Study Groups


Attention Students:

Thank you to those of you who participated in Guided Study Groups (GSG) during the fall 2016 semester.  We plan to have our spring 2017 sessions up and running during the second or third week of the semester.  Please check back to this site, listen to in-class announcements or read your syllabus for updates.

GSG Spring 2017 Session Schedule:

A spring 2017 GSG session schedule will be posted shortly after the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (January 16; no classes in session).  Please check back to this site, listen to in class announcements or read your syllabus for updates.  For immediate assistance with your course needs, please consult your faculty and TAs during office hours or stop by departmental resource rooms (e.g,, Chemistry Resource Room in 211 Whitmore, Physics Learning Resource Room in 207 Osmond, etc.)

GSG Employment - Spring 2017

We are seeking to fill the following STAT 200 Guided Study Groups (GSG) leader positions only for spring 2017.  Please note that the GSG leader must be available to attend the course lectures for one of the instructors listed below:

One position open for Dr. Philtron – 8:00-8:50 am, Wed & Fri

One position open for Dr. Buchanan – 8:00-8:50am, Tues & Thurs or 9:05-9:55am, Mon & Wed

Click here to review job responsibilities and to submit an application on the University's Employment Job Management System.

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)