Making a successful transition from FE to HE: a student par
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Making a successful transition from FE to HE: a student partnership approach

Deborah O’Neill, Lori Stevenson, Kayleigh

McMenamin

, Angie Pinkerton, Rachael Lowther

Slide2

Introduction to project

Project Aim/Outcomes:

To enhance the transition into and through university for direct entry (DE)

students entering a BSc. Psychology programme

To evaluate what helps DE students transition into advanced levels in

the

programme

To evaluate the impact on the student helpers’ confidence and

teamworking

/presentation skills

Slide3

What did we do?

Year 1 – pilot project informed by work with staff & student helpers (Staff & psychology society)

Year 2 – evaluation (staff, psychology society, 2 student helpers)

Year 3 – further changes based on feedback (increased student input, increased applied aspect)

Year 4 – rolling out to other disciplines

Slide4

General feedback

Slide5

Findings

Focus groups

College preparation and academic confidence varied significantly

Majority of students felt under-challenged and ‘

spoonfed

S

tudents

identified

concerns about essay

writing,

exam

preparation and learning independently

(these were targeted for follow up sessions)

‘I

hope, or I’m scared that you don’t get as much spoon feeding

here’..

‘I’m going into 3

rd

year and I don’t feel like I know any psychology

H

e (college lecturer)

was like go and read that and spit that back out to me in the exam. So you could just memorise literally the sheet that they gave you and you would pass. See by the end, it just felt as if they couldn’t really be bothered and that they needed to hurry it up

Slide6

Findings

Evaluations & student reflections

Just

got our results back and I got 10% higher in this essay than my

PID essay

! All our direct entry group got at least a 2:1 with this essay. Couldn't have done it without

yous

!’

… I feel like

they

(college),

kinda

conned us a wee

bit they

took a bit of our

confidence….

Because it wasn’t as big a jump. I think that

uni

is harder but its manageable and I

take

pride in being at

uni.

…I

take pride in things better, see this (pass fail)– that’s the biggest difference that I’ve felt between college and

uni

is that you can see what you’re getting you can improve on it and you can take pride in

it….. you

didn’t really get rewarded in college, you didn’t get anyone encouraging you with things, you just got right passed it, put it to the back and then onto something else….

Slide7

Findings

Improved academic performance particularly in 3

rd

year students (

62.2% mean mark for essays

compared to

cohort 58.9%, exams

mean of 61.4% compared to the cohort mean of

54.9%)

Increased engagement with LDC

Improved sense of belonging

‘we don’t want to leave!’

Slide8

Student experience

Experience of being a participant

Experience of helping/being part of project delivery

Slide9

Summary

Key elements of the project’s success

Engaging the students early, helping them socialise with current students

Keeping in touch throughout the programme

Students taking ownership of learning