Peer Assisted Study Sessions

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a free, voluntary academic assistance program that uses peer-led study groups to help students succeed in challenging units.

PASS is facilitated by PASS Leaders – trained senior students who have excelled in the unit in the past. The 50-minute sessions are centred around helping you to understand what to learn (course content) and how to effectively learn it (study skills), and overall provide a social and relaxed environment where you can supercharge your understanding.


Benefits of attending PASS

Evidence shows that students who attend PASS regularly on average achieve higher results and are more likely to pass their units. Some of the benefits you can experience include:

  • Deeper understanding of tough unit content
  • New study strategies and skills
  • Ability to meet people in your course and make friends
  • Learn uni tips from successful upper year students
  • Opportunity to ask questions in a non-threatening environment.

Units available for PASS sessions

Specific units are selected for PASS sessions each semester based on need by the Peer Learning and Support Coordinator in consultation with the Dean of Learning and Teaching within each college. The undergraduate units on offer for this semester are:

  • BIO152 Cell Biology
  • BMS101 Introduction to the Human Body
  • BSL165 Foundations of Business Law
  • BUS123 Management in a Global Environment
  • CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry
  • CRM100 Introduction to Criminology
  • EDN110 Mathematics for Teaching
  • EDN111 Language for Learning and Teaching
  • ICT159 Foundations of Programming
  • ICT283 Data Structures and Abstractions
  • MAS162 Foundations of Discrete Mathematics
  • MAS164 Fundamentals of Mathematics
  • MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis
  • NUR131 Nursing Bioscience 1
  • PSY101 Introduction to Cultural Psychology
  • PSY251 Psychology: Biological Bases of Behaviour

Sign up now

If PASS is running for your unit, it will be advertised in Week 1.

Check session times and sign up information

Interested in becoming a PASS or PAC leader?

The positions of PASS leaders are highly competitive. Recruitment typically begins two to three months before the beginning of semester.

Find out more about becoming a leader