PASS: Peer Assisted Study Sessions

What is PASS?Logo for Peer Assisted Study Sessions

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a model for peer learning that is based on the SI model (Supplemental Instruction). PASS is a collaborative project between 301 and a number of academic departments and utilises the skills and experience of higher year students to provide study support for students in lower levels of study on the same course.

PASS is an established peer learning model and is used extensively in the UK and internationally to support student transition, retention and to enhance educational attainment. There is a significant and growing evidence base to support the benefits to participants and student leaders who engage with PASS.

How does PASS work?

  • PASS fosters cross-year support between students on the same academic programme. Higher year students are trained as Peer Assisted Study Leaders where they use their knowledge and experience to facilitate study support sessions for students in lower levels of study.
  • PASS Leaders assist groups of students in finding their own solutions to problems, by encouraging collaborative discussion and guided questioning.
  • The PASS scheme develops study skills and encourages active learning in an informal, friendly and fun environment.

Want to find out more?

Introducing PASS to Your Department

The Benefits of PASS

PASS Case Studies

PASS Model Benefits of PASS PASS Leaders BMS
Find out how to collaborate with 301 to establish a PASS scheme in your department Find out about the benefits of PASS to participants, PASS Leaders and the Module Leader/Department Read about a number of the PASS schemes that are already taking place across the institution

Contact us

To find out more information about PASS, or if you are interested in getting involved with PASS in the future, please contact us: pass@sheffield.ac.uk