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Position Summary:

The Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) leader is a model student who facilitates group study sessions for students who are enrolled in a supported section of courses where students historically have a rate of receiving D's and F's, or withdrawing. PASS offers a different approach than tutoring. The peer leader plans and facilitates sessions where students help each other learn. During PASS students build routine and effective study habits with their peers. In this supportive environment where students are challenged and supported by leaders, students feel comfortable asking questions, and explaining ideas and concepts to each other.

Peer leaders work closely with the professors assigned PASS and report to the JMU Learning Centers PASS Coordinator, Matt Trybus.

Essential Tasks:

  • Attend all class meetings and take notes for the assigned course section
  • Plan and facilitate two structured, 50-minute weekly study sessions, which are open to all students enrolled in the supported course section
  • Maintain attendance records for each session
  • Attend peer leader training and ongoing professional development workshops throughout the semester
  • Communicate clearly with the PASS Coordinator and course faculty regarding session plans

Qualifications/Special Skills Required:

This position is only available for current JMU students

Position candidates should have received an A or B at JMU for the course they want to support.

Peer leaders have excellent listening, administrative, speaking, organizational, and study skills; a history of outstanding class attendance and academic performance; and the ability to communicate effectively with peers, staff, and faculty.

If you are interested in becoming a PASS leader, please email us at or stop by room #1119 in the Student Success Center (adjacent to the Science and Math Learning Center).