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 1 (Sept. – Dec. 2021) is listed below. Sessions will not happen on days when the University is closed or during Fall Reading Break (Thurs. Sept. 30, Mon. Oct. 11 and Wed. Nov. 10 – Fri. Nov. 12). The sessions will either be in-person or on Zoom:

Day Course Time/Location
Mondays Biology 121 2:00pm-3:00pm; FSC 1617
Math 180 12:00pm-1:00pm; FSC 1617
Tuesdays Biology 121 11:00am-12:00pm; FSC 1617
Chemistry 121 6:00pm-7:00pm; Zoom Passcode: 123456
Wednesday Math 180 3:00pm-4:00pm; FSC 1617; Final Exam Prep Session on Thurs. Dec. 9th will be on Zoom Passcode: 123456
Thursdays Chemistry 121
3:00pm-4:00pm; FSC 1002

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.