About PASS

What is PASS?

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Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are a form of peer-led supplemental instruction, similar to SLA, that is available in some high-risk Chemistry courses at GVSU. PASS consists of weekly, optional group study sessions outside of class that are led by a trained peer facilitator and driven by the course content and student questions. PASS helps students succeed by helping to reinforce what to learn and how to learn in a non-remedial curriculum. 

The goal of our PASS program is to help students build foundational knowledge and skills that will improve their course performance and help retain them through graduation. 

What to Expect

PASS sessions are held throughout the entire semester and there is no additional charge for this support service. In PASS sessions, facilitators will provide review activities including games, study guides, collaborative learning activities, homework assistance, test preparation, and study strategies to help you in all of your courses. 

PASS is not one-on-one tutoring, but rather a group study and reviewsession. For one-on-one tutoring, visit the Tutoring and Reading Center webpage. 

How Does PASS work?

PASS sessions are led by successful upper-level students, who in collaboration with the professor, develop review materials. The facilitators clarify lecture points for the students and assist them in understanding the expectations of the professor, while additionally focusing on improved study skills. 

To take advantage of PASS, register for the specific section of a Chemistry course that includes PASS.* Once classes begin, the PASS facilitator will establish the session time based on student availability and need. PASS attendance is optional but highly encouraged. If you don't think you will take advantage of PASS, try to enroll in a different section so a student who would like assistance can receive it.


* PASS course registration is subject to availability and is first come, first served.


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