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Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) for General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry

PASS sessions are held once a week for 90 minutes and are organized by course and professor.  A student tutor facilitates the session and provides guidance for homework and will review class material. 

Each semester, the Ursinus Institute for Student Success offers peer-assisted study sessions (PASS) for General Chemistry I & II and Organic Chemistry I & II. 

In order to participate in PASS, you must register for a session.

PASS is not a drop-in program.  You will receive an email the first week of classes with information on how to register. 

You should register as soon as possible to reserve a seat.  Students are placed in groups on a first-come, first-served basis.  If a session becomes full, you will be placed on a waiting list and emailed when a spot opens.  If placed in a PASS group, you must attend the same session every week. 

If needed, one-on-one tutoring for Chemistry is also available.  However, if you request one-on-one tutoring, it is expected that you will simultaneously attend a PASS session. 

PASS is a great way to supplement your own studying and preparation. 

If you have any questions about PASS or one-one tutoring, please contact Nick Hanford, Assistant Director at nhanford@ursinus.edu or at 610-409-3088.   

Here is what past students said about the program:

“Invaluable tool for going over homework problems and studying for the exams.”

“It is helpful to have someone to ask questions to besides the professor.”

“It helped me get started on my chemistry assignments in advance and helped me understand some material that I didn’t understand in class.”

“PASS improved my grade.”

“It helps with learning new concepts, and also gives you a chance to work in a smaller group.”

“It’s very helpful to work in a small group with a tutor. We had a lot of the same questions so it was a good use of everyone’s time.”