What is PASS?

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) is an academic mentoring program, generally aimed at first year students transitioning from high school to university. It's a program of guided study groups to provide support with difficult units.

PASS is not a remedial program but targets difficult units rather than struggling students. The weekly, guided study groups provide guaranteed study time for these units, in addition to regular class times.

The study sessions are lead by PASS leaders who are students with a strong academic record and have successfully completed the units. Sessions usually run from week 2 to week 12. Attendance is voluntary but highly recommended to all students studying the targeted units.

Objectives and results

The program aims to help you with:

  • What to learn (unit content)
  • How to learn (developing study skills)
  • Becoming part of a community of learners

Data collected from participants in the program shows that students who regularly attend PASS are more likely to achieve distinctions and high distinctions than students who don't, and are far less likely to fail. Those who attended all sessions in the program achieved higher marks than students who only attended a few.