Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

What is PASS?

The Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program is an accredited academic assistance program designed to assist students with their understanding of the course content and performance in the course.

The PASS program is based on Supplemental Instruction (SI) developed at the University of Missouri in the United States and is used extensively in Universities across Australia.

PASS Sessions:

  • are facilitated by students who have excelled in particular courses
  • assist with your understanding of course content and improve study habits
  • gives students the chance to meet in a relaxed and informal environment to discuss concepts and develop academic skills for ongoing learning and success
  • are absolutely FREE! - check the timetable and attend any session!

How is PASS Beneficial to students?

Research shows that attending PASS benefits students because:

  1. PASS is proactive and participatory.
  2. Improves grades by 12-15% for students who attend regularly (6-8 times a semester).
  3. PASS provides peer collaborative learning experiences
  4. PASS makes effective use of study time; one hour of PASS equates to approximately 3 to 4 hours of independent study.
  5. PASS provides an opportunity for students to develop relationships with fellow students.


The following ITMS courses offer PASS in Study Period 5, 2017:

Programming Fundamentals (COMP 1040)

Database Fundamentals (INFT 1020)

Systems Analysis (INFS 1021)

Tools for Software Development (INFT 2063)

Software Development with C++ (COMP 3023)

Study Period 5 Timetable 2017

Sessions commence in Week 3 and run until Week 12, SP5 2017.

Session rooms and times are subject to change, so please check back regularly for updates.

ITMS PASS Timetable SP5 2017 v1

Interested in Becoming a PASS Leader?

PASS leader positions will be advertised as they become available.

Further Information

Please refer all questions to Emily Sellar, Accredited PASS Supervisor and Coordinator, School of ITMS, 

Areas of study and research

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