The University of Newcastle, Australia

Peer assisted study sessions (PASS)

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) provide a platform for you to compare notes, discuss difficult concepts and review weekly material with other students.

Sessions are led by a trained PASS leader who previously received great grades in your course.

It’s free, it’s proven to work, and it’s for everyone – you don’t even need to book ahead, just turn up! Students can contact PASS, or find out more about PASS below.

Courses and timetables

A full list of courses offering PASS in Semester 2, 2019 can be found below. To find out when face-to-face sessions will be held you can view the PDF timetables for each campus. You can also check the Web Timetable*.

You can also login to Blackboard and look for 'Online PASS' under 'My Other Sites'. The Blackboard site will give you access to Online PASS resources and information about session times and locations.

  • BIOL1002
  • CHEM1020
  • CIVL1100
  • CMNS1000
  • DESN1002
  • EDUC1055
  • EDUC1103
  • ELEC1310
  • ENGG1002
  • ENGL1040
  • FMCS1200
  • FREN1100/1200
  • GEOG1020
  • GRMN1502
  • HIST1001
  • HUBS1107
  • HUBS1416
  • LING1000
  • MATH1001
  • MATH1002
  • MATH1110
  • MATH1120
  • MATH1510
  • MATH1900
  • MEDI1101B
  • MEDI2101B
  • PHYS1210
  • PHYS1220
  • PSYC1000
  • PSYC1010
  • SENG1050
  • SENG1110
  • SENG1120
  • SOCA1020
  • SOCA1050
  • STAT1070
  • BIOL1002
  • CHEM1120
  • EDUC1055
  • EDUC1103
  • ENGL1650
  • HIST1001
  • HUBS1416
  • LING1000
  • MATH1001
  • MATH1900
  • PSYC1000
  • PSYC1020
  • SENG1050
  • SOCA1020
  • STAT1070
  • ACFI1002
  • ACFI1003
  • ACFI2070
  • ACFI2080
  • CIND1002/3
  • DESN1002
  • ECON1001
  • ECON1002
  • ECON1003
  • LAWS2030
  • LAWS3041
  • LAWS4001
  • LAWS4011
  • LEGL1001
  • MKTG2010
  • STAT1060
  • EDUC1103
  • HUBS1416
  • LING1000
  • MATH1900

Why attend?

PASS is used by universities all across Australia for the simple reason that they improve the grades of students who regularly attend. PASS sessions:

  • improve analytical skills
  • increase motivation
  • improve time-management skills
  • help exam preparation

It has also been shown that one hour of face-to-face PASS is the equivalent of up to three hours of solo study – so if you’re busy, like most students, this is an awesome way to streamline your habits and make sure you’re making the most efficient and successful use of your time.

Plus it’s a great way to make friends with other students in your course.

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.

Online PASS

Online PASS Interactive Sessions are the same as on-campus PASS sessions, just online, making some courses accessible to students who study off-campus and students who find it difficult to fit on-campus sessions into their schedule.

The sessions are conducted by the same PASS Leaders who run face-to-face sessions, and have been trained to manage an online classroom.

To access Online PASS Interactive Sessions, follow the steps below:

  1. login to UONline (Blackboard)
  2. select 'Online PASS' from the 'My Other Sites' list to access Online PASS
  3. click on "MY COURSES" and you will see the links to course pages for the courses you signed up to

Each course page includes:

  • course-specific tips
  • session times
  • a blog that is updated weekly by the PASS Leader with activities and timely suggestions
  • a Discussion Board just for students in your course. The Discussion Board will be monitored by the PASS Leader so you can ask them or your fellow students questions.