1. What is PASS?
PASS stands for Peer-Assisted Study Sessions. PASS are structured study groups.
2. Who leads PASS?
The PASS Leader is an upper year student who has completed the course with an A or an A+. They will be attending all of your lectures to be up to date with what you are learning. PASS Leaders do NOT re-instruct or re-teach the material. Rather, PASS Leaders facilitate the understanding of difficult topics already covered by professors in class. PASS Leaders are NOT profs or teaching assistants.
3. Do you have to pay to attend PASS?
No! PASS is 100% FREE
4. Which courses is PASS offered for?
PASS is offered for Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Math, and Physics courses.
5. How do I find out when PASS for my course takes place?
Refer to the schedule at bethune.yorku.ca/pass to find PASS for your course.
6. How often is PASS held?
PASS is offered 2 times a week, for 1.5 hours each time.
7. Do I have to commit to coming every week or stay for the entire session?
No, you don’t. You can come as often as your schedule allows and come and go as you please. However, data reveal that the more PASS you attend, the higher your exam/test/final course grade vs. average class grade.
8. How is PASS different from SOS’s Peer Tutoring?
While Peer Tutoring is a one-on-one, first-come-first-served, drop-in service Monday-Friday 2:30-6:30 pm, PASS take place at a particular time each week and are run in a group setting as a structured, facilitated study group. (For more information on the times and location of Peer Tutoring see: bethune.yorku.ca/tutoring)
9. Have PASS been shown to be useful to other students?
Yes! We, and other universities/institutions, have found that after attending at least 8-10 PASS, students have improved grades, on average, by 2 letter grades.