Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

The PASS program is a peer-facilitated and cooperative student support scheme for students enrolled in the respective units. It consists of weekly one hour sessions in small groups of 5 - 10 students and runs from week 2 to week 11.

PASS gives students enrolled in some of the large core units the opportunity to work collaboratively in small groups with the help of competent, caring, subject experienced student peers.

PASS is available for the following subjects:

School of Social Work (On-Campus):

  • SWSP1003: Introduction to Human Services
  • SWSP1023: Professional Practice 1

School of Psychological Sciences (On-Campus and Online):

  • PSYC1012: An Evidence Based Approach
  • PSYC2012: An Evidence Based Approach 2
  • PSYC1022: Intro to Psychology - Individual, Society, and Culture
  • PSYC1032: Intro to Psychology - Biology, Learning and Cognition

The objective of PASS is to educate, encourage, and build confidence in each student who participates in this program.

Sessions are designed to maximise students’ understanding of the subject, in a casual and relaxed environment. The sessions also integrate study tools and successful exam techniques specific to that course.

The focus is on the group and learning together. Peer learning is recognised as a powerful learning technique and research has shown that students who study together outside the classroom achieve better results (Murray, 2009).

Some features of PASS sessions:

  • they complement subject lectures and tutorials.

  • they are led by current senior high achieving students.

  • they are designed to help all students.

  • they target subjects that are studied early in the student’s course, or that are identified as difficult for students.

  • they help students with their study time: 1 Pass session (45-60 minutes) has shown to be as effective as 2 hours of study time at home!

  • they are voluntary and require no registration (just drop in to a session).