Study Groups



GSG sessions will resume on Monday, November 30th. Have an enjoyable break! 

FALL 2015: Guided Study Groups (GSG) sessions are currently under way.  Please listen to in-class announcements and click on the link below and to the left to view the full GSG schedule. Also, please consult your faculty and TAs during office hours and visit department resource rooms for assistance (e.g., Chemistry Resource Room in 211 Whitmore or Physics Learning Resource Center in 207 Osmond).

GSG SESSION UPDATES (alpha order by course name and number):

ATTENTION BIOL 110 Students: Beginning on Sunday, October 11, Kyle (GSG Leader) will host only two sessions each week. One will be held on Sundays from 6:00-7:30pm in 109 Boucke and on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm in 109 Boucke.Make note of the extended session time periods. Kyle will no longer facilitate a session on Thursday evenings.

ATTENTION CHEM 210 Students:  Beginning on Sunday, October 11, Natalie (GSG Leader) will host only one GSG session each week.  This session will be held on Sundays from 3:00-5:00pm in 102 Forum.  Due to our inability to secure lecture halls to accommodate the larger attendance for her study sessions, we will suspend / cancel Natalie's Monday and Wednesday evening sessions for the remainder of the fall 2015 semester.

ATTENTION ECON 102 Students with Dr. Brown:  Beginning on September 15th Sarah's (GSG Leader) Tuesday sessions will be changed from 6:00-7:00pm (010 Life Sci) to Tuesday afternoons from 3:35-4:35pm in 220 Willard.

ATTENTION ECON 104 Students:  Beginning on Sunday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 3rd Rosemary's (GSG Leader) sessions are relocated to different classrooms.  Please click on the "Full GSG Course Schedule" below and to the left to view her times and locations.

ATTENTION MATH 110 Students:  Beginning on Thursday, September 17th Jeff's (GSG Leader) Thursday sessions will be changed from 4:15-5:15pm (116 Osmond) to Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm in 205 Ferguson.

ATTENTION MATH 110 Students:  Beginning Sunday, November 15th, Cassandra (new GSG Leader) will host three weekly study sessions.  Please refer to the full GSG schedule for her times and locations.  Important Note:  Cassandra attends Dr. LIttle's lectures.  However, If you are enrolled in Dr. Hager's lectures, you are also welcome to participate in Cassandra's sessions.

ATTENTION PHIL 012 Students:  Beginning on Wednesday, November 18th Joshua (new GSG leader) will host weekly study sessions for the remainder of the semester from 6:00-7:30pm in 311 Boucke.  Important Note:  Helen's Monday evening GSG session will no longer be offered after November 16th.

ATTENTION PHYS 212L Students:  Beginning on September 17th Sydney's (GSG Leader) Thursday sessions will be changed from 4:15-5:30pm (203 Sackett) to Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm in 106 Osmond.  

ATTENTION STAT 200 Students with Dr. Lord:  Beginning on September 21st Yongyang's (GSG leader) Monday session will be changed  from 2:30-3:20pm (005 Life Sci) to Mondays 6:00-7:00pm in 011 Life Sci.

GSG EXAM REVIEWS:  Please click on the Study Group "by subject" link to view dates, times and locations for upcoming reviews.

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)