Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

Peer Assisted Study Sessions are free weekly study sessions led by a student who has successfully completed the subject in a previous year.

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

Who can participate in PASS?

PASS will be offered to all students enrolled in a number of subjects in Semester 1 2018, to be confirmed closer to the start of semester.


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

Become a PASS Leader

PASS Leaders are given the chance to develop valuable skills in group facilitation, presentation and collaborative learning through training and experience, all of which make you a valuable employee in your future career.

Leaders are not tutors; they are facilitators and are not expected to teach course content. Your job is to encourage participation and collaboration, to create a fun and engaging learning environment. Your enthusiasm for the subject and for academic

Leaders are expected to attend the lectures for the subject they will be leading, in order to refresh their knowledge of the subject and meet with potential attendees. Including preparation, leaders are expected to work approximately three-four hours per week. Leaders will be paid at an hourly rate for facilitation of the PASS sessions and attendance at lectures.

UOM 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

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 (1.5 Lecture, 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 potential leadership qualities through your resume, personal statement and interview



Applications to become a PASS Leader in the MSD for Semester 1, 2018 are by invitation only. If you have received an invitation to apply, click here to download the application form.

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