Become a PASS Leader
Job description: PASS Leader
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a peer-led interactive group study program that targets historically difficult courses. PASS is facilitated by upper-year students who have successfully completed the course. PASS Leaders are required to re-attend all lectures of the target course and prepare collaborative activities to conduct weekly group study sessions. The role of a PASS Leader includes the following:
- Encourage students to work together using each other as resources.
- Help students discover connections between and within concepts.
- Organize activities that facilitate active processing of conceptual material.
- Encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning.
- Integrate what to learn (course content) and how to learn (study skills).
Benefits of becoming a PASS Leader:
- Allows for a flexible 10-hour-a-week work schedule, arranged around the student's academic timetable.
- Provides an opportunity to gain valuable work experience.
- Strengthens communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills.
- Enhances academic skills.
- Enables university-life involvement.
- Provides an opportunity to help other students.
- Third- or fourth-year standing is preferred; second-term second-year standing is the minimum.
- An overall GPA of 3.3 or above is required.
- A GPA of 3.7 or above in the selected course is preferred; prior enrolment with the professor who is to teach the selected course is preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.
- Attend all class lectures of the selected course, take notes and read all assigned materials, including texts and supplemental readings.
- Conduct regularly scheduled study sessions (typically two per week) throughout the term, using strategies learned through the PASS Leader training workshop.
- Regularly meet with the Peer Learning Co-ordinator and Course Instructor to:
- Discuss observations of the sessions.
- Discuss the creation and use of PASS handouts.
- Discuss the planning of sessions and use of a wide variety of learning strategies.
- Provide extra PASS sessions as necessary (e.g. prior to exams).
- Prepare and provide handouts for use during PASS.
- Ascertain course requirements and maintain contact throughout the term with the course professor or designated representative.
- Other duties as assigned by the Peer Learning Co-ordinator.
- Complete the necessary personnel paperwork.
- Attend PASS Leader training workshop prior to the beginning of each term.
- Attend ongoing training sessions throughout the term.
- Make regular announcements about the availability of PASS to the students.
- Ensure PASS surveys are distributed and collected.
- Collect attendance data for every session, including student names, course title, date and time of session.
- Maintain a professional attitude about matters such as class standards, grades and student complaints.
- Model appropriate professional attitudes and behaviours to staff, students and others.
- Provide the Peer Learning Co-ordinator with up-to-date feedback of your sessions.
The Student Learning Centre accepts applications on an ongoing basis. We are actively seeking Undergraduate PASS Leaders and Peer Tutors for Fall/Winter 2016-2017. Please email resumes to the attention of the Peer Learning Co-ordinator. Indicate PASS Leader Applicant and/or Peer Tutor Applicant in the subject line.
Please note: Candidates must attend mandatory PASS Leader training on Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31.