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Together We Pass Launches New Website With A Host Of New Features Benefiting UNISA Students

17 Jul 2013

The groundbreaking social learning platform, Together We Pass, has launched a revamped website which will give UNISA students instant access to an even more comprehensive range of collaborative tools, discussions and services aimed at assisting them in achieving academic success.
 
“Nearly 80% of students will drop out of UNISA, the leading long distance learning institution,” says Tabitha Bailey, CEO and founder of Together We Pass. “I started Together We Pass in 2008 in an attempt to provide support for students.” And from initially offering assistance for 1 subject to 150 students, she has since grown the initiative to accommodate 430 subjects and has helped over 7000 students.
 
With the registration for the new term coming to a close, UNISA students will be eager to get a head start on their studies to avoid falling behind. The Together We Pass website does not only give students access to a multitude of resources including exam paper solutions, tutorials, tips and notes, but also helps them to improve their understanding of course subjects by joining discussion forums and to prepare for upcoming exams by doing group revision of past papers.
 
“Studies have shown that students who join a study group are three times more likely to pass than those who don’t,” says Tabitha. “The major benefit of joining a study group is being able to gain insights from the wider group by sharing everyone’s skills and knowledge as needed.”
 
Another new feature highlighted by Tabitha, is the programme’s assignment comparison technology, which to prevent cheating, provides students with feedback only once they’ve answered a question. “It shows your answers as a percentage to others, thereby protecting individual answers.

Discussions are per question to encourage students to collaborate and engage so that when the real answers are released, students see a report on how they did compared to the real answers, and compared to the class.”
 
The upgraded Together We Pass website also offers new social and income generating features. Students are able to create their own personal profiles, learn more about their classmates and send messages to fellow students.

In turn they can earn money by selling their old textbooks or referring friends to the learning platform. Advice from the initiative’s Professional Development Network can even assist students in finding employment.
 
Aside from its present study support offering, the programme will also soon release adaptive learning courses that will see to the needs of each individual learner’s proficiency.
 
Signing up to the Together We Pass platform is free and for a limited time, new subscribers will be entered into a draw to win an iPad Mini (Terms and Conditions apply). “I enrolled last year, and it has really helped me a lot, as I don’t have time to sit in a classroom every day,” said one UNISA student who has benefited from the programme.
 
To connect with Together We Pass and find out more about its social learning platform, go to:

 
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