Peer Assisted Study Sessions (P.A.S.S.)

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Become a P.A.S.S. Leader!

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Please visit the Learning Support Centre (C122) for more information!

Questions? Email pass [at] mohawkcollege.ca

What to expect in a PASS session?

PASS leaders, students that have successfully completed the course, facilitate regularly scheduled study sessions that occur outside of class time. PASS Leaders guide students through processes of reviewing, practicing, and applying course content in differentiated formats. All students who are enrolled in the targeted course are welcome to join P.A.S.S. sessions throughout the semester.

Sessions are completely voluntary and provide students with an opportunity to:

  • Better understand concepts / course material
  • Solve practice problems
  • Discuss course content
  • Ask questions
  • Learn from your peers
  • Study smarter

What courses does PASS support?

The PASS program supports first and second semester Engineering and Business math courses including:

  • MATH MA101
  • MATH 10067
  • MATH MA179
  • MATH MS171
  • MATH 10037
  • MATH 10078 **NEW in Winter 2020**

What is a PASS leader?

PASS Leaders are upper semester students who have previously completed the targeted course. PASS Leaders are assigned a targeted course, they attend the lectures, and then they facilitate two 1-hour study sessions per week called PASS sessions. They help students better understand concepts or applications of course content through facilitating discussions and engaging students in review activities.

Testimonials

“I went through Math second semester in the Business Admin Program and the first test I completed with 20% - [I] got the wakeup call, and started attending P.A.S.S. sessions and my second test I completed with 86%!!”

– P.A.S.S. Attendee (Anonymous), Business Administration

 

“Being a P.A.S.S. leader is altogether an ineffable experience. I not only improved my leadership skills but also my collaboration skills. This experience has also equipped me with all necessary skills to deal with bundles of people in the real world with different cultures and backgrounds. Thanks to the wonderful people at LSC who gave me the opportunity to make differences in lives of students.”

– Pramit M., P.A.S.S. Leader (Winter 2018)

 

"Having the P.A.S.S. program for our course has improved students' confidence and willingness to seek help. […] I've heard multiple students say that they appreciate the extra time in their schedules dedicated to math and the ability to work with a successful and mature student in their program.”

– Laura Fenwick-Sehl, Professor of Mathematics, School of Engineering Technology

Faculty FAQs

The "10 Essentials" of P.A.S.S.

  1. P.A.S.S. Sessions are Peer-Facilitated

The ideal P.A.S.S. Leader is a student who has previously received a high final grade in the course. The P.A.S.S. Leader guides students through a process of reviewing, applying, practicing and studying course materials via regularly-scheduled group sessions. Instructors are usually discouraged from attending sessions to maintain the “peer” element as well as to protect students’ confidentiality and anonymity.

 

  1. The P.A.S.S. Leader Serves as a Model Student

The P.A.S.S. Leader models “good student” behaviour, including organisational and learning strategies, while maintaining a focus on content mastery. P.A.S.S. Leaders also represent themselves authentically across the College, including campus involvement, online interactions, and displaying a positive attitude and optimism.

 

  1. P.A.S.S. Sessions Integrate Content and Learning Skills

P.A.S.S. sessions integrate the review of lecture notes and readings along with appropriate learning strategies. In essence, how to learn is embedded into sessions along with what to learn.

 

  1. The P.A.S.S Leader Attends the Targeted Course Lectures

By attending lectures, the P.A.S.S. Leader will be knowledgeable about what is occurring in class and will be able to visibly model “good student” behaviours. The P.A.S.S. Leader can also market and promote the program to students, faculty and the larger college community. If the P.A.S.S. Leader cannot attend class, they will obtain the lecture materials through another method, such as meeting with the Instructor or collaborating with another P.A.S.S. Leader.

 

  1. The P.A.S.S. Leader Receives Training

The P.A.S.S Leader received four days of intensive training prior to the beginning of the semester. In-service training and continued professional development continues throughout the academic term. These training sessions include specific learning theory and strategies, facilitation techniques, leadership skills and other topics which the P.A.S.S. Leaders can identify individually to meet their learning needs.

 

  1. The P.A.S.S. Program is Supervised

Trained staff members (Megan Pratt, Research + Special Projects Supervisor and Krislynn McKinlay, Student Success Support Officer) supervise the P.A.S.S. Leaders and the P.A.S.S. Program. Among other duties, the supervisors train the P.A.S.S. Leaders, attend and observe sessions, provide on-going feedback and support for the P.A.S.S Leaders, collect and analyse data, coordinate scheduling and other administrative matters, and collect and analyse program data. The supervisors, as well as the Director of Student Success Initiatives, have each attended Supervisor  Training conducted by a Certified Trainer through the University of Guelph/University of Missouri-Kansas City.

 

  1. Faculty Support is Critical for a Successful P.A.S.S. Program

Instructors are encouraged to find ways to fully integrate the P.A.S.S. Program into their course. Instructors may also play a role in recommending a P.A.S.S. Leader, supporting the P.A.S.S. Leader by providing sample questions for practice in session, and many other ways. Keeping in regular contact with the P.A.S.S. Leader throughout the semester not only supports the leader, but also provides the Instructor with invaluable information regarding student mastery of course material.

 

  1. Regularly Scheduled Sessions Provide Consistency

P.A.S.S. sessions usually start in the second week of the semester. Generally, two “regular” sessions are offered each week for each lecture, with additional sessions available upon request and during midterm and exam season. The number of sessions may vary, however, depending on demand and P.A.S.S. Leader availability.

 

  1. Regular Program Evaluation Promotes Quality Service

The P.A.S.S. Program is evaluated each semester to continuously improve the quality of the program and to inform college administrators about the overall impact of the program. The evaluation will include measures such as final grades, withdrawal rates, and other factors. Anonymous attendance data is collected and collated each week to identify trends and spot issues as they may arise to provide prompt support to P.A.S.S. Leaders.

 

  1. The P.A.S.S. Program Targets Subjects Rather Than Students

The P.A.S.S. Program serves classes where a large portion of students have experienced academic difficulty in the past. This avoids a remedial stigma by focusing on classes rather than individual students. While all students may not take advantage of the voluntary service, it attracts an equal proportion of students from differing ability and cultural groups. It does not segregate students based on prior academic performance or predictions of academic success. Specifically at Mohawk College, P.A.S.S. extends to support the key areas of literacy and numeracy for entering first-year students.

P.A.S.S. Schedule - Winter 2020 - Engineering Math

February 10 - 14

 

MATH MA179

DAY TIME LEADER PROFESSOR ROOM
MONDAY ------ ------ ------

------

TUESDAY

12:00pm - 1:00pm

 Ahmad Fox & Crooks

E334

WEDNESDAY ------ ------ ------ ------
THURSDAY 11:00am - 12:00pm Ahmad Fox & Crooks

i125

FRIDAY 11:00am - 12:00pm Paula Fox & Crooks

E334

12:00pm - 1:00pm Ahmad & Paula Fox & Crooks

C063

 

MATH MS171

DAY TIME LEADER PROFESSOR ROOM
MONDAY

4:00 - 6:00pm

EXAM SESSION

Rodinah & Michelle Beltrano

J203

TUESDAY ------ ------ ------ ------
WEDNESDAY ------ ------ ------

------

THURSDAY 11:00 - 12:00pm Michelle Beltrano

i102

FRIDAY 2:00 - 3:00pm Rodinah & Michelle Beltrano

A219

P.A.S.S. Sessions - Winter 2020 - Business Math

February 10 - 14

 

MATH 10078

DAY TIME LEADER PROFESSOR ROOM
MONDAY 1:00pm - 2:00pm Raj Estee

A125

TUESDAY ------ ------ ------ ------
WEDNESDAY ------ ------ ------ ------
THURSDAY

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Raj  Estee

E234

FRIDAY ------ ------ ------

------

 

MATH 10067

DAY TIME LEADER PROFESSOR ROOM
MONDAY 1:00 - 2:00pm

Marcelo

& William

Gautrey

& Lysohirka

i224

TUESDAY 12:00 - 1:00pm Danielle

Crooks

Late Start

i224
3:00 - 4:00pm Matthew Badbanchi E334
3:00 - 4:00pm

Irina &

Demerlyn

Gardner

Late Start

J203

WEDNESDAY

1:00 - 2:00pm

 

Marcelo

Gautrey

& Lysohirka

A010 

THURSDAY 11:00 - 12:00pm Danielle

Crooks

Late Start

A223

11:00 - 12:00pm

Irina

& Demerlyn

Gardner

Late Start

A223
2:00 - 3:00pm 

Matthew

& William

Badbanchi

i126 

FRIDAY 11:00 -12:00pm

Matthew

& William

Badbanchi

C122

Workshop Room

 

MATH MA101

DAY TIME LEADER PROFESSOR ROOM
MONDAY ------ ------ ------ ------
TUESDAY

2:00 - 4:00pm

EXAM SESSION

Greg & Anusha

Benincasa

& Verwer

E230 

WEDNESDAY

1:00 - 3:00pm

EXAM SESSION

Anusha

Benincasa

& Verwer

A010

THURSDAY 10:00 - 11:00am Anusha

Benincasa

& Verwer

H102

2:00 - 4:00pm

EXAM SESSION

Greg & Danielle

Benincasa

& Verwer

C122

Workshop Room

       
FRIDAY 1:00 - 2:00pm Danielle Benincasa

i224

 

MATH 10037

DAY TIME LEADER PROFESSOR ROOM
MONDAY

1:00 - 2:00pm

Irina & Demerlyn Bonomo

C122

Workshop Room

2:00 - 3:00pm Mark Jerome

i126

       
TUESDAY

12:00 - 1:00pm

Irina & Demerlyn Bonomo

i126

1:00 - 2:00pm

Erin Benincasa

i126

2:00 - 3:00pm

Stuart Jerome

i126

WEDNESDAY

11:00 - 12:00pm

Irina &

Demerlyn

Bonomo

i224 

11:00 - 12:00pm

Erin Benincasa

i224

1:00 - 2:00pm

Mark Jerome

C122

 Workshop Room

2:30 - 3:30pm Erin Benincasa

J201

       
THURSDAY

11:00 - 12:00pm

Mark & Stuart Jerome

C122

Workshop Room

FRIDAY 1:00 - 2:00pm Stuart Jerome A219