Study Groups

Announcements

NOTICE: Guided Study Groups will not meet Sunday, November 19 through Sunday, November 26 due to Thanksgiving. GSG's resume Monday, November 27.

Click here for the GSG session schedule.  Also, 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 Upcoming Exam Reviews:

GSG Employment - Spring 2018

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Guided Study Groups leader! We currently have openings for GSG leaders for the following courses: STAT 250, MATH 034, MATH 140, MATH 141, ECON 102 (Kagundu). If you would like to submit an application for one of these positions, please do so by visiting https://psu.jobs and searching for job #75612. Please also email Emily Hobbs, GSG Program Coordinator, at esh165@psu.edu to express your interest.

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
Scholar in Residence- Learning Communities
Office Location:  212A Boucke
814-863-6313 or bed156@psu.edu

Emily Hobbs

Co-Curricular Programs Coordinator

212B Boucke

814-863-6779 or esh165@psu.edu