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 and selected undergraduate and Juris Doctor units in the University of Sydney Law School.
In 2021 we will deliver our PASS program through interactive online sessions and face-to-face sessions.
Registrations will open 9am Monday 1 March 2021. Postgraduate PASS sessions will continue to run online whilst our Undergraduate and Law PASS sessions will be delivered in both formats.
You'll also have access to all PASS 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 1 March 2021. PASS sessions will begin on Monday 8 March (Week 2 of Semester 1).
Juris Doctor (JD) sessions in Semester 1, will start in Week 3 (the week beginning 15 March 2021).
All PASS sessions scheduled are indicated by Sydney local time.
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.
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 2021: