About Peer Assisted Study Sessions
Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are high-quality, informal drop-in study sessions connected to a specific first-year course. PASS sessions are attached to historically difficult courses. They are designed to develop a first-year student’s academic skills, behaviours, and habits attached to their experience in class.
PASS Courses and Opportunities for involvement:
The PASS program is hiring 5 PASS Leaders for the 2016 Winter Session in Applied Science.
PASS Leader Role & Eligibility
Undergraduate student leaders run Peer Assisted Study Sessions. These PASS student leaders are positioned as expert learners of a course subject, and not course content experts. PASS leaders work collaboratively within a team to design and facilitate one or two PASS sessions per week that engage learners in collaborative learning activities that emphasize high quality study techniques.
In the PASS Leader role, students have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in an academic setting, hone their leadership and facilitation skills, and work alongside graduate students, staff, and faculty. Leaders are exposed to diverse learning environments while developing their own discipline specific skills, all tools for success for their education and future career.
To be a PASS leader in the 2016/2017 academic year, students must meet the following requirements:
1. Currently registered as an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia- Vancouver Campus
2. Have completed the PASS course they are applying for, and demonstrated strong academic success in the course. *Applicants will be asked to submit an unofficial transcript, if invited to an interview.*
3. A keen interest in developing facilitation and leadership skills
4. Strong interpersonal, communication, and listening skills
5. Interest in working with a diverse student population
6. Ability and willingness to work both independently and collaboratively as a part of a team.
PASS Leader Expectations
As a PASS leader you must attend training to hone your understanding of the course material, of meta-cognition and learning strategies and group facilitation skills. You will attend training alongside leaders from other courses and disciplines, and also have the opportunity to work in a group of student leaders. PASS leaders are employed on a one term basis. Exact start and end dates are tentatively set and will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Please note there is mandatory training sessions in addition to regularly scheduled activities.
November 14th, 2016 – November 20th, 2016 at 11:59pm
November 21st, 2016 – November 25th, 2016
November 28th, 2016 – December 2nd, 2016
TERM 1 WORK
December 6th, 2016 – December 21st, 2016 – Exam sessions
TERM 2 WORK
January 3rd, 2017 – April 6, 2017 – Term sessions
April 10, 2017 – April 28, 2017 – Exams sessions
Regular Class Session:
- Approximately 10 hours per week
- 1 x 1.5 hour PASS Session each week
- Weekly meetings with your peers
- Independent sessions preparation and reflection
- Mid-Semester training
- Facilitate one final exam-preparation session
Other responsibilities include:
- Maintain contextual understanding throughout the term on the course instruction and content being covered (assisted by PASS Coordinator), including occasional attendance at lectures and online engagement as needed
- Make periodic announcements in class about PASS sessions to the students, as needed
- Provide course schedule and availability for leading PASS sessions and attending weekly meetings and PASS training at earliest convenience
- Ensure that all PASS assessments and evaluations are completed in a timely manner
- Role-model behaviours conducive to academic success and the creation of a Respectful Environment whenever on residence/campus
- Maintain confidentiality and privacy in accordance to FIPPA guidelines
- Uphold a professional standard of behavior around matters such as class standards, grades, and student complaints