Attendance Strategies

Improving Attendance at PASS Sessions

Select your “top three” strategies for improving attendance at PASS sessions
and discuss them with your group.

1. Report PASS vs. non-PASS test differences to the class in:

  • Test score averages
  • Amount of difference in scores
  • DFW and AB rates

2. Report test scores from previous academic terms. Use national data until you develop your own
history of institutional data.

3. Distribute reminder handouts to attend PASS sessions throughout the term.

4. Offer sample tests in PASS sessions with questions developed with the instructor. The instructor could
make these available in class with the comment that they will only be discussed during PASS.

5. Report the number and/or percentage of test questions covered in PASS sessions.

6. Provide time for regular verbal encouragements to attend PASS sessions.

7. Use worksheets during PASS sessions, especially in problem-solving courses. Even the use of
empty matrix worksheets may encourage students to attend who need something tangible to take
away from the PASS session.

8. Post anonymous quotations from students on how PASS has helped/is helping. Include some of these
with the PASS handout on the first day of class.

9. Write the daily PASS times and locations on the board during each class.

10. Allow for discussions between the class and the PASS supervisor when PASS attendance is low.

11. Report improvement on test scores from previous terms.

12. Offer regular reminders from PASS leaders in class on attending PASS.

13. Offer something specific in PASS sessions - a study skill, rules for problem
solving, jeopardy, games, text review, etc.

14. Change PASS times to accommodate the greatest number of students. Resurvey the class if necessary.

15. Offer “how to” handouts on the most efficient/effective study skills.

16. Tell student lab instructors about PASS and ask for their support.

17. Report differences in final course grades from previous terms.

18. Create an awareness video (5-10 minutes) that explains and promotes PASS. Show it on the first day of

19. Give handouts during PASS sessions occasionally.

20. Be sure to promote the PASS program through academic advisor, new student orientation programs and
other means before the academic term begins.

21. Place a display ad in the student newspaper that lists all courses to which PASS is/will be attached.
Remember to include a short description of PASS.

22. Place an advertisement or announcement in the campus course booklet that identifies all courses to
which PASS will be attached. Again, remember to include a short description of PASS.

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