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PASS Program

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

We know certain ECON courses are challenging, but around the world, PASS programs have been successfully used as effective strategies for success in such 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. You're strongly encouraged to attend PASS on weekly basis to foster your success.

About PASS


What is PASS?

PASS stands for Peer-Assisted Study Sessions. These weekly collaborative learning sessions are for students who want to improve their understanding of the content in selected challenging courses.

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, practice problem-solving, develop learning strategies and prepare for exams.


Who are PASS Leaders?

PASS Leaders are trained undergraduate students who have successfully taken these Economics courses before and earned a top grade.

Does PASS work?

Research shows that students who attend 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

  • ECON 1000 - Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 1010 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON 1530 - Introductory Mathematical Economics I
  • ECON 1540 - Introductory Mathematical Economics II
  • ECON 2300 - Intermediate Microeconomics Theory II
  • ECON 2350 - Intermediate Microeconomics Theory II
  • ECON 2500 - Introductory Statistics for Economics I

Student Testimonials

PASS actually helped me so much! I loved discussing the problems with other students.

— Christine P.

The PASS program really helped me get through the course. The leader did a good job at keeping the sessions interactive. I found the group sessions were great for solving problems together and allowed me to make friends at York.

— Farhat R.

This program was awesome! I got a good mark, and made a lot of friends while being myself.

— Raed B.

These sessions were really useful and helpful.

— Syed A.

PASS helped me improve my grade and inspired me to work harder to become a PASS leader.

— Mathew N.