What is PASS?

Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) is a series of weekly review sessions for students in courses that have  high rates of D or F grades and withdrawals.  PASS is available to all students who want to improve their understanding of the course material and improve their grades.

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How does PASS work?

PASS sessions are regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions.  At each session, the PASS Leader will guide the students through the course concepts.  Students are exposed to study skills and learning strategies that can be used in all courses.  PASS is a chance for students to compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together.

Who are the PASS Leaders?

PASS Leaders are students themselves who have taken the class before and earned a high grade in the course. Faculty typically recommend the leaders who facilitate the PASS sessions. PASS leaders are prepared to share with students how to effectively study for the course. PASS leaders attend the same class every day, taking notes and listening closely to the professor. The PASS coordinating team trains them in how to be effective facilitators and receive ongoing supervision.

PASS Leader Duties

  • Attend all class lectures, takes notes, and read assigned texts
  • Function as a model student
  • Plan and conduct  3 one-hour study sessions per week
  • Employ teaching strategies to encourage collaborative
  • Demonstrate how to learn course content
  • Aid students in becoming independent learners who can excel in the course themselves
  • PASS Leaders do not assist in preparation or grading of exams
  • Collect data for program evaluation

Benefits of PASS

PASS benefits the university and departments by increasing retention within the targeted historically difficult classes and improving graduation rates of students.  National data from 37 universities involving 1,003 courses and 119,009 students shows that the DFW rate of students not attending any SI session in the targeted courses was 35.13%, while the rate for those students attending and of the SI sessions was only 19.11%

PASS Leaders
Faculty Members

  • Earn higher subject grades
  • Learn effective study and learning skills
  • Gain a better understanding of course content
  • Develop more meaningful relationship with peers
  • Develop leadership and problem-solving skills
  • Gain a deeper understanding of content
  • Develop better relationships with faculty
  • Gain marketable job skills
  • Become more connected with the needs of the students
  • Develop better relationships with students
  • Receive higher student evaluations
  • Decrease the number of D’s and F’s and withdrawals

How do I become an PASS Leader?

Job Description

  • Work with study groups
  • Work 12-14 hours per week
  • 3 hours in class, 3 hours for planning, 3 for study sessions, and 2 administrative hours
  • Earn $12 per hour

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current KSU students
  • Be at least a Sophomore
  • A’s or B’s in course you want to be a PASS leader for
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Able to attend all trainings
  • Can work the entire semester
  • Letter of recommendation from current instructor of course

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