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Peer Assisted Study Sessions and Course Mentors

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Peer Assisted Study Sessions and Course Mentors

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;
  • Building spaces to drive peer learning and learning how to learn in groups;
  • Sessions that are not usually required but come with BIG learning payoff.

Course Mentors, like PASS Leaders, still work closely with the faculty of their course and hold weekly sessions, but instead focus on small-group, content-driven meetings. Whereas a PASS Leader might attend the class session and produce support materials that align with the current syllabus topics, a Course Mentor can assist a student with content questions and work from across the semester. 

Eligibility for becoming a PASS Leader or Course Mentor: 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.

For Navigate Access, please follow this link.

**PASS and Course Mentor Sessions are not a replacement for faculty office hours!

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) and Course Mentor supported courses:


- BIOL 103/106 Anatomy & Physiology (PASS Leader/Course Mentor)

- BIOL 111 Foundations of Biology (PASS Leader)

- BIOL 266 Cell and Molecular Biology (PASS Leader)

- BIOL/NEUR 263 Neuroscience (Course Mentor)

- CHEM 113 Chemistry I (PASS Leader)

- CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry (PASS Leader/Course Mentor)

- CSCI 120 Computer Science I (PASS Leader)

- MATH 191 Math for Business (PASS Leader)

- MUS 140 Musicianship I (PASS Leader

- MUS 240 Musicianship III (PASS Leader)

- MUS 272 Chromatic Harmony (PASS Leader)

- PHYS 109 Physics for Life Sciences (PASS Leader)

- PHYS 111 Intro to Physics (PASS Leader)