PASS Program

Peer Assisted Study Sessions at Founders

What is PASS?

Are weekly collaborative learning sessions for students who want to improve their understanding of challenging content in selected courses among Founders College affiliated programs.  PASS sessions  designed to provide students enrolled in specific courses the opportunity for regular review of and practice with their course material.

Why participate in PASS?

Students who attend regularly have a greater chance of learning effective strategies for learning course material and improving study habits.

PASS Works!

PASS sessions are based on a model developed at University of Missouri—Kansas City in 1973 and there is substantial evidence indicating that this approach to study groups reduces attrition and improves grades.

What happens during a PASS session?

During these sessions, students will be able to discuss and collaborate with classmates to work through important concepts, develop study  strategies and practice testing the course material.  In these sessions, students will also gain an opportunity to prepare for mid-terms and exams.

It is important to note that facilitators do not re-lecture, explain course content, or tutor students on the subject matter. Instead, they assist students in becoming independent learners by planning activities that encourage them to work together to process course material themselves.

Meet our PASS Leaders!

My name is Sophie, and I am currently a third-year Professional Writing and French Studies double major. I have always been passionate about the modern languages, writing, learning, and working with others, and I am able to combine these interests as a Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Leader. This role gives me the wonderful opportunity to work alongside fellow students in historically difficult courses and offer peer academic support. I am thrilled to be a part of the PASS Program, and I hope to continue to promote an open, peer-based learning environment at York U!

Which Founders Courses have PASS Sessions?

Fall Term Winter Term
AP WRIT 2710 3.0 Grammar & Proofreading AP/FR 1080 6.0 French Language and Culture
Sessions Held On Session Held On
Thursdays Mondays and Thursdays
Session Time Session Time
9:00am to 11:00am Mondays: 11:00am to 1:00pm
Thursdays: 9:00am to 11:00am
Session Location Session Location
303 Founders College 303 Founders College
PASS Leader PASS Leader
Sophie Sophie