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 PASS Leaders 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.

Which Founders Courses have PASS Sessions?

During the Fall/Winter 2020/2021 Academic Term, PASS Sessions will be offered for the  following courses:

  • AP/FR 1080 6.0A:  French Language and Culture
  • AP/HIST 1010 6.0A:  War, Revolution and Society in the 20th Century
  • AP/HIST 1025 6.0A:  Ancient North America From the Last Ice Age to European Contact
  • AP/WRIT 2710 3.0:  Grammar & Proofreading
  • AP/EN 1002 3.0: Intertextualities

When are the PASS Sessions held?

Fall/Winter Term
AP/FR 1080 6.0A:
French Language and Culture
AP/HIST 1010 6.0A:  War, Revolution and Society in the 20th Century AP/HIST 1025 6.0A: Ancient North America From the Last Ice Age to European Contact
Sessions Held On
Mondays and Fridays Tuesdays Fridays
Session Time
9:30am to 11:30am 12:00pm to 2:00pm 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Session Location
Online Using Zoom Online Using Zoom Online Using Zoom
PASS Leaders  
Kezia (Mondays) and Sophie (Fridays) Sarah Vincent
Winter Term
AP/EN 1002 3.0: Intertextualities
Sessions Held On
Session Time
11:00am to 1:00pm
Session Location
Online Using Zoom
PASS Leaders
Emma and Jeanpaul

Meet our PASS Leaders!

My name is Sarah and I am a fourth-year History major with a certificate in Public History. I have always loved school, learning and helping others so when I was given the opportunity to be a PASS Leader, I eagerly accepted. PASS not only helps the students in the course learn, but it helps me learn too! I can't wait to connect with the students in AP/HIST 1010 this year. I found it a really interesting course with a helpful variety of assignments. I am so excited to be a part of the PASS Program and hope to meet some of you soon!
My name is Kezia, and I am a fourth-year BSc/BEd student pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in French Studies. I am passionate about environmental initiatives, education and photography. I love helping others whenever I can and am always eager to learn new things. As a PASS leader, I get to help students better connect with course material and with each other. I am excited to be a part of the PASS team this year and I look forward to interacting with the AP/FR 1080 students. I truly enjoyed this course in first year and hope that at PASS sessions, students will have fun engaging with each other as well as with the French language and culture.
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My name is Jean Paul  and I am currently a second-year English major. English Literature is something that I enjoy very much and that I always try to approach with a high level of interest. I am very excited to be a pass leader for AP/EN 1002 because it creates a good opportunity for others and myself to explore a great selection of literary works. 


My name is Sophie, and I am currently a fourth-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!
FC Banner Hi there, my name is Vince and I am a fourth-year history major looking to pursue a degree in education and complete grad school. I decided it was time for a career change a few years ago and took a leave from my role as a firefighter to pursue my passion for education. Personally, I believe how we learn is more important than what we learn. As information changes it is crucial that we know how to question, adapt, and learn new material. This outlook is what inspires me to be a part of York U’s PASS program. As a PASS leader I will be lucky enough to work along side other students in the field of History and help you discover what works best for yourselves - in terms of learning new information. As the PASS leader for AP/HIST 1025, I hope to build positive relationships, help you develop as an individual, and make a course, which some may find challenging, fun and enjoyable! I am excited for the PASS program to begin and I hope to see you soon!

My name is Emma and I am a second-year student pursuing an honours B.A. in Psychology, minor English. As a PASS leader for AP/EN 1002, I have the opportunity to assist students as they study works of literature. As a student of English literature and an avid reader outside of school, I am passionate about giving students a forum to discuss their insights on the works they are studying. I hope that my PASS sessions are not only a forum for students to engage with course material, but are also a means for students to connect with each other. I am excited to facilitate a peer learning environment for the students of AP/EN 1002 this term!