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Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

Peer assisted study session at Otago

What is PASS?

Peer-Assisted Study Sessions or PASS support student success through weekly 50 minute interactive study groups. These groups are facilitated by 2nd or 3rd year students (PASS Facilitators) who have successfully completed the course.

PASS involve working with your peers on subject-related problems and questions to help you get a better understanding of your course material, while developing the skills you need to do well in the course.

PASS sessions focus on integrating the course or paper content (what to learn) with academic reasoning and study skills (how to learn). PASS runs from week 2 to week 13 of both semesters. Each week in your PASS session you’ll get the chance to revise course material as a group through interactive activities and discussions.

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Register for a PASS session (Please note the 2018 semester 2 PASS timetable will not be available for registrations until Thursday 12th July, 2018).

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Why should I register for PASS?

A recent review of 29 PASS programmes in Australasia (Dawson, van der Meer, Skalicky and Cowley, 2014) found that:

  • Students who attended 8 or more sessions of PASS had a higher final grade, compared to students who attended no sessions
  • Students who attended PASS sessions reported greater satisfaction with their knowledge and improved confidence in applying their knowledge in new situations
  • Students reported that PASS had helped to develop their sense of belonging and retention in their various institutions

Here’s what some students have said about the PASS programme at Otago:

“The groups helped me to think about the content in new ways, helped me to understand it better and remember it better too. I especially liked the discussions of the answers as a group because other people would bring in ideas I'd missed and we were able to help each other rather than sit and struggle on our own”.

It’s more interactive. You can help each other work through problems instead of taking notes or being told the answers.

(PASS)…helps you get a deeper understanding when you work through problems with peers.

PASS registrations will be open online on Thursday in week one of the semester.

Register for a PASS session

Register for a PASS session (Please note the 2018 semester 1 PASS timetable will not be available for registrations until Thursday 1st March, 2018).

The PASS session timetable is listed on Thursday of week 1 of each semester. PASS is offered for the following papers.

Semester 1; BSNS111, 112, 113, 114, 115, MART112, FINC102, PSYC111, STAT110, MATH160, EAOS111, CLAS109, ENGL121, HIST108, CELS191, CHEM191, HUBS191, PHSI191, PHSE191

Semester 2; BSNS111, 112, 113, 114, 115, MART112, MANT101, FINC102, PSYC112, STAT115, MATH160, GEOL112, CLAS105, ENGL127, HIST102, SOCI102, SOCI103, BIOC191,HUBS192, PUBH192, PSYC112, PHSE192

Full Year; LAWS101

If you would like to see a PASS session run for a paper that you don’t see listed here, contact Student Learning Development reception to express your interest.

Tel 64 3 479 5786 or 0800 808 098

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