Peer Assisted Study Sessions

What is PASS?

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are free weekly study sessions with fellow students led by a student (PASS Leader) who has successfully completed the subject in a previous year.

PASS is designed for students who want to maximise engagement and enjoyment of their subjects. It's for students who want to do better.

Students who attend PASS are consistently shown to produce higher results than those who do not attend.

Study sessions are friendly, informal and collaborative. During a PASS session students:

  • Share study techniques
  • Expand on discussions from tutorials
  • Review subject readings and lecture notes
  • Discuss key course concepts
  • Prepare for assessment
  • Meet like-minded peers

Find out more about PASS during Semester 1, 2017 Orientation period

Interested in finding out more about PASS?  Come along and hear from PASS Leaders about how PASS can make a difference to your study.

Date: Tuesday, 28 February, 2017 Time: 12.30 - 2pm Location: Theatre C, Room 124, Old Arts (Building 149)

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Repeat session

Date: Wednesday, 1 March, 2017 Time: 12.30 - 2pm Location: Theatre B, Room 129, Old Arts (Building 149)

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Who can participate in PASS?

Any student enrolled in a subject with a PASS leader can attend PASS sessions. A complete list of PASS subjects for semester 1, 2017 will be posted in the next few weeks. You can also receive updates on subjects and other PASS information via our Facebook page Arts at Melbourne.

  • Keep PASS in your pocket with Instagram.
  • Hear from the peers behind PASS on our PASS blog.

PASS Video

PASS is for you!


  • Improve academic performance
  • Networking
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Problem solving
  • Study strategies

Becoming a PASS Leader

Eligible applicants are contacted directly by the Arts Student Program team and are invited to apply for the role of PASS Leader. Eligibility is based on whether applicants have achieved a H1 grade average in the PASS subject.

PASS Leaders are have the opportunity to develop valuable skills in group facilitation, presentation and collaborative learning through training and experience, all of which are valuable for future employment. Leaders are not tutors; they are facilitators and are not expected to teach course content. Their job is to encourage participation and group work, and to create a fun and engaging learning environment. Enthusiasm for the subject material and for academic collaboration are the most value attributes for applicants.

PASS Leader eligibility

  • H1 Average (80%-100%) in the chosen PASS Subject.
  • Commit to 3-4 hours a week for 11 weeks depending on the subject (50% lecture attendance, 1 or 2 hour PASS Session, 1 hour of preparation).
  • Commit to a one and a half day training session prior to the commencement of semester.
  • Be outgoing, friendly, dynamic, confident and be able to display leadership qualities through your resume, personal statement and interview.

PASS Leader position description

Position description pdf

PASS Leaders speak about their experience

Becoming a PASS leader has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of my time as a University of Melbourne undergraduate. It gave me the chance to pass on my experience in a course to fellow students, and to meet friendly and like-minded people in my fellow leaders. Anton Donohoe-Marques, Bachelor of Arts student
From the beginning, the PASS group with which I worked was welcoming and warm. Having already been exposed to the theories being taught, my role as a mentor was not to teach subject concepts, but to consolidate them through group work, study questions, interactive tasks and general discussions. Being a PASS Leader this semester has been a fantastic experience, one I would highly recommended to students wanting to help others in their academic learning and transition into tertiary education. Artemis Sfendourakis, Bachelor of Arts student