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 2021-22, PASS Leaders will be offering small group sessions to support students taking:

Term 1: CHEM 121, MATH 190, MATH 180, BIOL 121
Term 2: APBI 200, MATH 103, BIOL 112

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.

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2021 Term 1 (September-December) Session Schedule

Sessions will begin the week of September 20th – please note that MATH 190 sessions will begin on Thursday September 23rd, and MATH 180 sessions will begin the week of September 27th.

Session Date Change: Please note that the MATH 180 session on Wednesday, October 13th will be switched to take place instead on Friday, October 15th 12:00-1:00pm in FSC 1402.

Session Cancelled: Please note that the BIOL 121 session on Tuesday, October 12th is cancelled. Please join us again next week!

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BIOL 121*

12:00-1:00pm
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Leader: Kelsey

MATH 180
12:00-1:00pm
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Leader: Betty

MATH 190
2:00-3:00pm
FSC 1617

Leader: Rheanna

BIOL 121
11:00am-12:00pm
FSC 1617

Leader: Kelsey

CHEM 121
6:00-7:00pm
Zoom Link

(Passcode 123456)
Leader: Yolanda

MATH 180
3:00-4:00pm
FSC 1402

Leader: Betty


CHEM 121
3:00pm-4:00pm
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Leader: Yolanda

MATH 190
4:00-5:00pm
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Leader: Rheanna

*Sessions will begin the week of September 20th, with the exception of MATH 190 (begins September 23rd) and MATH 180 (begins September 27th). Sessions will not run on statutory holidays or during Reading Break (November 10-12).

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