Course mentors are part of the Bear CLAW's Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Programming. They're a series of academic enhancement group sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. Led by Course Mentors, the sessions are provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. Attendance at sessions is voluntary. For you the student, it’s a chance to get together with people in your class to compare notes, to discuss important concepts, to develop strategies for studying the subject, and to test yourselves before your professor does, so that when he/she does, you’ll be ready.
Academic Enhancement Sessions
Academic Enhancement sessions help students work together throughout the semester, meeting once or twice per week for 50 minutes with the same small group of classmates and the same course mentor. Academic Enhancement sessions are directly connected to those courses which historically prove to be most challenging to undergraduates.
If you are familiar with our previous Supplemental Instruction (SI) or Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) program, you will notice that this program offers an ease of scheduling that SI did not. It also allowed us to expand to offering support for the university’s most challenging courses.
Who are the Course Mentors?
At each session, you will be guided through this material by your course mentor, a competent student who has previously taken the course. The course mentors are selected by the faculty teaching the course and the Director of Student Learning Services.
When are sessions offered?
Mentors offer sessions at times that are best for the majority of you. You can attend one or all of them (the choice is yours) and each one will be different because you’ll have new material to discuss. Review sessions are informal. Bring your notes; bring your textbook; bring your questions. See the menu on the left for more information.
What's in it for me?
If you attend sessions regularly, chances are you’ll earn a better grade. You’ll have developed a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways of studying. This will help you in other classes as well!