Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
PASS stands for Peer-Assisted Study Sessions. PASS is a peer facilitated, cooperative student support scheme for all students operating in most core units of study.
PASS attendance is voluntary but highly recommended. It is not a remedial program for "struggling" students, but rather, a program for all students who want to improve their academic performance.
PASS involves weekly timetabled sessions where PASS peer facilitators model different study techniques, assist with study guides and provide timely feedback. The focus is on increasing student understanding and deeper learning. The peer facilitators are students who have taken the subject before and are trained to foster student learning and active engagement with their course content. The peer facilitators are not there to re-teach lecture material, but rather to facilitate discussion and active learning.
The sessions are highly interactive and student focused. PASS groups contain between 10-16 students with one peer facilitator.
PASS does not replace tutorials or tutors. Rather, the group's knowledge and the challenges students are having with their content is the focus for the PASS sessions to help students effectively learn and engage with the course content. The materials used in PASS are posted onto the PASS Blackboard webpage and are available for use by all students.
Students need to register for a PASS session at the beginning of each semester. Registrations open in the first week of semester and sessions fill up fast so it's best to get in early.