Frequently Asked Questions


What does PASS stand for?

PASS is an acronym for Peer Assisted Study Sessions.

Why should I attend PASS?

PASS can help you improve your study skills, review course content, and work towards a better grade in your course. PASS is also a great way to meet people in your class in a relaxed environment and create a network of peers.

How many PASS sessions can I attend?

As many (or as few) as you want. Many students attend PASS sessions throughout the semester, but you can choose when and how often to attend.

What should I bring to my PASS sessions?

Lecture notes, textbook, pen/pencil, and any questions you have about the content covered in lecture.

How can I let my professor (or advisor) know I went to a PASS session? Do you have records of who attends the sessions?

Yes. We keep logs and detailed reports on every PASS session. If you require verification that you attended PASS, contact Deirdre Kelleher. (Faculty/administrators who wish to verify individual student’s attendance at PASS sessions should also contact Deirdre Kelleher.)

Can I attend a PASS session with a leader who attends lecture with a professor other than mine?

Yes. You are welcome (and encouraged) to go to any PASS sessions that fit your schedule. There will be some variation in the specific content covered in the PASS sessions for the same course since each leader tailors their meetings to the particular lecture time they sit in on, but there will be overlap in the main concepts across the sections (especially for the large coordinated courses such as Chemistry and Physics).

I am in the honors section of the particular course, can I still come to PASS?

Yes. All students are welcome in PASS.

How do I become a PASS Leader?

PASS leaders are hired on a semester-to-semester basis. Available openings for PASS leaders and details about qualifications and the hiring process are listed on our Employment page each semester.