Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

Do you want to improve your marks, meet other students and study your unit content in a relaxed, friendly and focussed way?

If so, why not join a Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS)?

What is PASS?

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) are group study sessions conducted by PASS leaders – current students who have successfully completed the targeted unit.

PASS sessions are designed to maximise your understanding of the unit content, in a fun, informal environment. PASS sessions will also help you to develop study skills, as well as exam and assessment techniques specific to the unit. Students who regularly attend sessions often see a significant improvement in their results.

For information on the times and venues for sessions, see the timetable below.

PASS Leaders

PASS Leaders are current students who are trained to run weekly group study sessions. They scored a high mark in the unit they support and have a high GPA overall.

By participating in PASS, you will learn the secrets of their success while developing independent learning skills.

PASS timetable

Semester 2, 2018

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Tuesday4pm-5pmWaterfront Campus 3.22

Ali Dhirani“Originally from Tanzania, I feel very fortunate to be pursuing my degree in Accountancy in this wonderful tropical city.

I conduct sessions for Introduction to Accounting (ACT102) and Quantitative Analysis for Business (QAB105) internally and externally (remotely via distance learning) for those students who are studying from Interstate.

Ali Dhirani.

Tuesday7pm-8pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Thursday7pm-8pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate


I'm a Literature major studying a Bachelor of Arts, this is my third degree. I graduated as a registered nurse in 2009 from QUT in Brisbane and I'm now completing my Masters of Counselling course at the same time as my Arts degree.

My best piece of study advice (from the experience of changing courses four times before finding the Arts course at CDU), is study what you are passionate about. If you're not passionate about your course, you won't have the motivation to complete your assignments.

Samantha Frederiksen.

Wednesday7.30pm to 8.30pmAccessed via Learnline
Wednesday6pm-7pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Thursday4pm-5pmOrange 1.3.15


I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education and hope to complete my course at the end of this semester.

I have been PASS leader for CUC107 (Cultural Intelligence and Capability) for two years, and find that the subject fits in nicely with my course specialisations – Indonesian language and English Literature.

I have been on overseas exchanges to Indonesia during my degree and have found that I have ‘lived’ much of what we learn about in CUC107. I look forward to meeting all the new participants this semester!

Lara Whitehouse.

Wednesday5.30pm to 6.30pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate


I am studying a Bachelor of Education Graduate Entry (Primary stream). This is my third year studying part time. I have 12 months to go until I am finished! I am married with two boys aged 7 and 4.

I have been PASS leader for EMA100 for two semesters. I love seeing students go from being petrified about maths to being confident and highly successful. 

Laura Sundqvist.


Monday3pm-4pmPurple 12.1.19
Monday6pm-7pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate


I'm a third-year chemical engineering student at CDU, and have been a PASS leader for 3 semesters.

I enjoy running PASS sessions because it gives me a chance to share a student's perspective on taking a unit, and more importantly, what I learnt that helped me pass that unit.

Louis Kubasiewicz.

Thursday 3.30pm - 5pmPurple 12.2.22
Thursday7pm - 8pm Online via Blackboard Collaborate


I completed my Masters in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at CDU in 2017. I am currently working with Associate Professor Erwin Chan on his Microwave Photonics research.

I am happy to be the PASS Leader for the subject ENG445 process control and I hope to help students with this difficult unit.

Charlie Huang. 

Friday3pm-4pmPurple 12.3.14
Friday8.30pm to 9.30pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate


I'm in my fourth year of Civil and Structural Engineering.

I'm currently the PASS leader for ENG252 Dynamics and have previously delivered PASS sessions for ENG151 Statics.

I am a co-founder and past President of the CDU Engineering Students Society. I love meeting new people and helping students do their best.

Shannon Kieran.


PASS Sessions for NUR115 have been cancelled for the rest of semester.

Monday5pm-6pmRed 6.1.09
Wednesday6.30pm to 7.30pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate


I am a second-year Bachelor of Nursing student. I have been the PASS leader of NUR120 Introduction to Professional nursing since semester 1, 2018. My goal is to empower people through education because I believe that education is the key to self-improvement.

Charlotte Balu.

Monday4pm to 5pmBlue 1.1.35
Tuesday7.30pm to 8.30pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Wednesday11am to 12pmBlue 1.1.42
Thursday7.30pm to 8.30pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate


I am currently in my second year of the Bachelor of Psychological Science at CDU. I am interested in pursuing a career in clinical psychology.

I have wanted to be a doctor since I was young. Following my experiences at medical appointments I knew that helping people mentally, instead of physically, was the right path for me. I find that with each passing semester I become even more passionate and driven to get out there and help people feel more mentally secure.

I currently deliver the on-campus PASS sessions for PSY141.

Natalie Lim.


I am an external student, studying part time from rural Victoria. After an extended absence from study, I completed the Tertiary Enabling Program before commencing a Bachelor of Psychological Science in 2016. I currently run external PASS sessions for 'Introduction to Psychology' A and B.

Alicia Follet.

Wednesday4.30 pm to 5.30pmWaterfront 3.21
Wednesday5.45pm to 6.45pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate


Originally from Tanzania, I feel very fortunate to be pursuing my degree in Accountancy in this wonderful tropical city.

I conduct sessions for Introduction to Accounting (ACT102) and Quantitative Analysis for Business (QAB105) internally and externally (remotely via distance learning) for those students who are studying from interstate.

Ali Dhirani.

Monday7pm-8pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Tuesday7pm-8pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate


I'm a second-year medical student at Flinders University. 

studied SBI171 a few years ago, and in addition to doing fairly well in the unit, I enjoyed it immensely. Anatomy and Physiology has continued to be one of my favourite subjects. I'm keen to meet the new SBI171 students and guide you through this difficult but rewarding unit. 

Kaavya Weerasunda.

Monday2pm to 3pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Wednesday2pm to 3pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Friday2pm to 3pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate


I'm in my final year of the Bachelor of Nursing. I've been a teacher and educator for the past 25 years here in the NT and in WA, I'm now having a career change.

Sheri Lochner

Monday12pm - 1pmYellow 1.1.39
Thursday 6-7pm Online via Blackboard Collaborate


I am in my last semester studying Bachelor of Clinical Sciences and will be starting the Northern Territory Medical Program next year.

I'm glad to share my experiences studying this unit and am eager to have enjoyable, fun and student-centred PASS sessions.

Sowmya Kalase.

Tuesday3pm-4pmPurple 12.1.15
Thursday3pm-4pmPurple 12.1.15


I'm an education student (Secondary Maths) with many years of teaching experience. I can identify with the challenges of juggling external study, work, raising a family and keeping sane!

I love journeying with people in learning, as learning is social. Humour also helps for memory retention, so I try to find fun ways to understand and remember maths. I like to incorporate study and motivational tips in my sessions and actively involve participants. See you in a session soon!

Adelheid Bennet.

PASS Sessions for SOC145 are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Tuesday5pm to 6pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Thursday2.30pm to 3.30pmBlue 2A.1.01


My study journey began as a mature-age student. Over the course of several years I became curious as to why people make decisions that are harmful to themselves in stressful situations. This was the starting point to enrol in a Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Now three years along in my course, I am looking forward to finishing my studies so I can have a positive influence in people’s lives.  

Rachel Tuthill.

Wednesday2.30pm - 3.30pmOnline via Blackboard Collaborate
Wednesday2.30pm to 3.30pmPurple 12.1.17


I recently completed my Master of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics) and now I’m a PhD candidate at CDU. My academic interests include analogue electronics, digital systems and communications.

My passion for becoming a PASS leader stems from the personal satisfaction that I obtain by helping students to learn and achieve good grades. Hence, I am very motivated and looking forward to help you excel inthe comparatively difficult subjects ENG473, ENG474 and ENG224.

Bijaya Paudel.



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