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An insight into peer learning

October 28, 2019 by Curtin CEL Team

An insight into peer learning

UniPASS is a program of weekly study sessions available for selected units. Led by a senior student, otherwise known as a Peer Learning Facilitator (PLF), these informal sessions are designed to be flexible and fun.

We thought we’d take the opportunity to hear from a UniPASS facilitator about their experience. James is a 2nd year Physiotherapy student, as well as a PLF with UniPASS.

How did you get into the UniPASS program?
I found out about UniPASS when I was a first year student. I attended regularly and I really liked the idea of a senior student giving back to the community.

What do you like about the program?
As a student, I loved how UniPASS would get us away from our screens and allow us to study by interacting with others. As a PLF, having a break from my studies in order to facilitate the learning of others is something that I look forward to all the time.

Do you think the program helped with your professional development?
UniPASS organises many extra-curricular workshops that can help you grow not only as a PLF, but also as a human being. UniPASS connected me to a suicide prevention workshop that helped me understand what one of my friends was going through and how I could talk to him about it.

Would you recommend becoming a UniPASS Facilitator?
I would definitely recommend becoming a PLF – it’s honestly the best job I could have while I am studying. You still have a lot of fun as a PLF, you won’t regret it!

One of my ex-students approached me once and said: “James, I got 90% in my exam and I think that was because of your UniPASS sessions.”
This really warms your heart and you see that you are making a difference!

Like the sound of James’ experience? Interested in becoming a UniPASS Peer Learning Facilitator in 2020? Applications are now open, closing on Sunday 3 November 2019.

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