Peer Assisted Study Sessions
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is an academic support program of guided study groups in specific units. Sessions are facilitated weekly by a PASS leader. The PASS leader facilitates activities based on the unit from the previous week. They are friendly peers that share study skills, encourage active university life, help participants make friends, and motivate them.
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PASS leaders are students who have excelled in the unit and have excellent communication, teamwork, leadership and problem solving skills.
PASS leaders are the facilitators of PASS sessions. They are not tutors and are not expected to teach or re-teach unit content. PASS leaders work closely with the unit's teaching team to plan sessions that align closely with the unit content. PASS leaders share study strategies so as to integrate what to learn with how to learn.
PASS participants are first-year students (undergraduate and postgraduate) wanting to stay on top of university expectations and unit content. To be eligible, they must be completing one of the PASS units (see semester one and semester two units).
Units are selected for PASS based on cohort size, fail rate, assessment type, and their place within the degree (first-year, compulsory units are prioritised).
Students access PASS sessions through Allocate+ or the PASS Moodle on their Moodle dashboard.
The program aims to help mentees with:
- What to learn (unit content)
- How to learn (developing study skills)
- Keeping them up-to-date and motivated in their studies
- Establishing study groups and friendships to enrich their student life
PASS sessions run for one hour per week, during semester time from weeks 2 to 12.
Yes, PASS leaders are paid HEW4 Casual Loaded Rate. Students must submit their resume as part of the application process.
The academic should have regular meetings with the PASS leader to make sure they are covering the correct unit material and their session plans and activities are relevant for the unit. We also encourage academics to promote PASS sessions during lectures, tutorials, on Moodle and social media.