The purpose of this action research was to find out if participants of a pilot PASS program found it to be helpful. The program was implemented for the first time in an institute of higher learning in Malaysia. An action research design guided the study, with surveys, documents, and reflections as primary data sources. The findings were largely positive, with participants citing PASS sessions to have helped them in the study of difficult first year subjects and in the development of some study skills. PASS also improved social integration. The collaborative and facilitated structure of PASS sessions were reported to be key aspects that improved student learning. Some issues were also highlighted and discussed, such as misconceptions of the role of PASS leaders.
Recommended CitationSultan, Fauziah K.P.D.; S. Narayansany, Kannaki; Kee, Hooi Ling; Kuan, Chin Hoay; Palaniappa Manickam, M. Kamala; and Tee, Meng Yew, Helping students with difficult first year subjects through the PASS Program, Journal of Peer Learning, 6, 2013.