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Frequently Asked Questions

Is PAL/PASS compulsory?

No, it is your choice to attend, although it is highly recommended.

How do I register for PAL/PASS?

There are two PAL/PASS sessions a week, beginning in the second week of semester. A timetable and room numbers will be available for download, and you will also be alerted to times and places in your lectures. Simply turn up for a session to participate.

What happens in a PAL/PASS session?

PAL/PASS sessions are run by PAL/PASS Leaders, who are also students. They are there to help you learn: they are not teachers. They will work through problems with you and help you develop learning and study skills while you go over the ideas and work from your unit. The PAL/PASS Leaders also have access to course materials, old tests and sample exam questions to help you prepare, but primarily they are there to respond to the challenges you are having with the course content, and to discuss and facilitate the learning process. Students set the agenda when it comes to what is covered in the sessions.

Who are PAL/PASS Leaders?

PAL/PASS Leaders are students who have completed the unit you are studying. They are not tutors or lecturers, and they will not re-teach you the course material. Leaders have excelled in the subject and in their university studies as a whole and they are selected for their interest in learning, their ability to communicate and lead, and they are trained in the PAL/PASS program techniques. They attend your lectures and know how to succeed in your unit; they will show you how to study effectively; they will give feedback, and help you engage fully with course content.

If attendance at PAL/PASS is not compulsory, why is attendance taken?

That is so we can evaluate the effectiveness of the program at the end of the semester. And although attendance is taken, it is confidential and only seen by your PAL/PASS Leader and the PAL/PASS supervisor. It is not handed on to your unit convener, lecturer or tutor.

Is PAL/PASS only for students who are having difficulty?

No, PAL/PASS is an efficient way to study, and teaches life-long learning skills. One hour in PAL/PASS, going over that week's topics and reviewing the course is the equivalent of 3-4 hours of solo study.

PAL/PASS is for everyone who wants to improve their grades and learn better ways to study. The grades of students who attend PASS sessions all over Australia are significantly better than those who do not attend.

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How many sessions can I attend a week?

You can attend as many sessions as you wish.

Can I get help with my assessments in PAL/PASS?

The content you focus on in PAL/PASS is directly related to your unit of study, but PAL/PASS leaders are instructed NOT to address current assessment or tutorial questions. However they will revise old and sample questions with you, and discuss topics which are related to assessment.

If I go to PAL/PASS, can I skip tutorials?

No. In most subjects tutorial attendance is compulsory. PAL/PASS sessions are much more informal than tutorials they are driven by the needs of the students attending. The PAL/PASS leader will not act as a tutor, or re-teach course content, but will help you find more efficient ways to study, and facilitate deep learning through discussion and group work.

What do I need to bring along to PAL/PASS?

Bring anything that relates to your unit - pen/paper, textbooks, readings, notes, etc - and be ready to use these materials actively throughout the session.

Who can I contact for more information about PAL/PASS?

Fill out the simple contact form or contact Susan Omundsen in the PAL/PASS Office in the Arts Student Centre. You can do this by calling (02) 9850 4087 or email

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