The Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Mentor Program assists students with course
content in the classroom and in PASS sessions. PASS mentors address study-related
problems students face and provide general advice on a wide range of topics relating
to student equity and student success.
Become a PASS Mentor
Complete the course you wish to tutor with a final grade of B or better.
Obtain a written recommendation from an El Camino College instructor.
Paid, professional opportunity to help other students succeed in class
Build strong relationships with other PASS Mentors and students
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
Be part of a great team!
Multiple skills and attributes are gained from being a PASS mentor. In fact, being
a PASS mentor could be an asset to you in future employment prospects. Leadership
is a noteworthy skill to put on your resume and a valuable conversation starter in
an interview. The following are skills you gain throughout your role as a PASS mentor:
Teamwork – having the ability to work effectively with others
Communication skills - sharing knowledge and understanding
Planning and organization
Leadership and facilitation
PASS Mentors meet on a weekly basis with faculty to discuss specific issues, content
or directed activities to be covered in PASS sessions and to address specific challenges
students are facing in mastering course content. During these sessions, both faculty
members and PASS mentors discuss how to best secure equitable outcomes in the course.
All PASS mentors are trained in the following:
Equity-minded dialog and action planning
Overcoming personal barriers
PASS Mentors facilitate avenues for student equity through the following:
Helping students in the class during individual or group activity time
Planning and facilitating PASS sessions using interactive learning strategies rather
than re-lecturing or completing students' assignments for them
Attending all class lectures for the semester, taking notes and paying attention to
what students may find difficult
Attending weekly staff meetings and ongoing training
Attending de-briefing sessions with the PASS coordinator for feedback and evaluation
Demonstrating good learning strategies and sharing appropriate materials with students
PASS Mentors are hired for a maximum of 10 hours per 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
Attending ALL regularly scheduled class lectures/meetings for the class to which they
Modeling successful student behavior, which means being on time to class, attentive,
and non-disruptive; other students look to PASS Mentors to set the standard for the
class and will mirror PASS Mentors’ behavior
Facilitating one to two PASS sessions each week for the course of the semester
Being present, punctual, and prepared for all PASS sessions, which includes creating
activities, worksheets, and games to stimulate active collaborative learning
Always maintaining a professional attitude
Meeting with a professor once per 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 the class as necessary and submitting paperwork to the PASS
coordinator and/or faculty member in a timely fashion
Handling additional administrative duties
PASS Mentors are also paid for hours attended/worked at the mandatory pre-semester
orientation and training every semester they are employed.
PASS Mentors do not:
Grade assignments, homework, exams, etc.
Lecture or fill in as a substitute teacher for the instructor