Information for Staff
A few facts about PASS
- The PASS program is supervised and managed by an accredited Supervisor. Pass accreditation is undertaken through the National Pass Centre at the University of Wollongong.
- Participation in PASS is voluntary, free and open to all students in the course.
- PASS is non-remedial and aims to assist all students improve their grades.
- PASS provides an opportunity for students to learn how to study from PASS Leaders who have previously excelled in the same course.
- PASS Leaders retain currency in their courses by attending lectures, reviewing course materials and liaising with Course Coordinators.
- PASS Leaders are not considered experts in their courses and they do not re-lecture or re-teach participants.
- PASS begins the 2nd week of classes after tutorial schedules have settled down.
- PASS Leaders do not assist students with assessment tasks. They will redirect students to their tutor, lecturer or course coordinator should they require further assistance.
Inside a Typical PASS Session
A PASS session will typically hold between 10 and 20 students. During these sessions, the PASS leader uses interactive learning strategies which encourage involvement, comprehension and synthesis of course content. In addition, the PASS leader will incorporate demonstrations of effective study techniques.
PASS Leaders may provide worksheets with examples of weekly content. In a PASS Session, Leaders utilise their training to facilitate group discussion about how best to approach weekly content. Should questions arise during a PASS session, PASS Leaders encourage redirection to the students for answers.
For additional information on the University of Newcastle PASS Program please read the Information for Staff document.