What is PASS?

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is for everyone! Whether your grades are top-notch or could use improvement, PASS will help you get the grade you want by reviewing specific course content as well as transferable study skills.

PASS provides a welcoming and supportive environment where you can work through difficult material or ask that question that you didn’t ask in the lecture. It’s different from tutorials, discussion groups and labs; it is a relaxed, informal environment, where students are not being graded or judged in any way. PASS Facilitators incorporate a variety of engaging activities that show students how to integrate new academic skills with important course content.

In the average PASS workshop, students can expect to work through a handout with their peers and with guidance from a peer facilitator who took the course and received an A- or above. The PASS Facilitator does not re-lecture, but instead encourages students to participate and collaborate with one another, in order to encourage independent learning.

Why Should You Attend PASS?

PASS focuses on active learning, by reviewing course material in a variety of ways that are engaging and collaborative. PASS workshops are led by well-trained and knowledgeable facilitators who have taken the course themselves. Attending PASS has been shown to raise your grade, on average, by a full letter grade – that can be the difference between passing and failing, or in keeping your academic scholarship next year. Attendance is voluntary and anonymous; you will not be graded and your professor or your TA won’t know if you do or do not attend. PASS aims to create a welcoming and supportive environment where you can work through difficult material or ask that question that you didn’t ask in lecture.

  • In the 2017-18 PASS Program, 139 class sections were offered of 60 different courses for a total of 48 total credits totaling over 158 hours of weekly workshops!
  • Final grades increased by 1.9 GPA points across all Faculties who participated in a PASS workshop regularly.
  • The percentage of students receiving a D grade, a failing grade or who withdrew from their course was lowered by 21.68% for students across all faculties who participated in a PASS workshop regularly.

Who Are Your PASS Facilitators?

PASS workshops are led by well-trained and knowledgeable Facilitators who have taken the course themselves and are prepared to share their tips and tricks for success with you. Your Facilitator will create various (and fun!) activities, which will show you how to integrate new academic skills/practical study skills with content from their specific course.

You can expect that your PASS Facilitator will:

  • Cover the core content from lectures and readings
  • Not re-lecture, but will instead encourage students to participate and collaborate together, in order to encourage independent learning
  • Help you achieve whatever grade you are aspiring for, whether you want to ensure that you keep your scholarship, or simply pass the course.

2019 Fall PASS Learning Sessions Schedule:

Note: Office Hours take place at CSAS (4th Floor MacOdrum Library)

These times are subject to change – Facilitators will contact the class in case of a time/location change.

Course Facilitator Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Office Hours
BIOL 1103 AT Rebecca Prowse Mondays 5:35 pm-6:55 pm in PA 118 Wednesdays 4:35-5:55 pm in TB 219 Tuesdays 1:05-1:55 pm
BIOL/BIOC 2200 A Erica O’Neill Mondays 4:05-5:25 pm in ML 402 Wednesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in SA 402 Mondays 1:35-2:25 pm
CGSC 1005 A Sameer Ladha Mondays 1:05-2:25 pm in PA 218 Wednesdays 2:35-3:55 pm in PA 218 Mondays 11:05-11:55 am
CIVE 2200 AB Neil Douglas Tuesdays 1:05-2:25 pm in PA 218 Wednesdays 4:05-5:25 pm in SA 402 Tuesdays 12:05-12:55 pm
COMS 1001 A Rheann Quenneville Mondays 5:35-6:55 pm in PA 114 Tuesdays 2:35-3:55 pm in ML 402 Thursdays 2:05-2:55 pm
COMS 1001 B Emma Holder Tuesdays 4:05-5:25 pm in PA 112 Thursdays 4:05-5:25 pm in TB 219 Wednesdays 2:05-2:55 pm
CRCJ 1000 A Emmalene Kitagawa-Froese Tuesdays 10:05-11:25 am in PA 218 Wednesdays 4:35-5:55 pm in PA 112 Wednesdays 1:05-1:55 pm
CRCJ 1000 C Neely Jarvis Mondays 4:05-5:55 pm in PA 114 Tuesdays 4:35-5:55 pm in PA 118 Tuesdays 3:05-3:55 pm
ECON 1001 A Rodala Aranya Mondays 10:05-11:25 am in PA 218 Tuesdays 4:05-5:25 pm in TB 215 Thursdays 12:35-1:25 pm
ECON 1001 B Dede Huang Wednesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in TB 215 Thursdays 4:35-5:55 pm in ML 402 Thursdays 1:35-2:25 pm
ECON 1001 C Emily Van Hoeve Mondays 5:35-6:55 pm in TB 215 Tuesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in TB 215 Tuesdays 1:05-1:55 pm
ECON 1001 D Elisabeth Guthrie Mondays 2:35-3:55 pm in PA 218 Tuesdays 1:05-2:35 pm in TB 219 Tuesdays 3:05-3:55 pm
ECON 1002 E Ana Vukadin Tuesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in PA 114 Wednesdays 4:35-5:55 pm in PA 118 Fridays 11:35-12:25 pm
ELEC 2501 ABC Prionzita Chakraborty Mondays 6:05-7:25 pm in TB 219 Tuesdays 5:35-6:55 pm in PA 218 Wednesdays 1:05-1:55 pm
ELEC 3509 A Amr Nosir Tuesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in ML 402 Thursdays 4:35-5:55 pm in PA 218 Thursdays 6:05-6:55 pm
GEOG 1010 A Yeazna Ahmed Mondays 5:35-6:55 pm in PA 111 Wednesdays 2:35-3:55 pm in TB 219 Tuesdays 12:05-12:55 pm
LAWS 1001 AT Mackenzie Dawson Mondays 4:35-5:55 pm in PA 112 Thursdays 2:35-3:55 pm in TB 219 Mondays 3:05-3:55 pm
LAWS 1001 B Hannah Beltran Wednesdays 4:35-5:55 pm in PA 114 Thursdays 1:05-2:25 pm in TB 219 Fridays 1:35-2:25 pm
LAWS 1001 C Simone Bardonner Mondays 4:05-5:25 pm in TB 215 Tuesdays 2:35-3:55 pm in PA 218 Mondays 2:35-3:25 pm
LAWS 1001 D Kelsey Drummond Mondays 4:05-5:25 pm in PA 118 Thursdays 4:05-5:25 pm in PA 114 Fridays 12:35-1:25 pm
LAWS 1002 A Aji Nair Tuesdays 5:35-6:55 pm in PA 111 Wednesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in PA 112 Fridays 12:05-12:55 pm
MAAE 2202 A Philip Okotete Mondays 5:35-6:55 pm in PA 218 Wednesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in PA 218 Thursdays 11:35-12:25 pm
MAAE 2300 AB Santiago Martinez-Acevedo Mondays 5:35-6:55 pm in SA 402 Thursdays 6:05-7:25 pm in ML 402 Fridays 3:05-3:55 pm
MAAE 2400 ABC Meagan Schlottke Mondays 4:05-5:25 pm in PA 218 Wednesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in ML 402 Thursdays 11:35-12:25 pm
MAAE 3004 AB Aislinn MacKay Mondays 6:05-7:25 pm in ML 402 Wednesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in TB 219 Wednesdays 12:05-12:55 pm
MAAE 3202 AB Tran-Vu Nong Wednesdays 4:35-5:55 pm in PA 218 Thursdays 6:05-7:25 pm in SA 402 Wednesdays 2:05-2:55 pm
MATH 1004 F Jordan Stanfield Tuesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in SA 402 Wednesdays 10:05-11:25 am in PA 218 Thursdays 12:35-1:25 pm
MATH 1007 D Jennifer Armstrong Wednesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in PA 114 Thursdays 1:05-2:25 pm in PA 218 Thursdays 4:35-5:25 pm
PHYS 1007 AB David Bell Tuesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in PA 118 Wednesdays 1:05-2:25 pm in TB 219 Tuesdays 4:05-4:55 pm
PSYC 1001 ABC Jill Turner Mondays 1:05-2:25 pm in TB 219 Thursdays 6:05-7:25 pm in TB 219 Fridays 2:35-3:25 pm
PSYC 1001 DM Mark Sindle Mondays 11:35-12:55 pm in PA 218 Wednesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in PA 118 Fridays 1:05-1:55 pm
PSYC 2002 AT Marisa Artuso Mondays 11:35-12:55 pm in TB 219 Wednesdays 10:05-11:25 am in TB 219 Mondays 1:05-1:55 pm
PSYC 2307 AT Rachel Moreau Tuesdays 11:35-12:55 pm in PA 218 Wednesdays 11:35-12:55 pm in TB 219 Tuesdays 2:05-2:55 pm
PSYC 3000 A Laura Polakova Wednesdays 5:35-6:55 pm in PA 111 Thursdays 6:05-7:25 pm in TB 215 Thursdays 5:05-5:55 pm
PSYC 3000 C Julia Fraser Tuesdays 10:05-11:25 am in TB 219 Thursdays 11:35-12:55 pm in TB 219 Tuesdays 9:05-9:55 am
PSYC 3000 E Aubrey Davis Mondays 10:05-11:25 am in TB 219 Wednesdays 11:35-12:55 pm in PA 218 Mondays 2:05-2:55 pm
SOCI 1001 AB Christina Jane Mondays 6:05-7:25 pm in ME 3174 Tuesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in ME 3356 Fridays 2:05-2:55 pm
SYSC 2004 AB Caleb Turcotte Mondays 4:35-5:55 pm in TB 219 Wednesdays 4:35-5:55 pm in ML 402 Wednesdays 3:35-4:25 pm
SYSC 2006 B Sean Kirkby Tuesdays 6:05-7:25 pm in TB 219 Thursdays 6:05-7:25 pm in PA 218 Mondays 3:35-4:25 pm
SYSC 3600 AB Paola Quiroga-Jesus Mondays 4:05-5:25 pm in SA 402 Thursdays 11:35-12:55 pm in PA 218 Tuesdays 4:05-4:55 pm