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Peer Assisted Study Sessions

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)

About PASS

PASS is an internationally accredited program.  The aim of PASS is to enable students to understand the key concepts of their study courses and to achieve their best possible results.

"You can forget facts but you can't forget understanding"

Professor Mazur, Harvard University

Weekly 50 minute group work PASS sessions are facilitated by students who have mastered the respective PASS courses and want to help students succeed.

PASS is for all students, whether to improve from a Distinction to a High Distinction; a Pass to a Credit or even just to obtain a pass. You don't have to enrol or register, just find the class time that suits you and come along.

Why Attend PASS?

PASS gives students the chance to meet in small groups with other students in the same course to compare notes, discuss concepts and develop academic skills for ongoing learning and success.

PASS Leaders respond to the needs of the students in an informal environment where students can ask questions and gain strategies for learning and revising course material. The focus of each session is determined by the needs of the group.

National PASS programs have demonstrated clear improvements in students’ grades as a result of their involvement in PASS.  Each attendance can improvement results by 1-2 marks.

PASS Leader Training group 2015

Students have commented that 'One hour of PASS is equal to four hours of individual study'.

Another great thing about PASS is that it is FREE and you don't need to sign up! Check out the session times below and simply turn up at the one that best suits you.  Regular attendance gives the chance to get to know other students and maximize your own learning, but if you can only come to a few, that's okay.

How is PASS Different from Tutorials?

Tutors often bring set questions to the tutorials for students to work through, and directly answer questions raised during tutorial sessions. PASS Leaders start with the questions PASS students raise, and assist PASS students to work together to find the correct answers.  PASS Leaders will also have activities and questions to discuss. They help students to develop their understanding of concepts by using:

  • Lecture notes
  • Tutorial materials
  • Textbooks
  • Group discussions and creative exercises

It's a great way to consolidate learning and develop techniques for effective study.

Contact Details

Audrey Stratton is an accredited PASS Supervisor, and coordinates all the PASS sessions at the University of Adelaide. Feel free to email Audrey for further information about PASS.

Audrey works with the PASS Leaders and liaises with the Course Coordinator for each of the PASS courses.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions