P.A.S.S. - Promoting Academic Skills for Success

P.A.S.S. Registration Form

P.A.S.S. which stands for Promoting Academic Skills for Success, is a program run through the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre for students who are “academically at risk”: students who have been placed on academic probation/suspension and students entering the university under probationary status. PASS relies on generating student commitment to long-term changes to study behaviors and then facilitating these changes with peer-based facilitation and mentoring in small groups to create social learning environments of value to the students involved. The program itself is composed of a series of “class meetings” led by a learning strategist or faculty member.

The PASS program is a 6 week curriculum consisting of 3 components: Interactive classes, scheduled follow up  sessions and reflection pieces. Students must attend weekly classes that occur at fixed days/times, these classes CANNOT be rescheduled. Students must arrange to attend follow up sessions for every class. Students will have greater flexibility in scheduling timings for follow up sessions.


Key Academic Skills Developed


Study plans, learning styles, and note-taking


Study skills and exam preparation


Critical thinking


Problem solving


Writing feedback, brainstorming and creating an outline


Health and wellness, career planning, and academic advising

P.A.S.S. Registration Form