Peer Assisted Study Session

What is PASS?

PASS is an academic mentoring program, usually aimed at first year students transitioning from high school to university. It's a program of guided study groups to provide support with difficult units.

It is a student-led initiative where issues relating to course material and student life can be discussed in a friendly, informal environment with peers and trained student facilitators.

Sessions are led by PASS leaders who are students with a strong academic record and have successfully completed the units. PASS is not a remedial program but targets difficult units rather than struggling students.

Sessions usually run from week 3 to 12. Attendance is voluntary but highly recommended to all students studying the targeted units.

The units offered for PASS program will be announced by the respective schools in week 2.

Objectives and results

The program aims to help you with:

  • What to learn (unit content)
  • How to learn (developing study skills)
  • Becoming part of a community of learners

Data collected from participants in the program shows that students who regularly attend PASS are more likely to achieve distinctions and high distinctions than students who don't, and are far less likely to fail. Those who attended all sessions in the program achieved higher marks than students who only attended a few.

See PASS sessions offered this semester.


The Monash PASS program is accredited by the Australasian National PASS Centre.

The program adheres to the PASS Guidelines for Best Practice