Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

The Tutoring Center at Normandale Community College

PASS (formerly known as Supplemental Instruction) is an academic support program that targets high-risk courses rather than high-risk students. It is led by a peer who has been successful in a difficult course and has been recommended to serve as a PASS Leader in that course.

The leader sits in on the class in order to develop relationships with the students and to stay current on the material. The leader then organizes and facilitates group sessions during which participants review the course content and practice effective study strategies.

These sessions are engaging and student-centered with an emphasis on cooperative learning. 

PASS does not replace traditional tutoring, but it does offer a form of academic support that is active and peer-led. Participation in PASS is voluntary and free, but research shows that students who attend PASS sessions are more successful in the course.

Why PASS (Peer-Assisted Study Sessions)?

  • PASS is a high impact, research-based program that consistently helps students by increasing course success rates and decreasing withdrawal rates.
  • Students who participate learn how to learn while learning what to learn.
  • The program decreases stigma by targeting historically difficult courses rather than high risk students.
  • It targets students who are motivated to learn course material, and gives less motivated students the opportunity to imitate them in the weekly group sessions.

If you are interested in being a leader, visit the Tutoring Center (C2120) to pick up an application!