Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a free peer-facilitated learning program available to students enrolled in most core units of study in the University of Sydney Business School, selected undergraduate and Juris Doctor units in the University of Sydney Law School and select units in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
As units of study work to transition to online delivery, we are doing the same. We understand it's a difficult time and want to ensure we can still deliver our program to you from the comfort of your own home.
From 30 March, we will be introducing online interactive sessions. If you're registered for PASS, we will email you this week with information on how to access these sessions. You will still be able to access the materials you need each week on our PASS Canvas site.
PASS involves weekly hour-long sessions where you work in groups of 10 to 16 students to answer specially prepared activities and problem questions, based around a unit of study you’re enrolled in. Find a list of the units of study where PASS is available.
PASS doesn’t re-teach or deliver new content. It’s an opportunity to reinforce key points from lecture and tutorial materials while applying your skills to solve problem questions. The atmosphere of the sessions is relaxed, friendly and low-pressure and you’re encouraged to ask questions and raise concerns with content.
Sessions are led by trained PASS facilitators, who recently excelled in the same unit of study. The facilitator doesn’t re-teach lecture material, but rather guides group interaction and problem solving.
You work interactively with your peers, benefiting not only from group learning but also from the recent experience of your facilitator. As a peer group, generally you decide what is covered in each session. That way, PASS directly responds to your needs and feedback.
Find out about becoming a PASS facilitator.
Registration for both undergraduate and postgraduate units in Semester 1 will open at 9am, Monday 24 February. However, programs for undergraduate and postgraduate units start on different dates.
PASS sessions for Undergraduate units start in the week beginning on 2 March.
PASS sessions for Postgraduate units will start in the week beginning the 16 March. This accommodates the start of the Master of Commerce and the Master of Professional Accounting degrees.
Juris Doctor sessions begin in Semester 1, start in Week 3 (the week beginning 9 March).
Additional sessions may be opened up in the following weeks to deal with unexpected student demand.
Statistics from previous years have shown that students who attend PASS regularly generally achieve higher grades in their PASS units than those who don't attend. They are also less likely to fail the unit.
Attending PASS regularly can also help improve your:
It’s also a great way to meet new people and make friends.
You don’t have to be ‘struggling’ to attend. PASS is for all students who want to improve their academic performance.
Discussing ideas and applying them in different contexts is key to learning to write and think like a sociologist. PASS in Sociology offers a friendly environment to support you in critically engaging with thinkers, their theories and key concepts.
Through discussions with your peers, you will deepen your ability to understand and undertake sociological analysis. PASS is an opportunity to focus on the areas you're most concerned about and develop your skills in collaboration with your peers.
Law is an ideal discipline for a strongly student-driven support program. In Law you’ll address dense and complicated material that requires extensive and careful reading. PASS offers a great opportunity to concentrate on the areas you’re most concerned about in a supportive student-centred learning environment.
Law’s focus on problem solving and appreciating the value of different approaches mean that peer collaboration is important in the learning process. PASS in Law facilitates collaboration over problem questions and encourages greater engagement.
PASS will be held for the following units of study in 2020: