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PASS Program

Want to complete a difficult course? Or even ace it? The PASS program is here to help. In small weekly group-learning sessions, a PASS Leader will help you collaborate, develop learning strategies and prepare for exams. Leaders are familiar with the coursework because they've already completed it and received an A or A+.

We know certain BCOM, BHRM, and ITEC courses are challenging. However, these sessions have been documented as an effective strategy for dealing with demanding courses. You'll feel more comfortable asking questions in a small group, avoid leaving studying to the last minute, and enjoy the interactive style of learning. We strongly encourage you to attend PASS.

About PASS


What is PASS?

PASS stands for "Peer-Assisted Study Sessions" - these are FREE weekly group-learning sessions for difficult courses which are facilitated by a "PASS Leader" - a student who has completed the respective course in a previous term with an A or A+. For ADMS, HRM, ITEC, and DEM students at York, these sessions are organized by New College and are normally offered throughout the academic year.

Why participate in PASS?

PASS will help you integrate what to learn with how to learn so you can succeed in your course. Sessions are free, and you may attend as often as you like. Some are offered twice weekly to accommodate busy schedules.


What happens during these sessions?

In these sessions, students compare notes, practise problem-solving, develop learning strategies and prepare for exams.

Who Are PASS Leaders?

PASS Leaders are trained undergraduate students who have successfully taken these courses before and will re-attend lectures. They are responsible for facilitating these sessions.

PASS Works!

Research shows students attending PASS regularly have a significantly higher success rate than those who do not. When surveyed at the end of term, 86% of PASS attendants said the sessions improved their course grade by a median estimate of 10 percentage points.


Supported Courses

  • ADMS 1500 - An Introduction to Accounting for Human Resource Professionals
  • ADMS 2500 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ADMS 2510 - Introduction to Management Accounting
  • ADMS 3530 - Finance
  • ADMS 3585 - Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ADMS 3595 - Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • ITEC 1620 - Object-Based Programming
  • ITEC 3210 - Applied Data Communications and Networks