Peer Assisted Study Sessions or ‘PASS’ is an internationally accredited program aimed at assisting primarily first year coursework students in their transition into University.
PASS supports students by providing additional academic assistance. It is a student run study group external to lectures and tutorials, giving students a chance to address any possible questions that they may not have been able to raise during class hours. It is also a great way to build a network of support and friendship with other students in their class, and consolidate knowledge through fun group activities.
PASS sessions are free and facilitated by PASS leaders, who are current University of Adelaide students that have previously taken and excelled in their respective course.
PASS is not just for students who feel like they may be struggling. It is also for students who wish to get the most out of their studies. Studies completed by the Australasian Centre for PASS at the University of Wollongong have shown that 1 hour of PASS is equal to 4 hours of individual study.
Benefits of PASS
- Reaching a higher grade band compared to students who do not attend PASS
- Building friendships and a support base of peers who may also be facing difficulties
- Access to a platform where class content can be broken down into an easy-to-understand format through fun group activities
- Students who attend eight or more sessions in any given PASS course throughout a semester, will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three major prizes
95% of students who attended PASS in semester one, 2018 told us they would recommend PASS to other first year students. Here’s what else they had to say:
‘a friendly environment where everyone can talk and learn’
‘I was able to refine my understanding of concepts discussed in lectures’
‘the interactive aspect was great and it was great to know that the people taking the classes had a real passion and understanding for the particular course’
‘it did not match my expectations. It exceeded them. There were a small number of student… [and]… my PASS leader was very motivated and interested to help everyone with not only the subject, but other advice on university learning. I learnt so much from my PASS leader about university expectations’