Helping a leader to turn around their session

Today I am pleased to report about one of my leaders. He was struggling to get the students participating, and the session was quite, what I’d call, “leader centric”.  (PS I don’t apologise for the Miranda reference at all!).

Ideally we’re trying to help the leaders get away from being the centre of the discussion so that the students become more engaged and independent of the need for the leader.

This is what he wrote in his session report:

Q: Extra/Other

A: I tried your suggestion of creating a centre table with all the students around it, bouncing ideas off each other. It was great!! Thank you Georgina!

Q: What went well in your sessions this fortnight and why?

A: Your lesson method! It was great to hear some of the students who usually make minimal contributions!

 Q: Is there something you would do differently or improve on next fortnight?

A: Yes

 Q: If yes, please describe:

A: I’ll start changing all of my problem questions to be more centred on this new approach (so two sides can be equally right)

 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? (You may also choose another area if you wish!) 🙂

A: Facilitation skills! I got blindsided into being comfortable with the way I was running the session so I didn’t consider alternatives to the method I was using. The students seem to enjoy the new collaborative approach quite a bit!


#totally #winning



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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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