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.

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

ECON 102:  Sun., March 22nd from 1:00-3:00pm with Marc (GSG Leader) in 100 Thomas

MATH 034: Thurs., March 26th from 6:00-9:00pm with Katrina (GSG Leader) in 101 Osmond

MATH 140:  Sun., March 29th from 1:25-4:25pm with Ryan (GSG Leader) in 102 Forum

MATH 141B: Tues., March 24th from 6:00-9:00pm with Vincent (GSG Leader) in 100 Life Sciences

MATH 200:  Wed., April 1st from 6:00-7:30pm with Jamie (GSG Leader) in 009 Life Sciences

MATH 201:  Wed.,  April 1st from 7:45-9:15pm with Jamie (GSG Leader) in 009 Life Sciences

PHYS 250:  Tues., March 24th from 7:15-10:15pm with Avery (GSG Leader) in 010 Sparks

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)