Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a free, optional, peer-facilitated learning program available to students enrolled in most core units of study in the University of Sydney Business School, and selected undergraduate and Juris Doctor units in the University of Sydney Law School.
PASS involves weekly hour-long sessions where you work in groups of 10 to 16 students to answer specially prepared activities and problem questions, based around a unit of study you’re enrolled in.
PASS doesn’t re-teach or deliver new content. It’s an opportunity to reinforce key points from lecture and tutorial materials while applying your skills to solve problem questions. The atmosphere of the sessions is relaxed, friendly and low-pressure and you’re encouraged to ask questions and raise concerns with content.
Sessions are led by trained PASS facilitators, who recently excelled in the same unit of study. The facilitator doesn’t re-teach lecture material, but rather guides group interaction and problem solving.
You work interactively with your peers, benefiting not only from group learning but also from the recent experience of your facilitator. As a peer group, generally you decide what is covered in each session. That way, PASS directly responds to your needs and feedback.
Find out about becoming a PASS facilitator.
PASS sessions start in Week 2, except for Juris Doctor (JD) sessions in Semester 1, which start in Week 3.
Additional sessions may be opened up in the following weeks to deal with unexpected student demand.
If you attend PASS regularly, statistics from past programs show you’re likely to achieve significantly better grades than if you don’t attend. You are also less likely to fail the unit.
If you attend PASS regularly, you’ll improve your:
It’s also a great way to meet new people and make friends.
You don’t have to be ‘struggling’ to attend. PASS is for all students who want to improve their academic performance.
Law is an ideal discipline for a strongly student-driven support program. In Law you’ll address dense and complicated material that requires extensive and careful reading. PASS offers a great opportunity to concentrate on the areas you’re most concerned about in a supportive student-centred learning environment.
Law’s focus on problem solving and appreciating the value of different approaches mean that peer collaboration is important in the learning process. PASS in Law facilitates collaboration over problem questions and encourages greater engagement.
PASS will be held for the following units of study in 2017.