I hope you all enjoyed your first week of reimagining London as a national park! By the time you are reading this post, you would’ve already submitted your first essay! For those of you who haven’t heard of PASS, it’s a student mentoring scheme where second years and third years provide academic assistance to new students (or even current ones). For the School of Geography, it’s on every Thursday from 2- 3pm in room 108 (first floor of the Geography building). I had a wonderful experience working as a PASS mentor for the first time. I was quite overwhelmed by the number of students who showed up to ask for advice and support…until I realised that the first essay deadline was the very next day. That would also explain why everyone had the same questions and showed us similar essays.
PASS provides a platform for you to raise questions that you either couldn’t or didn’t want to ask your lecturers. For example, various questions regarding referencing and essay format were discussed during the first PASS session. You’ll get one-to-one attention from a second or third year mentor, probably even one studying the same degree as you. We may not always know the right answers (we’re just students after all), but we will surely know who to direct you to. Part of our job is not to tell you the exact answer but help you get to it yourself, hence the name Peer Assisted Study Support.
Another great thing about coming to PASS is that you can get to know the 2nd and 3rd year students doing the same degree. This is useful when you want to know specific information about certain modules or fieldtrips, maybe even about the best books to read for a certain module. In my opinion, there are some things that only a student can understand and relate to and I feel that’s when PASS truly fulfils its purpose.
I hope this convinces you all to come to the PASS sessions more often!
Here’s a link if you would like to know more about the scheme: