SI-PASS Programme

What is Supplemental Instruction (SI) – Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Programme?

An academic assistance programme in which regular group study sessions are facilitated by an SI- PASS leader. During the sessions, students in company with SI-leaders discuss the course topics and work on sample questions collaboratively to consolidate what they learn in class in a friendly environment. SI-PASS Leaders provide structure to the session by conducting collaborative learning activities and assist students on their problem solving struggles and questions.

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How does SI-PASS effect course grades?

Our SI-PASS Programme has started to pay off and continues with full speed. For MATH 119 course, the students who attended 5 or more study sessions had significantly higher course grades (Average = 73.88, Standard Deviation = 15.04) than non-participants (Average = 53.39, Standard Deviation = 20.99).

Quotes from participants about SI-PASS at METU NCC

"A time to work on the most difficult and hard-to-grasp content of the course at an understandable rate especially for content I couldn't understand alone."

"A group study with a peer guide of better knowledge and understanding"

"Studying with other students in a friendly environment"

"Meeting for solving questions with peers by discussing together & sharing results. Summary of what was taught in class."

SI-PASS Schedule

If you are interested for a friendly study environment, all you need to do is just to pick the SIPASS time that fits your schedule and participate. Click here to check the program schedule for SI-PASS MATH 119 & MATH 120 Fall 2019.

Our SI-PASS Leaders

MATH 119 Leaders

Mahmoud Elhewahey, Computer Engineering – 2rd year
"Hey! I am a big fan of traveling and music. I am also always on the lookout for a good book recommendation. SI-PASS is a chance to learn in a fun way in a friendly environment and will certainly further your understanding of the material. My passion for being in this program is helping you see how fascinating math can be. I have always loved math and I am sure you can love it too!"
Özümcem Coşkun, Electrical and Electronics Engineering – 4th year
"Hi guys! I remember the time I was taking Math 119/120 courses and remember how much I had to study on my own so, I thought before I leave the campus, I could help the students as much as I can. I know Math lectures require much attention and study but you are not alone on this path and that is the reason we invite you to study together and help you as much as we can. Let's help each other and reach to the best result"
Can Balık, Electrical and Electronics Engineering – 3rd year
"Hello mates, on my free times I work with some societies and like to dance. Here at METU we need to work and study a lot (made me a coffee lover) and SI-PASS helps us overcome these difficulties. We have had great achievements with our participants and why not with you? I hope you decide to join my sessions because we are stronger and better together with a coffee!!"
Abdullah Damash, Electrical and Electronics Engineering– 2nd year
"Hi everyone, it is my pleasure to be one of the SI-PASS leaders because I LOVE MATH and I found that a lot of people are facing difficulties in passing the course so that I wanted to be part of this program to help the other students in friendly environment and student to student study sessions"
Aisan Sisani, Computer Engineering – 3nd year
"Hi, I love math, physics, sports, hanging out with friends, watching movies and studying. SI-PASS will not be a calculus class with a teacher and students or a recitation class. IT will help you to gain studying and teamwork skills for life as well as improving your grade for the semester. As a person who likes studying and keeps getting AAs, I look forward to helping you study calculus more efficient. See you at the session."
Yasemin Zirek, Electrical and Electronics Engineering – 4th year
"Hello everyone, I am a METU NCC student from Aydın, Turkey. When I am free, I love spending time with my friends and participating at the student societies. After my first year experiences and successful results, I strongly suggest students to attend SI-PASS. It will offer you a confidence about Calculus courses in a friendly environment. We will study together on troublesome topics and we will walk together through the road to success."
Sercan Oran, Electrical and Electronics Engineering - 2nd year
"Hello! Calculus is my favourite subject as it is almost universally applicable in numerous fields. In fact, I use it on a daily basis in my courses. Being an SI-PASS Leader for MATH 119 allows me to communicate my love for the subject to you. As the programme initiated last semester, I have thoroughly enjoyed helping other students to grasp the fundamentals of this course. I hope to see you at the sessions!"


MATH 120 Leaders

Ömer Hakan Bozkurtoğlu, Aerospace Engineering – 2nd year 
“Hello everyone, Calculus is my favourite subject as it is one of the most advanced tools developed by mankind to understand and control the movement of matter. Therefore, throughout my educational career I have always enjoyed studying in detail on Calculus, a sub-branch of mathematics. Being an SI-PASS Leader for MATH 120 allows me a privilege to share my academic knowledge with you as much as possible. SI-PASS is a global program which is proven to be very beneficial. I hope to see you all in my sessions."
Yara Toamiah, Aerospace Engineering – 2nd year
"Hey there! I'm part of the SI-PASS team and together we'll discover and nourish our skills. Generally I love reading biographies and magazines about empowering women as well as watching documentaries related to my field, hoping to make the world a better place on the long run. But for now let's build stronger foundations for ourselves by helping one another to find solutions to our problems. Looking forward to meeting you all."
Rustam Quliyev, Computer Engineering – 4th year
"Good day everyone! I am an SI-PASS leader for MAT 120 course who comes from Azerbaijan. I have taken the course 3 years back and got AA grade on it. If you also want to excel at this course you, definitely, need to give SI-PASS a shot. It is an experimentally proven way of success. Apart from Math I fancy enjoying time with my friends, doing judo and learning new things. Hope to see you all there."


SI-PASS Mentor

Yücel Çakır, Economics – 4th year

“Hi, I am an SI-PASS leader for MATH 120 and this is our second year running the program, I am very excited about the progress we will make. I am interested in acting in and directing plays and I was an active member of the theatre club for a while. I come from Tekirdağ, a beautiful city next to Istanbul, and I love it here in Kalkanlı. I hope to see us all solidifying our understanding of calculus together.”

How do I become an SI-PASS Leader?

SI-PASS Leaders are required to pass the relevant course with a good grade. Each leader has to attend a 2-day training in the beginning of the fall term which is conducted by the SI-PASS supervisor. Facilitating 1,5 hours study sessions weekly, attending to regular group meetings with the supervisors, carrying out some clerical work during office hours, on-site observation and giving feedback to fellow SI-PASS leaders are some of the primary tasks of an SI-PASS leader during the semester.

If you believe you can fulfil these responsibilities and interested in to be an SI-PASS Leader, all you need to do is to fill in the application form.

“The application for the 2020/21 Academic Year will be open in April 2020”