Peer-Assisted Study Sessions

Peer-Assisted Study Sessions

Access academic support for many first-year courses through the Peer-Assisted Study Session Program offered by the Faculty of Forestry.

What is PASS?

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are free, drop-in, structured group study sessions designed to help students understand key concepts and practice the skills necessary for success in traditionally challenging courses. PASS sessions complement what you learn while attending lectures, but are not a replacement, and are a great way to meet other Forestry or Land and Food Systems students in your classes.

Our sessions are welcoming, supportive and engaging, and help students understand course concepts and develop study strategies for the specific subject matter. They are facilitated by upper-year Forestry and Land and Food Systems students who have been successful in the course in previous years.

In 2022-23, PASS Leaders will be offering small group sessions to support students taking:

Term 1: ECON 101, MATH 190, MATH 180, BIOL 121
Term 2: APBI 200, MATH 101, BIOL 112, BIOL 121

Sessions are designed to help students:

  • Gain a more in-depth understanding of the course content
  • Meet students from their class in a small group setting
  • Test their knowledge about their course prior to tests and exams
  • Develop transferable study skills

Research has shown that the more PASS sessions students attend, the greater likelihood they are of improving their overall understanding of key concepts, which results in achieving higher grades. We hope that we see you at one or more of our sessions each week!

Who facilitates PASS sessions?

Sessions are run by senior undergraduate students in Forestry and Land and Food Systems who have been trained to incorporate a variety of different activities, games, practice questions, mock quizzes and techniques to help you progress each week throughout the semester. PASS sessions are not like lectures or tutorials; they are not structured as a passive review session or a FAQ.

2022-23 Term 2 (January-April)

Sessions will begin on Monday, January 23rd, 2023, and regularly scheduled sessions will conclude on April 13th, 2023 (with the exception of Final Exam Preparation Sessions listed below).

Sessions will not run on statutory holidays or during Reading Break (February 20-24). Sessions will always be cancelled if classes are cancelled on a particular day (inclement weather, etc.).

Any session cancellations will be posted in this space.

Final Exam Preparation Sessions

Join us for additional sessions during the final exam period focusing specifically on preparing for exams. These sessions will focus on reviewing major course concepts and work through practice exam questions.

  • BIOL 112
    • Thursday, April 13th, 2:00-3:00pm, FSC 1402
  • BIOL 121
    • Wednesday, April 12th, 3:00-4:00pm, FSC 1617
  • APBI 200
    • Tuesday April 4th and April 11th, 2:00-3:00pm, FSC 1402
    • Monday, April 17th, 3:00-4:00pm, FSC 1617
  • MATH 101
    • Thursday, April 20th, 1:00-3:00pm, 1617
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
BIOL 112
11:00am-12:00pm
FSC 1402
Leader: Cissy
MATH 101
11:00am-12:00pm
FSC 1402
Leader: Dahlia

MATH 101
2:00-3:00pm
FSC 1402
Leader: Dahlia
APBI 200
2:00-3:00pm
FSC 1402
Leader: Kelsey
BIOL 112
2:00-3:00pm
FSC 1402
Leader: Cissy
BIOL 121
3:00-4:00pm
FSC 1617
Leader: Kelsey
BIOL 121
3:00-4:00pm
FSC 1617
Leader: Kelsey
APBI 200
4:00-5:00pm
FSC 1615
Leader: Nicola
APBI 200
5:00-6:00pm
Zoom Link
Passcode: 029225
Leader: Nicola
No registration is required

2022-23 Term 1 (September-December)

Sessions will begin on Tuesday, September 20th.

Sessions will not run on statutory holidays or during Reading Break (November 9-11). Sessions will always be cancelled if classes are cancelled on a particular day (inclement weather, etc.).

Any session cancellations will be posted in this space.

SESSION FORMAT CHANGE: Due to inclement weather, the MATH 180 Final Exam Prep session will now take place on Zoom. See Zoom links and further details below.

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
BIOL 121
12:00-1:00pm
FSC 1402
Leader: Cissy
MATH 180
12:00-1:00pm
MCML 260
Leader: Saihaj
BIOL 121
12:00-1:00PM
FSC 1402
Leader: Cissy
ECON 101
1:00-2:00pm
FSC 1617
Leader: Lizzie
MATH 190
5:30-6:30pm
Zoom Link
Leader: Nicola
Passcode: 272482
ECON 101
2:00-3:00pm
FSC 1402
Leader: Lizzie
MATH 180
1:00-2:00pm
FSC 1002
Leader: Saihaj
MATH 190
5:30-6:30pm
Zoom Link
Leader: Nicola
Passcode: 272482
No registration is required

Final Exam Preparation Sessions

Join us for additional sessions during the final exam period focusing specifically on preparing for exams. These sessions will focus on reviewing major course concepts and work through practice exam questions.

  • MATH 190
    • Thursday, December 8th, 5:30-6:30pm Zoom Link Passcode: 272482
    • Monday, December 12th, 12:00-2:00pm in FSC 1617
  • MATH 180
    • Tuesday, December 20th, 2:00-4:00pm via Zoom (session will now take place online due to weather conditions)
      • Zoom Link
      • Meeting ID: 698 4114 6570
      • Passcode: 123456
  • ECON 101
    • No additional final exam prep session – please attend the regular session time on Tuesday, December 6th as the last session for the term
  • BIOL 121
    • No additional final exam prep session – please attend the regular session time on Wednesday, December 7th as the last session for the term

What students are saying about PASS:

“SUPER helpful and would 100% recommend. [The PASS Leader] was amazing at leading sessions and made it so much fun to attend!” – 2021-22 participant

“[The PASS Leader] was really really helpful this term. She was super approachable and explained things in a very easy to understand way. Thank you!!” – 2021-22 participant

“Going over how to solve example problems and breaking them down during PASS sessions was the most helpful for me because we didn’t always go over specific things in lectures.” – 2020-21 participant

“I loved attending PASS sessions since they really helped me to find out which areas I needed to focus on while studying and helped to increase my overall knowledge of the course content.” – 2020-21 participant

Hoping to attend PASS but the times listed don’t work for you? Send us an email to let us know – we may be able to change session times if there is enough student interest!

Questions? Contact Lydia Braam at lydia.braam@ubc.ca