Get help from fellow students with our Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). Attend a PASS session or connect online to get for tips, resources and study support

Peer study assistance

Get help from fellow students who have succeeded in your course with our Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS).


What is PASS?

PASS = Peer Assisted Study Sessions

PASS is based on an internationally recognised program and is used by universities all across Australia. The program is FREE and provides a platform for you to compare notes, discuss difficult concepts and review weekly material with other students. PASS can be accessed through face-to-face weekly sessions or online. Sessions and materials are prepared and run by a student PASS Leader who previously achieved excellent results in your course.

Currently there are over 50 courses offering PASS across all campuses.


How does PASS help you?

Research has shown that PASS sessions can improve your grades, regardless of whether you are trying to get a high distinction or just pass your course by:

  • improving analytical skills
  • increasing motivation
  • improving time management skills
  • helping exam preparation.

PASS sessions are great. They make me study and bring my attention to what I need to know. They are also a place where I'm not ashamed to firstly admit I don't know something, and secondly, to get help - previous PASS student.


How can i attend?

There are a number of ways that you can get involved and experience the benefits of PASS.

Face-to-face PASS involves one hour weekly review sessions for you to compare notes, discuss difficult concepts and review weekly material. You will also develop strategies for general study habits that can help you in all your courses. The sessions are informal and are a way to make sure you have understood the material that week.

Your PASS leader has received great grades in your course (subject) before and is able to offer an experienced point of view, but also knows what it’s like to be a student trying to get your head around a course.

The sessions run throughout the semester and usually start in the second week. Sessions run several times a week and you can just turn up to attend as many as you like.

To find out when the sessions will be held check out the timetables or log in to UONline (Blackboard) and selecting 'Online PASS' from the 'My Other Sites' list. The Blackboard site will give you access to Online PASS resources and information about session times and locations.

Whether you are unable to make it to a PASS session or just want an extra form of peer learning Online PASS is a great study resource. The Online PASS pages have been put together by PASS leaders who have studied and excelled in your course before. You will have access to tips and activities provided by the PASS leader and discussion board where you can chat with other students.

To access Online PASS just log in to UONline (Blackboard) and selecting 'Online PASS' from the 'My Other Sites' list. Sign up to your courses and they will appear in "MY COURSES", on the left-hand side of the web page. The Blackboard site will give you access to Online PASS resources and information about session times and locations.

Not sure if PASS is offered for your course? Find out here.

Online PASS Interactive Sessions are the same as on-campus PASS Sessions, just online! The sessions are run by the same trained PASS leaders as the face-to-face sessions in an online classroom through Blackboard. The one hour weekly review sessions provide the opportunity for you to compare notes, discuss difficult concepts and review weekly material.

Interactive sessions will be available for the following courses in Semester 1, 2016:

  • BIOL1001
  • EDUC2102
  • ENGL1000
  • FREN1100
  • HUMA1010
  • INFT1004
  • JAPN1110
  • LING1110
  • MATH1001
  • PHYS1205

To find out when Online Interactive PASS sessions will be held log in to UONline (Blackboard) and selecting 'Online PASS' from the 'My Other Sites' list. Sign up to your courses and they will appear in "MY COURSES", on the left-hand side of the web page.  You can join a session by clicking the 'Join Online PASS Session' button on your course home page.

Check out the PASS FAQs for more info about Online Interactive Sessions.