Study Sessions

For mock tests and answers, scroll down.

Bio 120

Coach (Peer Mentor) Time Location
Avery Mondays 12:30 - 1:50 pm Room 101, Arts Building
Alexa Tuesdays 8:30 - 9:50 am Room G3, Murray Library
Dylan Tuesdays 2:30 - 3:50 pm Room 124, Biology Building
Dakoda Thursdays 1:00 - 2:20 pm Room 207, Arts Building

Fridays 2:30 - 3:50 pm

Wednesdays 2:30-3:50pm (new)

Room 208, Arts Building

Last study session: Thursday, April 7.

See below for Mock Final documents.

Phys 117

Coach (Peer Mentor) Time Location
Asbah Tuesdays 4:00-5:20pm Room G3, Murray Library
Amir Wednesdays 5:30-6:50pm Room 102, Murray Library
Sunny Thursdays 5:00-6:20pm Room 102, Murray Library

Last session: Thursday, April 7.

Mock final exam: Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 1:30pm in room 107 of the Physics Building

Mock Exams

Mock Midterms

Physics 117

  • Date/time: Sunday, Februay 7, 2016, 6pm
  • Location: Room 107 of the Physics Building
  • Mock midterm questions: test questions
  • Answers to mock midterm: mock answers

Biology 120

  • Date/time: Monday, February 22, 2016, 5:30pm
  • Location: Room 106 of the Biology Building
  • Mock midterm questions: test questions
  • Answers to mock midterm: answers
    • Correct answers are in bold
    • Note about question 22: There was some discussion about the answer to this question. Further investigation indicates that the correct answer is indeed c.

Mock Finals

Biology 120 Lab Final Review Session

  • Sunday, March 20, 5:30pm in Room 263 of the Arts Building
  • Lab Final Review questions | preamble and spot test questions | answer key
  • Note that the questions and answer key documents are 8 1/2 by 14; spot test questions and preamble are converted from PowerPoint

Biology 120

  • Saturday, April 2, 2016, 2pm in Room 241 of the Arts Building
  • Mock Final Exam questions (formatted for 8 1/2 by 14 in paper)| answer key

Physics 117

  • Date/time: Sunday, April 10, 2016, 1:30pm
  • Location: Room 107 of the Physics Building
  • Mock final questions | answers 

About Structured Study Sessions

Structured Study Sessions (SSSs), led by a Peer Mentor trained in the theory of Supplemental Instruction (SI), provide students with a chance to review, practice, and share their understanding of course material with their peers in a collaborative group setting.

What happens in Structured Study Sessions?

During weekly study sessions, Study Session Coaches (trained Peer Mentors) will help students identify the important concepts covered during lectures, work through exercises and sample problems, and coordinate a mock mid-term exam. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions and share problems, working collectively as a group to arrive at solutions to problems and direct the learning.

In many respects, structured study sessions are like informal study groups that naturally form and meet periodically throughout a term to work on assignments and study for exams. The main difference is that Structured Study Sessions take place on a regular weekly basis beginning at the start of the term and have guidance from a student Peer Mentor (an academically successful student with some effective learning strategies). Study sessions will not be used to teach new material or to provide subject-specific tutoring for individual students.

Who leads the Study Sessions?

Structured Study Sessions are led by students who have already successfully completed the class, have received training in the theory of Supplemental Instruction and Study Skills, and are familiar with student resources and services at the U of S. Study Session PALs attend class lectures once again with students registered in the class (..not for credit this time!) in order to become familiar with the course content and facilitate weekly study sessions.

Study Session PALs are senior students with effective study and learning skills and a passion for teaching and learning, acting as a guide in study sessions where a collaborative approach to learning is taken and are not tutors or instructors. They do not teach or provide individual subject-specific tutoring to students.

When and where will Structured Study Sessions take place?

Each term a new set of offerings will be made.  Details about the sessions, including schedule of sessions and location at posted at the top of this page.

Role of the Instructor in SSS

Before the start of term, we'll need your help in selecting good candidates to facilitate the Structured Study Sessions (SSSs) for your course, the SSS Coach. This academically-strong "model student" will have taken the course before, potentially in the previous academic year.

The SSS Coach will participate in Student Learning Services' Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) training program, and will take on the role of SSS Coach for your class.

During the term, the SSS Coach will occasionally ask you if they can make an announcement at the beginning of class. For example, if they are planning a particularly interesting study session that week (like a practice midterm), then they'll want to inform the class to encourage more than just "the regulars" to attend.

At the end of the term, we will ask you for a list of final marks for your course. The data will be used for research and program development only; individual student identities will not be revealed and student privacy will be protected. We will also ask for your assistance in sending out an invitation to the class to participate in an evaluation survey where students are asked for feedback on the study sessions.

How is the SSS Coach different from a Teaching Assistant?

The SSS Coach is responsible for attending your lectures and preparing study session material based on the material covered in class. The point of having the student re-attend lectures for this course is not for their own revision of the material, but rather to give them context in which to design the study session material as well as be able to jog students' memories, i.e. "Remember when the prof said such-and-such in class?"

The SSS Coach is *not* involved with grading or marking of student work. The SSS Coach is a Peer Mentor, and is a "friendly face" and is more approachable to students because of their separation from any evaluation.

SSSs are held at regularly scheduled times throughout the week, usually 3h/week. The SSS Coach will discourage students from attending SSSs as a substitute for class.

About a week before the start of term, the SLS will take care of details such as coordinating SSS times that work with the SSS Coach's schedule, booking rooms, and providing photocopier access. The SSS Coach will also have regular office hours at the SLS when they can prepare study session material.

How do the student SSS Coaches benefit from this program?

SSS Coaches receive high-quality training in small-group facilitation, teaching techniques, active listening, and student support. These students have received orientation from other units on campus including the International Student Office, Student Counselling Services, Disability Student Services and USSU Pride Centre, making them more aware of diversity and thereby making them stronger leaders.


If you are interested in piloting Structured Study Sessions in your course, please contact Gina Koehn (966-2738, This program is targetted at historically difficult large 100- and 200-level courses. With your interest and a good candidate or two in mind, the SLS will check with your department for approval to proceed with this program.

Student leaders will go through an application and interviewing process before being hired as SLS PAL Peer Mentors, and will attend training at the beginning of the term. Find out more about the PAL program.