Retention and attrition and communication development

Some session report insights to share with you:

Q: Students lead in U:PASS for a wide variety of reasons – to mentor, to gain leadership skills, to improve communication skills, to get educational experience, to see what it’s like working for UTS. What’s something you feel you have gained in one (or more) of these areas over the last fortnight? Why?

A: Sharing the sense of belonging. This past fortnight I’ve had the sense that all the students have more or less found their place in the whole university setting – regardless of whether they are struggling or shining academically, they all seem happy to be there and committed to staying.

YAY!

And this one:

Q: Students lead in U:PASS for a wide variety of reasons – to mentor, to gain leadership skills, to improve communication skills, to get educational experience, to see what it’s like working for UTS. What’s something you feel you have gained in one (or more) of these areas over the last fortnight? Why?

A: U:PASS is really helping me to improve my communication skills, thus improving my employ-ability at the end of university. This was one of the reasons I became a U:PASS leader.

The whole experience of being a U:PASS leader can be attributed to this but in particular:

Speaking in front of people you’ve never met, without having planned what you want to say.
Interacting with the students that attend the sessions

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About Georgina Barratt-See

Georgina manages the UTS U:PASS (UTS Peer Assisted Study Success) program, which assists students in 50 first and second year subjects with study sessions run by trained student facilitators. Georgina has 14 years experience in the Higher Education sector with interests in student leadership, mentoring, first year experience, teaching and learning.

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