feel comfortable asking them questions.
You can watch the video below to see what students are saying about PALS and another Kia Angitu initiative – Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE).
Want to know more about Kia Angitu? We’ve launched a new webpage
Check out the new Kia Angitu webpage here to find out more about the programme and our vision. You can also learn more about each of the initiatives (like PALS and ACE) within the programme, and how these fit together to support students. The webpage is a work in progress, we’ll be adding more information as more initiatives are developed and implemented.
Kaihautū Angitu Ako | Programme Director – Learner Success