How to Become a PASS Mentor
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How to Become a PASS Mentor

To become a PASS Mentor, students must:

1.  Complete the course they wish to tutor with a final grade of B or better.

2.  Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units. 

3.  Complete a PASS Mentor application (PDF)

4.  Obtain a written recommendation from an El Camino instructor.

For questions about becoming a PASS Mentor, please contact

Wendy Lozano at (310) 660-3593 ext. 3579 or wlozano@elcamino.edu 


What are the duties and responsibilities of PASS Mentor?

PASS Mentors are hired for a maximum of 10 hours a week, for the duration of the semester (16 weeks).* The 10 hours are comprised of the following:

  • 3-4 hours sitting in on course lectures
  • 1-2 hours facilitating PASS sessions
  • 2 ½-3 hours dedicated to session planning and meetings with professor

*PASS Mentors are also paid for hours attended/worked at mandatory pre-semester training.


Primary responsibilities of PASS Mentors include:

  • Attending the mandatory pre-semester orientation and training every semester they are employed.
  • Attending ALL regularly scheduled class lectures/meetings for the class to which they are assigned.
  • Modeling successful student behavior. PASS Mentors must be on-time to class, attentive, and non-disruptive. The students will look to you to set the standard for the class; they will mirror your behavior.
  • Facilitating 1-2 PASS sessions each week for the course of the semester.
  • Being present, punctual, and prepared for all PASS sessions. This includes creating activities, worksheets, and games to stimulate active collaborative learning.
  • Maintaining a professional attitude at all times
  • Meeting with professor once a week.
  • Actively promoting PASS sessions by making in-class announcements, writing PASS session times/location on whiteboard, emailing students, etc.
  • Keeping track of hours and submitting timesheets on time.
  • Administering surveys to class as necessary and submitting paperwork to PASS Coordinator and/or faculty member in timely fashion.
  • Additional administrative duties.

PASS Mentors DO NOT:                                                                   

  • Grade assignments, homework, exams, etc.
  • Lecture or fill in as a substitute teacher for the instructor

What are the benefits of being a PASS Mentor?

  • Paid, professional opportunity to help other students succeed in class.
  • Build strong relationships with other PASS Mentors and students enrolled in course.
  • Develop rapport with faculty.
  • Further develop and deepen knowledge of course content.
  • Develop understanding of learning styles and strategies.
  • Develop leadership, public speaking, organizational, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Being part of a great team!

There are multiple skills and attributes that you could gain from being a PASS mentor. Although you may not realize, the experience of being a PASS mentor could be an asset to you in future employment prospects. Leadership is a noteworthy experience to put on your CV or a valuable ‘conversation-starter’ in an interview.  Below is a list of skills you could gain throughout your role as a PASS mentor. You could also personalize this and use the extra space to add in important skills:

  • Team work – having the ability to work effectively with others;
  • Communication skills- sharing knowledge and understanding;
  • Responsibility;
  • Creativity;
  • Planning and organization;
  • Interpersonal skills;
  • Leadership and facilitation;
  • Problem solving;
  • Self confidence;
  • Life skills - improving team work and leadership skills.