1. What is PASS?
  2. Why Should You Attend PASS?
  3. Who Are Your PASS Facilitators?
  4. What do Students Say About PASS?

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 fun 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 2016-17 PASS Program, 157 class sections were offered of 78 different courses for a total of 61 total credits totaling over 195 hours of weekly workshops!
  • Final grades increased by over 2 GPA points across all Faculties who participated in a PASS workshop regularly.
  • The percentage of students reviving a D grade, a failing grade or who withdrew from their program were lowered by 26.25% 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

What do Students Say About PASS?

  • “Getting help to solve problems (instead of being told the answer)”
  • “Constant review of course material”
  • “It helped me get a better grade”
  • “Extremely helpful”
  • “Helped me prepare for the exam”
  • “Relaxed learning environment”
  • “I understand more after every workshop”
  • “Knowledgeable facilitator = extra resource”
  • “Connects readings to class”
  • “A good opportunity to meet people”
  • “Shows me where to focus my attention”
  • “I learn more in a group”