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Academic Support

Peer Assisted Study Sessions

Update: Due to the college temporarily limiting campus function, PASS will be facilitated through Zoom session meetings. Please sign-up through Momentum using the instructions above, and be in contact with your PASS Leaders and Faculty members for Zoom meeting instructions and links. 

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are being piloted in Spring 2020 in the following undergraduate courses:

  • Foundations of Biology
  • Microbiology for Health Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • General Chemistry 
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Computer Science I

PASS involves PASS Leaders, who are student peer educators. This kind of supplemental learning is not "tutoring" in the traditional sense and is not remedial.  Instead, PASS features weekly, guided study groups that require:

  • Close work with the faculty member(s);
  • Added learning time that is not a replacement for lectures/labs/class;
  • Becoming spaces to drive peer learning and learning how to learn in groups;
  • Sessions that are not usually required but come with BIG learning payoff.

Faculty who are interested in PASS work should contact the Coordinator for Tutoring and Academic Support, Matthew Werkheiser, to discuss.  PASS work will expand in future terms to respond to faculty interest and student needs.

Eligibility for becoming a PASS Leader follows general peer educator guidelines: the student must have earned a B+ or higher in the course they would be covering, and currently have a 3.0+ GPA.

If you are interested in signing up for a PASS session in your course, please follow these instructions.