PASS (Peer-Assisted Study Sessions)

The Tutoring Center at Normandale Community College

PASS (Peer-Assisted Study Sessions) is an academic assistance program that utilitzes study sessions to get students learning together in creative ways. Worldwide, more than 3,000 colleges and universities use PASS to help students achieve academic success.

Normandale's PASS program pairs peer leaders with students enrolled in courses with high D, F, or W rates. Leaders are highly trained, and they have successfully completed the course with an A or B. The PASS Leader attends class with the students, consults weekly with the course instructor, and leads study sessions 1-2 times per week. The PASS Leader employs interactive strategies combined with effective study techniques to help students understand the most important concepts taught in class.

PASS is offered for courses in biology, chemistry, geography, history, logic, math, psychology, reading, and writing.

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.