Study Groups


SPRING 2015 - Guided Study Groups (GSG) sessions are up and running.  Click here to view the schedule. Also, be sure to visit your faculty and TA office hours and departmental resource rooms (e.g., Chemistry Resource Room or Physics Learning Resource Center) for assistance.

Regularly scheduled GSG sessions end on Thursday, April 30th.  GSG is not offered during finals week.  Thank you for encouraging your students to participate during the past academic year!  

UPCOMING GSG EXAM REVIEWS (alpha order by course name and number):

ECON 102:  Mon., April 27th from 4:40-6:00pm in 169 Willard with Ezra (GSG leader with Dr. Brown)

ECON 102:  Sun., May 2nd from 12:20-2:20pm in 121 Sparks with Marc (GSG leader with Dr. Geerling)

MATH 034:  Thurs., April 30th from 6:00-9:00pm in 108 Forum with Katrina (GSG leader)

MATH 110:  Thurs., April 30th from 6:00-9:00pm in 010 Sparks with Wendy and Jeff (GSG leaders)

MATH 140:  Thurs., April 30th from 6:00-9:00pm in 121 Sparks with Ryan (GSG leader)

MATH 141:  Wed., April 29th from 6:00-9:00pm in 100 Thomas with Jenna (GSG leader)

MATH 141B:  Sat., May 2nd from 1:25-4:30pm in 102 Forum with Vincent (GSG leader)

MATH 200:  Wed., April 29th from 7:30-9:30pm in 111 Wartik with Jamie (GSG leader)

MATH 201:  Sat., May 2nd from 1:25-4:30pm in 201 Thomas with Jamie (GSG leader)

PHYS 250:  Sat., May 2nd from 2:30-5:35pm in 010 Sparks with Avery (GSG leader)

Spring 2015 - New Guided Study Groups (GSG) Program Coordinator:  Penn State Learning is pleased to welcome Dr. Brendaly Drayton to our GSG staff.  Brendaly will assist the GSG team with day-to-day program coordination and supervision.  Learn more about Brendaly by checking out her profile under "About Us" / "People".

Guided Study Groups (GSG):  Students helping students succeed! 

Guided Study Groups or GSG is a collaborative learning program designed to support students, who are enrolled in challenging larger lecture courses.  Basically, GSG is a study group led by a trained student leader (more information on this in our FAQ).  Please take a few minutes to read the information below and discover how GSG can help you meet academic success. 

How do I use the services offered through GSG?

GSG sessions are scheduled for set times and locations throughout the semester.  You are welcome to come and go from the sessions because your attendance is voluntary and confidential.

  • GSG leaders will make a few announcements in your class lectures and share session times or they’ll distribute promotional flyers.
  • Your faculty member may have the GSG session times on his/her syllabus or course website.

Note:  If a leader is not attending your specific class lecture time [e.g., MATH 110 at 10:10am MWF], but is attending an earlier or later time [9:05am or 1:25pm], you may not hear a verbal announcement.  However, your faculty member may let you know that GSG sessions are available through other means.

Recommendations for a Successful GSG Experience

Your personal preparation and regular attendance at the sessions is highly recommended.  Read your course materials, bring questions to seek better understanding and clarification, and be willing to work with your peers in a group setting.  In addition, you are highly encouraged to attend all course lectures, and visit faculty and TA office hours and department resource rooms. 

How can GSG sessions help me meet academic success?

GSG sessions can help you:

  • think more critically about your course material, class lectures, homework problems, etc.
  • learn how to question yourself and others in discovering the unknowns and solutions of the subject matter.
  • better understand key concepts, especially through multiple perspectives of your peers.
  • to articulate what you know and what you don’t know about the subject.
  • build on foundational material and integrate newer knowledge as the content becomes more complex.
  • prepare for and review for quizzes and exams.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Please call the Penn State Learning (PSL) numbers that are listed below.  A member of our student and professional staff will be happy to assist you.

Dr. Brendaly Drayton
Cocurricular Programs Coordinator - Guided Study Groups (GSG)
Office Location:  205D Boucke
814-863-6313 or

Dr. Angelique M. Bacon-Woodard
Scholar in Residence – Learning Communities
Office Location:  212B Boucke
814-865-2017 or
814-865-1841 (Student Receptionist – 220 Boucke Building)