FAQ for Students

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is PASS?

Peer Academic Support Service (PASS) tutoring is a peer-facilitated group-study session exclusively for a specific course. It is designed to help students learn the course material and become independent learners.

2. Who is the PASS tutor and what is their role?

The PASS tutors are students at NCC who have successfully completed the course to which they are assigned and have mastered the material. Their role during the session is to facilitate group discussions and create a welcoming learning environment for everyone.

Even though they have already completed the course, they continue to attend the class, take notes, and communicate with the professor to be able to develop tutoring sessions tailored to where students are at in the course.

3. Do I have to pay to attend?

PASS tutoring sessions are completely free for NCC students enrolled in a course with a PASS tutor.

4. How do I know if PASS is offered for my course?

If PASS is offered for your class, your professor will talk to you about session times during the first week of class and you will meet the PASS tutor.

5. How often are PASS sessions held?

PASS sessions are held twice a week. The sessions for each class are offered at the same days and times each week throughout the semester. The schedule changes each semester based on course scheduling and offerings. Contact your professor to see the schedule.

6. Who attends PASS Sessions?

PASS sessions are open to all students who are enrolled in the course and are interested in improving their understanding of the course material. PASS is a place to better understand the material taught in your class.

7. Am I required to attend PASS?

PASS is voluntary and a great way to gain a better understanding of the course material, reinforce course ideas, and learn from your peers and PASS tutor. Some professors may offer incentives for attending PASS tutoring sessions.