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Supporting GEES undergraduates at Ulster through the use of Senior Student Tutor (SST) workshops

Eaton, Martin (2012) Supporting GEES undergraduates at Ulster through the use of Senior Student Tutor (SST) workshops. In: HEA STEM Annual conference 2012, Imperial College London/Royal Geographical Society. The Higher Education Academy. 1 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Undergraduate intake into the School of Environmental Sciences, Ulster comprises students studying honours degree programmes in environmental science, geography and marine science, and students following a two-year non-honours Associate Bachelors degree (ABD) in environmental studies. Longitudinal induction sees first year students interacting with studies advisers and senior student tutors (SSTs) in small group activities. The main aim of these workshops is to help level four students prepare for their end-of-semester, modular examinations. This case study outlines the organisation and rationale for this peer-mentoring scheme and determines its impact upon first year examination performance. Results reveal a positive causal relationship between workshop participation and subsequent success. It is argued that faculty suffering from student progression problems traceable to weaknesses in examination performance could benefit from adopting this locally controlled, low cost, small-scale, peer-mentoring model.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Examination assessment, first year students, peer-mentoring, senior student tutors
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
ID Code:30914
Deposited By: Dr Martin Eaton
Deposited On:26 Jan 2015 11:00
Last Modified:26 Jan 2015 11:00

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