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 email@example.com
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;
- Planning and organization;
- Interpersonal skills;
- Leadership and facilitation;
- Problem solving;
- Self confidence;
- Life skills - improving team work and leadership skills.