Study Groups


GSG Employment - Fall 2016

Guided Study Groups (GSG) leader positions are filled for fall 2016.  Thank you for your interest!  Please visit our Penn State Learning employment site in the future for spring or fall 2017 openings.

GSG Fall 2016:

GSG sessions are up and running!  We are still adjusting the schedule as we secure additional times and classroom locations.  Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.   Please listen to in-class announcements and re-visit our website for updates.  Also, be sure to consult your faculty, TAs or learning assistants during office hours and visit course related resource rooms such as the Chemistry Resource Room (211 Whitmore) or the Physics Learning Resource Center (207 Osmond).  We look forward to seeing you at the free GSG sessions!  Click here to view the weekly schedule.


CHEM 210 - GSG Review with Natalie (GSG Leader); Sunday, September 11th from 7:00-8:30pm in 108 Forum.  Important Note:  This review will be held in the Forum on this evening only instead of 117 Osmond where Natalie's regularly scheduled Sunday session is held.

STAT 200 - GSG Review with Rachel (GSG Leader with Dr. Hunter); Sunday, September 11th from 4:00-6:00pm in 111 Wartik.  Important Note: Rachel's regularly scheduled GSG Sunday evening session will be canceled on this evening.  

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)