Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is an academic mentoring program of guided study groups. Sessions are facilitated weekly, with groups of 12 to 30 students in specific units. The PASS leader is a mentor that directs content areas based on the previous week’s lectures and their personal experience. They are friendly peers that impart useful study skills, encourage active university life, help mentees make friendships in class, and motivate students to do the required work to achieve desired results.

PASS incorporates what to learn with how to learn. It is a facilitated session run by a PASS leader that uses a range of activities to promote active and independent learning. PASS always encourages learning and is a great opportunity to assist with preparing for assessments and end of semester exams.

PASS will be delivered online in Semester two, 2020. PASS participants, please visit your Moodle unit page to access the online sessions from Monday 10 August.

PASS leaders facilitate PASS group study sessions and need to be supportive, inclusive and focus on the needs of students. You will not be teaching or reteaching new material, but will instead be guiding students to find their own answers, encouraging them to use university resources and to collaborate with other students. It is a supplemental program to lectures, tutorials and workshops.

A PASS leader runs between two to four one-hour PASS sessions a week. PASS leaders are paid and have the opportunity to participate in the program for several semesters. Experienced leaders have the opportunity to train and mentor new leaders as well as other opportunities.

Being a PASS leader helps you develop the skills most highly valued by employers (2007 Monash Graduate Employers Survey):

  • oral and written communication skills
  • teamwork and leadership
  • problem solving
  • time management
  • ability to learn new skills
  • ability to cope with pressure.

Eligibility

You must be:

  • currently studying or have studied the relevant PASS unit
  • be an undergraduate for undergraduate units, or postgraduate for postgraduate units
  • have successfully completed at least 48 credit points of your Monash degree
  • be available to be a PASS leader for at least two semesters
  • have a weighted average mark (WAM) of 60 or more
  • have a distinction or higher for the relevant PASS unit(s)
  • commit 4-5 hours per week during semester, to the program
  • attend the PASS Leader Training Program (usually held during O'Week).

PASS leaders must also have excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills. Any experience in tutoring, coaching, customer service and leadership roles in clubs, societies, teams or at high school will help to demonstrate these skills. Preference is given to students who have regularly attended PASS.

Position description

PASS leader (pdf, 0.11 mb)

Mentees are first year undergraduate or postgraduate students wanting to stay on top of university expectations and unit content, and connect with potential study-partners.

The sessions delivered target difficult core units that a large number of students need to do. The study skills and friendships developed through PASS are useful and support students throughout university life.

Whether you're a high-achiever or nervous about a difficult unit, PASS can provide you with the support you need. Sessions are held on-campus with 12 to 30 students per session. The sessions are run as a fun and active group approach to help you feel engaged with your course and develop study skills you need to be successful in it.

Benefits

Students who regularly attend PASS are more likely to score a D or HD, and are less likely to fail the unit. Each session provides revision and consolidation while lecture concepts are still fresh in your mind, and provides support for assignments. The notes from PASS are useful for exam revision at the end of semester.

The program aims to help you with:

  • What to learn (unit content)
  • How to learn (developing study skills)
  • Keeping you up-to-date and motivated in your studies
  • Establishing study groups and friendships to enrich your student life

PASS participants

"PASS helped give me a better idea of what concepts are important, refined and established my understanding. I recommend PASS because it's a fun way to revise, meet other students, and really prepares us for exams. I also benefited by receiving academic mentoring from the PASS leader running the session, who helped me with my problems and questions I had."

- PASS participant, BIO1011

"PASS gives me the opportunity to go through practice problems, and practise issue spotting and writing up responses, especially towards the end of semester. It's a lot more relaxed than a workshop or tutorial. Everyone is a lot more open and I felt confident to speak up and share my answers in a non-judgmental environment."

- PASS participant, LAW1114

"PASS is very interactive and fun. The benefit of students teaching first-years is that they can give an insight from their experience and advise them on what to do. It is the best mode of revision you can opt for."

- PASS participant, FIT1047

"I liked how PASS used a combination of MCQs and SAQs to consolidate our knowledge. I also really liked how we worked on the questions together, allowing me to not only learn from my peers but also share my ideas. The PASS leaders' quizzes also help me realise which details I may have missed during my own study."

- PASS participant, BMS1031

"Going through different questions in each PASS session really helps with my own analysis and study structure. The academic mentoring in PASS provides helpful insight into the unit that we can't get from lectures, as we receive a student perspective on the unit from the PASS leader who has been in our shoes and succeeded."

- PASS participant, BTC1011

PASS will be delivered online in Semester one, 2020. Visit your Moodle unit page to sign up and access online sessions.

Art, Design, and Architecture

  • ARC1301 - Architecture communications 1

Arts

  • ATS1061 - French introductory 1

Business and Economics

  • BFF1001 - Foundations of finance
  • BTC1110 - Commercial law
  • MGF5962 - Principles of management

Engineering

  • ENG1001 - Engineering design: Lighter, faster, stronger
  • ENG1002 - Engineering design: Cleaner, safer, smarter
  • ENG1003 - Engineering mobile apps

Information Technology

  • FIT1045 - Algorithms and programming fundamentals in python
  • FIT1047 - Introduction to computer systems, networks and security
  • FIT9131 - Programming foundations in Java
  • FIT9132 - Introduction to databases
  • FIT9133 - Programming foundations in python

Law

  • LAW1114 - Criminal law 1

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

  • BMA1901 - Human structure and function 1
  • BMS1021 - Cells, tissues and organisms
  • BMS1031 - Medical biophysics
  • NUR1112 - Fundamental skills and knowledge for nursing and midwifery practice 1
  • NUT1101 - Science foundations
  • OCC1021 - Psychology for occupational therapy
  • PTY1011 - Physiotherapy 1

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • BPS1011 - Human Physiology I: Cells to systems
  • BPS1021 - Medicinal Chemistry I: Structure
  • BPS1031 - Physical chemistry I: Equilibria & change
  • PHR1021 - How Medicines Work I
  • PHR1031 - How the Body Works

Science

  • BIO1011 - Blueprints for life
  • CHM1011 - Chemistry 1

PASS will be delivered online in Semester two, 2020. Visit your Moodle unit page to access the online sessions from Monday 10 August.

Art, Design, and Architecture

  • ARC1102 - Technologies and environments 1

Business and Economics

  • BFF1001 - Foundations of finance
  • BTC1110 - Commercial law
  • MGF5962 - Principles of management

Engineering

  • ENG1001 - Engineering design: Lighter, faster, stronger
  • ENG1002 - Engineering design: Cleaner, safer, smarter
  • ENG1003 - Engineering mobile apps

Information Technology

  • FIT1045 - Algorithms and programming fundamentals in python
  • FIT1047 - Introduction to computer systems, networks and security
  • FIT1048 - Fundamentals of C++
  • FIT9131 - Programming foundations in Java
  • FIT9132 - Introduction to databases
  • FIT9136 - Algorithms and programming foundations in Python

Law

  • LAW1113 - Torts

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

  • BMA1902 - Human structure and function 2
  • BMS1062 - Molecular biology
  • NUR1114 - Fundamental skills and knowledge for nursing and midwifery practice 2
  • PTY1022 - Physiotherapy 2

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • BPS1012 - Human Physiology II: Body systems
  • BPS1022 - Medicinal chemistry II: Reactivity and biomolecules
  • BPS1032 - Physical chemistry II: Solutions, surfaces and solids
  • PHR1022 - How Medicines Work II

Science

  • BIO1022 - Life on Earth
  • CHM1022 - Chemistry 2

Important Dates

Mentor applications open Monday 1 June
Mentor applications close
Sunday 14 June
Mentee applications open Tuesday 28 July
Mentee applications close Friday 13 November
Program commences Monday 10 August

Program Contact

Georgia Finlayson
Academic Peer Mentoring Program Coordinator
T: 9903 4836

Karen Nisbet
Academic Peer Mentoring Project Officer  
T: 9903 4479

PASS program
E: pass.program@monash.edu
(mentors, academics, and staff)

E: pass.registration@monash.edu
(mentees)

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

Length: 11 weeks

Program type: Peer to Peer

Location: All campuses