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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-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.

Primary activities

  • 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.

Secondary activities

  • 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.

Administrative duties

  • 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 for Fall/Winter 2018-2019. Please email resumés to the attention of the Peer Learning Co-ordinator. Indicate PASS Leader Applicant in the subject line.

Please note: Candidates must attend mandatory PASS Leader training on Wednesday, January 3, 2019.

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