Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS)

Join a student-led PASS group, available for many 100-level courses, to support your in-class learning, develop your study skills and meet new people.

PASS stands for 'Peer Assisted Study Support', a programme run by Student Learning to provide you with an opportunity to meet other students, develop study skills and engage in 'active learning' in 100-level courses.

PASS study groups are led by students who have successfully passed the course. You meet for one hour a week, working together in groups to consolidate understanding, reinforce key concepts, and develop effective study strategies.

The benefits of PASS

PASS groups help you gain extra skills and understanding—research proves that studying with others can improve your grades. Weekly study groups encourage 'active learning': working with others to discuss course material, practise problem solving, and develop study skills.

Talking about your subject can help you clarify your understanding in preparation for tutorials, assignments and exams. Your study group leader has successfully passed this course, but is not here to give you the answers. You learn best by helping and teaching each other.

Courses with PASS groups

PASS operates in a range of 100 and 200-level courses. Check your course outline or ask your lecturer or course coordinator if you're not sure whether there's a PASS group for your course.

Session times and sign-up details are announced in the first week of lectures. For further information, ask your lecturer, or email pass-studygroups@vuw.ac.nz.

Students say, 'you know what to expect from the course', 'you can go over stuff you didn't understand in the lecture', 'discussing with others helps material sink in', and 'you can brainstorm for assignment and exams'.