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PASS/PAL – Peer Assisted Study Sessions/Peer Assisted Learning

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PASS/PAL – Peer Assisted Study Sessions/Peer Assisted Learning

Be a winner - be part of PASS/PAL in the Faculty of Arts

The Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) or Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Program is an academic support program for all students in selected units in the Faculty of Arts.

The Faculty of Arts calls its peer-lead study sessions PASS - while the Macquarie Law School calls its peer-assisted learning (PAL). The programs are identical, however they have different names.

PASS/PAL sessions are unit specific study sessions which are run weekly for one hour and are peer facilitated, student supported, and voluntary. PASS/PAL is a program for every student wanting to improve their academic performance. See reasons to attend PASS/PAL sessions »

I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful program. If not for PASS I would have withdrawn but with the help I receive now I am convinced that I can pass the unit and I am staying enrolled.

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The PASS/PAL session reviews the weekly material from the units lecture and tutorial, focusing on elements the PASS/PAL participants want to discuss and revisit; integrating course content with study skills and exam preparation.

PASS/PAL is based on the SI (Supplemental Instruction) program developed in Kansas at the University of Missouri in 1973. It is now used in more than 30 countries around the world and yearly more than a quarter of a million students attend Peer Assisted Study Sessions/Peer Assisted Learning Sessions.

In Australia many universities offer PASS including the University of Sydney; the University of Technology, Sydney; the University of Western Sydney;  the University of Queensland; the University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong, which is the National Centre for PASS in Australia.