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What are PASS groups?
PASS groups are weekly one-hour study groups, set up by Learning Services to help students succeed in particular courses.

Who can go to the PASS groups?
If you are enrolled in the course, you can go to the PASS group.

What are the benefits of attending PASS?
In the PASS sessions, you can:

  • go over the important topics from lectures and tutorials
  • study with other students in your course
  • work in small groups
  • do quizzes and activities to help you learn and remember
  • ask questions in a relaxed environment
  • develop effective study and learning strategies, and
  • prepare for tests and exams.

When and where do the PASS groups meet?
Most PASS groups start in week 2 or 3 of the course, and meet every week until the end of the semester (except for term breaks and statutory holidays). They occur in Semester 1 & Semester 2, unless specified.

How do I join a PASS group for my course?
You don't need to sign up, just turn up! You can join a PASS group at any stage of the semester.

Is there a group leader?
Each PASS group is guided by a student who has successfully completed the course. These PASS Group Leaders create an active, supportive environment that encourages participative learning with foci on key concepts and important course content. So PASS is like an independent study group, only better!

Please email pass@ara.ac.nz with any questions or feedback.

See your course Moodle page to find out whether your course has a PASS Study Group, as well as when and where the PASS group meets.