Academic Resources

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. 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. Sessions are facilitated by upper-year Forestry and Land and Food Systems students who have been successful in the course in previous years.

In the 2021-2022 academic year, PASS Leaders will be offering small group sessions to support students taking:

  • Term 1: MATH 180, BIOL 121 and CHEM 121
  • Term 2: MATH 103, APBI 200 and BIOL 112

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

The PASS Session Schedule for Term 2 (Jan. – Apr. 2022) is listed below and will start on Mon. Jan. 17th. Sessions will not happen on days when the University is closed or during Reading Break (Feb. 21st – Feb 25th). Sessions are either on Zoom or in-person (below it lists whether the session is virtual or in-person):

Day Course Time/Location
Mondays Math 103 12:00pm-1:00pm; FSC 1402 (in-person starting Feb. 28th) FINAL EXAM PREP SESSION: Fri. Apr. 22 at 12:00pm-1:30pm in FSC 1611
Biology 112 2:00pm-3:00pm; FSC 1402 (in-person starting Feb. 7th) FINAL EXAM PREP SESSION: Thurs. Apr. 14 at 2:00pm-4:00pm in FSC 1611
Wednesdays APBI 200 3:00pm-4:00pm; FSC 1402 (in-person starting Feb. 28th) FINAL EXAM PREP SESSION: Wed. Apr. 20 at 1:00pm-3:00pm in FSC 1611
Math 103 4:00pm-5:00pm; Zoom (Passcode: 123456)
Thursdays APBI 200 2:00pm-3:00pm; MCML 258 (in-person starting Feb. 10th)
Biology 112 3:00pm-4:00pm; Zoom (Passcode: 123456)
Fridays APBI 200
12:00pm-1:00pm; Zoom (Passcode: 123456) (session cancelled for Fri. Mar. 4)
APBI 200 2:00pm-3:00pm; FSC 1617 (in-person starting Feb. 28th) (session cancelled for Fri. Apr. 1)

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.