You may not realize it, but many of your LFS projects and assessments are preparing you for life after graduation. Things like research, presentation skills, group work and project management are examples of transferable skills that will serve you well in your future career, so keep your focus on getting the most out of each individual course.

But learning doesn’t happen only in the lecture hall. From global learning opportunities and co-op experiences to working on the UBC Farm and field studies that let you apply your education hands-on, there are many ways to complement your in-classroom experience and invest in your own academic success.

Enhance Your Classroom Experience

Making it Work in Your Program

Thesis, directed studies, practicums, international learning . . . how is a student to know how these great experiences fit into an undergraduate degree? We’ve done the heavy lifting for you on the specific webpage for your major. That’s where you can read more about the experiential learning opportunities that fit best with your degree program. So if you’re taking Dietetics, you’ll find more information on the Dietetics webpage. If you’re taking Applied Animal Biology, you’ll find more information on that page. And so on. Below you will find a link to the program pages.

Improve Your Skills in the Classroom

Dreading that upcoming presentation? Curious about how to be a good group member? We don’t all have the same level of skill or prior training in these things. But the UBC Learning Commons website has your back. That’s where UBC experts have curated some great information and resources that’ll help you master those job-ready skills. The payoff for investing some time now to learn new work strategies will prove invaluable in the future. Even if you take away only one new idea to put into practice, you’re going to see improvements to your in-classroom experience and your academic success.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are free, structured group study sessions designed to help students understand key concepts and practice the skills necessary for success in traditionally challenging courses. PASS sessions complement what you learn in lectures, but are not a replacement. They’re also a great way to meet other Forestry or Land and Food Systems students in your classes.

Our Zoom sessions are welcoming, supportive and engaging, and help students understand course concepts and develop study strategies for the specific subject matter. They are facilitated by upper-year Forestry and Land and Food Systems students who have been successful in the course in previous years.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, PASS Leaders will be offering small group sessions to support students taking:

  • Term 1: MATH 102, Math 184 and CHEM 120
  • Term 2: MATH 103, APBI 200 and FRST 231

Sessions are designed to help students:

  • Gain a more in-depth understanding of the course content
  • Meet students from their class in a small group setting online
  • Test their knowledge about their course prior to tests and exams
  • Develop transferable study skills

Research has shown that the more PASS sessions students attend, the greater likelihood they are of improving their overall understanding of key concepts, which results in achieving higher grades. We hope that we see you at one or more of our sessions each week!

Who facilitates PASS sessions?

Sessions are run by senior undergraduate students in Forestry and Land and Food Systems who have been trained to incorporate a variety of different activities, games, practice questions, mock quizzes and techniques to help you progress each week throughout the semester. PASS sessions are not like lectures or tutorials; they are not structured as a passive review session or a FAQ.

The PASS Session Schedule for Term 1 (September – December 2020) is listed below. The sessions will be offered through Zoom and the times listed below will be in Pacific Standard Time (PST), if you wish to convert it to your timezone click here.

Day Course Time/Location
Mondays MATH 184
5:00 – 6:00pm (PDT), Zoom (Passcode: 123456)
Wednesdays MATH 102
3:00 – 4:00pm (PDT), Zoom (Passcode: 123456)
CHEM 120
5:00 – 6:00pm (PDT), Zoom (Passcode: 123456)
Thursdays MATH 184
1:00 – 2:00pm (PDT), Zoom (Passcode: 123456)
CHEM 120
2:00 – 3:00pm (PDT), Zoom (Passcode: 123456)
MATH 102
3:00 – 4:00pm (PDT), Zoom (Passcode: 123456)

PASS Sessions begin the week of Monday September 21 and run throughout the term.

No sign-up required; please attend any of the sessions that fit your timetable and will help you succeed in your courses! If you have any questions regarding the PASS program, please contact Thilini Leitan.

Still Have Questions?

If you are a prospective, new or veteran LFS student and you have questions about how to ensure you’re making the most of your academic and classroom experience, we encourage you to visit an academic advisor in LFS Student Services. We’re happy to help you navigate your degree and will ensure you are connected to the right people and resources to make informed decisions.