Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

USC's Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are free weekly one hour sessions held via Zoom to help students improve grades and connect with peers.

What is PASS?

PASS sessions are optional sessions attached to a specific USC course. The sessions are free and are designed to provide a peer-led approach for processing the course material assigned by the lecturer.

Sessions are facilitated by a peer who is a PASS Leader. The PASS leader is a highly successful student who is familiar with the content, and has completed leadership training. During the sessions, the PASS leader uses interactive learning strategies which encourage involvement, comprehension and synthesis of course content.

Benefits for students
  • PASS is led by students for students
  • PASS encourages collaborative learning and helps you to overcome challenges together
  • Sessions respond to your individual needs, as you decide what is covered in each session with your leader
PASS Courses

Supported courses are below:
Semester One, 2021 

  • LFS103- Intro Bio Science
  • NUR121- Health, Culture and Society
  • HLT103- Professional Health Communication (or similar)
  • BUS104- Discovering Management
  • EDU118- Foundations of Numeracy

Semester Two, 2021

Find out more

If you are enrolled in the courses listed above- you can find information on available PASS Sessions at your first lecture, and by searching 'PASS' in StudentHub.

What is a PASS Leader?

During the program a PASS Leader is assigned to a course. This is a highly successful student who is familiar with the content and completes PASS leadership training. The PASS leader attends some of the lectures to keep up with the course content being presented and to model effective student practices and attitudes. 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 share tips and advice of effective study techniques.

Overview of the role

The PASS Leader is a casual paid position during semester time (depending on the campus and number of students in the course). As PASS Leader, you are expected to prepare study materials for the sessions, and facilitate weekly 1-hour workshops.

The PASS Leader position provides valuable work experience opportunity by developing your employability skills through problem solving, leadership, communication and creative thinking.

Apply to become a leader

Applications for 2022 leaders will open in the lead up to the semester 1.

The Students as Partners team works closely with course coordinators to successfully facilitate the PASS program.

How can I take part?

Please contact the Students as Partners Team to register your interest in offering PASS in your course, or to request an 'Information for staff' brochure.

studentsaspartners@usc.edu.au

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Contact 

Students as Partners Team

Email: studentsaspartners@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5456 5593

How students have benefited from PASS

“The social support and creating connections through PASS in my first year had a really positive impact on my wellbeing. It was most effective when support was encouraged by the facilitator through demonstrations.”

“I wish I had attended more PASS zooms as they were extremely insightful and helpful. I will definitely engage in PASS more frequently next Sem.”

“I loved having the opportunity to meet some people in my course, via zoom made it easy to fit into my busy life with 3 kids and work as well. The PASS leader was so valuable in helping me believe in myself and trust my knowledge/study.”

“It's been really good. I got to know my best friend through PASS.”