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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 weekly PASS sessions to foster your success.


Peer Assisted
Study Sessions


PASS stands for Peer-Assisted Study Sessions.

Why participate in PASS?

PASS sessions 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 a PASS session?

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 sessions 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.

Meet our PASS Leaders!


Aditya Lakhina

BA Specialized Honours - Financial and Business Economics

Hey everyone! My name is Aditya. I'm the PASS Leader for ECON 2500. I will be holding my sessions virtually via zoom. I’m looking forward to work with you all. Fun fact about me: I don’t think there is one, I’m a pretty boring person.


Jessell Miranda

BA Honours - Economics

I am the PASS leader for ECON 1530 this semester. Fun fact about me: I chose ECON as my major one month before my high school graduation. One of the best decisions I made.


Mehar Kaur Nakai

BA Specialized Honours - Financial and Business Economics

Hello, everyone! I am Mehar, an international student from India, majoring in Financial and Business Economics. My pronouns are she/they and I'll be entering my third year this Fall. A fun fact about me: I love traveling and I've traveled to 10 countries so far!


Hafsa Fateema Mahmud

BA Specialized Honours - Financial and Business Economics

Hey everyone! I am Hafsa. I’m majoring in Financial and Business Economics. I’m going into my third year in Fall 2021. A fun fact about me: I loved watching The Chronicles of Narnia as a kid and got to visit New Zealand, where the movie was shot! I look forward to interacting with you all soon.


Timothy Kasozi

BA Specialized Honours - Financial and Business Economics

Hello everyone, I’m Timothy a third-year Financial and Business Economics student, going into my fourth year of school. For a fun fact, I love sports - particularly rugby. I was the captain of the rugby team for my senior year in high school. Also, I have been a PASS leader for two years now and I’m excited to meet you guys!


Ki Young Lee (Young)

BA Specialized Honours - Commerce (Accounting Stream)

Hi everyone, my name is Young and I'm a fourth-year Commerce - Accounting student. My pronouns are he/him. I'm an avid traveller that has visited numerous countries around the world and I love all sports - especially cycling. Looking forward to seeing you at the PASS session!


Diana Liu Xu

BA Specialized Honours - Financial and Business Economics

Hello, everyone! My name is Diana, an international student from Colombia. My pronouns are she/her and I am a fourth-year student majoring in Financial and Business Economics. A fun fact about me: I love food and I love nature (especially anywhere with waterfalls). Looking forward to meeting all of you!

Student Testimonials

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.

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.