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The Office of Student Life offers opportunities to get involved with Academic Support through three programs: Peer Assisted Study Session leaders (PASS), peer tutoring and volunteer notetaking. These paid and volunteer positions allow students to share their knowledge and help other students while building their resumés and gaining valuable leadership experience.

PASS Leader (Paid Opportunity)

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a peer-led interactive group study program that targets historically difficult courses. PASS is facilitated by upper-year students who have successfully completed the course. PASS leaders are required to re-attend all lectures of the target course and prepare collaborative activities to conduct weekly group study sessions. The role of a PASS leader includes the following:

  • Encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Encourage students to work together using each other as resources.
  • Help students discover connections between and within concepts.
  • Integrate what to learn (course content) and how to learn (study skills).
  • Organize activities that facilitate active processing of conceptual material.

Benefits of becoming a PASS Leader

  • Allows for a flexible 10-hour-a-week work schedule, arranged around the student's academic timetable.
  • Provides an opportunity to gain valuable work experience.
  • Strengthens communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Enhances academic skills.
  • Enables university-life involvement.
  • Provides an opportunity to help other students.

Qualifications

  • Third- or fourth-year standing is preferred; second-year standing is the minimum.
  • An overall GPA of 3.3 or above is required.
  • A GPA of 3.7 or above in the selected course is preferred; prior enrolment with the professor who is to teach the selected course is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.

Responsibilities

Primary Activities

  • Attend all class lectures of the selected course, take notes and read all assigned materials, including texts and supplemental readings.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled study sessions (typically two per week) throughout the term, using strategies learned through the PASS leader training workshop.
  • Regularly meet with the peer learning co-ordinator and course instructor to:
    • Discuss observations of the sessions.
    • Discuss the creation and use of PASS handouts.
    • Discuss the planning of sessions and use of a wide variety of learning strategies.

Secondary Activities

  • Provide extra PASS sessions as necessary (e.g. prior to exams).
  • Prepare and provide handouts for use during PASS.
  • Ascertain course requirements and maintain contact throughout the term with the course professor or designated representative.
  • Other duties as assigned by the peer learning co-ordinator.

Administrative Duties

  • Complete the necessary personnel paperwork.
  • Attend PASS leader training workshop prior to the beginning of each term.
  • Attend ongoing training sessions throughout the term.
  • Make regular announcements about the availability of PASS to the students.
  • Ensure PASS surveys are distributed and collected.
  • Collect attendance data for every session, including student names, course title, date and time of session.
  • Maintain a professional attitude about matters such as class standards, grades and student complaints.
  • Model appropriate professional attitudes and behaviours to staff, students and others.
  • Provide the peer learning co-ordinator with up-to-date feedback of your sessions.

The Student Learning Centre accepts applications on an ongoing basis. Please email resumés to the attention of the peer learning co-ordinator. Indicate PASS leader applicant in the subject line.

Please note: Candidates must attend mandatory PASS leader training.

Peer Tutor (Paid Opportunity)

The Peer Tutor is responsible for conducting one-on-one tutoring that focuses on subject-specific concepts or specific skills that require improvement. Each appointment is conducted at an appropriate pace and level of instruction that is suitable to the tutee’s individual needs. The peer tutor does not teach the course material, but rather reviews the subject concepts by providing an explanation and/or demonstration where appropriate.

Benefits of Becoming a Peer Tutor

  • Allows for a flexible work schedule, arranged around the student's academic timetable.
  • Enables university-life involvement.
  • Enhances academic skills.
  • Provides an opportunity to gain valuable work experience.
  • Provides an opportunity to help other students.
  • Strengthens communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

Peer Tutor Subject Areas

  • Business and IT
  • Engineering
  • Health science
  • Math
  • Nursing
  • Science
  • Social science
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Registered undergraduate student standing is required.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and grade point of 3.7 or higher in relevant courses of tutoring subject.
  • Tutoring experience is an asset.
  • At least one faculty recommendation is required.
  • Must attend mandatory Peer Tutor training.
  • Preference will be given to students in years two to four of their program.

Skills

  • Superior understanding of the tutoring subject area.
  • Strong interpersonal, problem solving, communication and time management skills.
  • Respect for confidentiality.
  • Openness to diversity.

Responsibilities

  • Work up to 10 hours per week, including daytime and/or evening appointments.
  • Check the student portal for appointments on a daily basis.
  • Liaise closely with peer learning co-ordinator and the student information assistant for tracking purposes.
  • Keep accurate records of what is covered with students in the tutorial session through the documentation system.
  • Provide drop-in tutoring hours and one-on-one appointments.
  • Meet with the peer learning co-ordinator regularly to discuss tutoring practices.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned, which may include email correspondence, assisting with Student Learning Centre (SLC) resources, promoting the SLC services and greeting students.

The Student Learning Centre accepts applications on an ongoing basis. Please email resumés to the attention of the Peer Learning Co-ordinator at studentlearning@ontariotechu.ca. Indicate Peer Tutor applicant in the subject line.

Volunteer Notetaker

Volunteer notetakers write complete notes that they share with students who are registered with Student Accessibility Services and whose disability impacts their ability to take notes. This role allows you to enhance your notetaking skills while supporting a fellow student's academic success.

 Learn more about Volunteer Notetaking