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Program for Access to Student Services (PASS)

Program for Access to Student Services (PASS) offers you a support system for succeeding in school. We help students develop an action plan designed from an individual assessment of their needs. Transitioning from high school to college can be challenging for many students. Even transitioning from lower to upper division classes or switching majors can be a difficult challenge, and PASS can help students to adjust to these challenges by helping you gain skills that will help you succeed well beyond your time at Pacific. Peer mentoring with a Student Advisor, academic success workshops, regular contact with key faculty/staff, and referrals to University services may be included in the self-designed plan.  

Pacific students participate in PASS in one of two ways:

  • Scheduling ongoing one on one academic support meetings with a SASS staff member
  • Enrolling in SERV 12 (Academic Skills for Success), a one-unit student skill-building course that provides personalized academic support.  At the start of each semester through reflective writing, students identify their own personal and academic goals and identify academic areas where they would like help. Topics identified by the students are added to the course content and discussed in the class for that particular semester.  Throughout the semester, each student meets one-on-one with the course instructor and/or their student advisor for supplemental, individualized advising, as well as to evaluate progress in reaching individual established academic and personal goals.   

If you  want extra support or feel that it would be helpful to explore Pacific resources available to you, don't hesitate to enroll in the course.  Every session will cover a different topic that will be useful in increasing your academic skills and confidence to do well in your ongoing studies at Pacific. In partnership with Pacific Athletics, a special section of SERV 12 is devoted to serving student-athletes.   

The PASS program's one on one academic support meetings with a SASS member, unlike the SERV 12 class, may last for as long as a student chooses. Typically, the student may select the subjects that they receive one on one help on. Each module listed below is drawn from a list of Pacific student needs as well as literature on college knowledge and academic skills.

Core Ten Module

Description
Breaking Down Syllabus Students will learn how to break apart the elements of a syllabus, synthesize class schedules and assignments across classes, and develop a weekly academic plan to perform well in classes.
Time Management Students will learn how to use multiple tools to manage their time, such as weekly hour by hour sheets, semester on a page, phone/email calendars, and a planner. Students will be able to build off of prior modules on breaking down a syllabus.
Goal Setting Students will be able to set good goals, identify areas of focus, explain how their goal meets the S.M.A.R.T. method, and break down steps to meet a goal.
Test Taking Skills Students be able to analyze their past tests to identify weaknesses and strengths in their own strategies, learn tips to do well before, during, and after a test, and identify strategies to do well in different test types (multiple choice, short answer, true false, essay, etc.).
Note Taking Students will learn three different styles of note taking and pick one as a foundation to adapt upon. Through this module, students will be able to analyze their note taking style, build upon a style, and utilize their notes effectively while studying.
Procrastination Students will be able to understand why procrastination has an effect, what it is, and how to combat it through five different tips. Students will learn how to break up large tasks into smaller pieces, control their work environment, use to do lists, and be accountable to others to stop procrastination.
Motivation Students will be able to distinguish extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, as well as develop an area of focus related to a purpose statement. Students will understand what methods of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation look like and when they are best used.
Memory Strategies Students will utilize their learning styles to find how they best memorize material. These learning styles will dictate what tips and strategies they employ to memorize material.
Reading Skills Students will learn tactics on how to read proficiently and efficiently for homework assignments. In addition, students will learn how to take notes while reading and analyze key sections for homework, tests, and essays.
Learning Styles Students will be able to assess and identify their personal learning style between an auditory, kinesthetic, and visual learning style. Strategies to study more efficiently and effectively will be discussed.

For more information, contact Email linkPASS at 209.946.2177 or click here to download the SERV 12 flyer. Drop-in appointments are also available, visit Hand Hall room 111 or 114.