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

FALL 2015

Guided Study Group (GSG) sessions will begin during the week of September 8th (after the Labor Day holiday weekend). Listen to in-class announcements and revisit this web site for the GSG semester schedule.  Sessions are free and are available each week.  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):

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 period. 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 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.

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

CHEM 210 - Sunday, Nov. 15th - Natalie (GSG leader) will facilitate an exam review from 3:00-6:00pm in 102 Forum.

Tutorial assistance for the courses below can be obtained by participating in Guided Study Groups (GSG) during the fall and spring semesters.  GSG sessions are free and are led two to three times a week by an undergraduate peer leader, who has previously met success in the course.  Click on the "Study Groups" tab for detailed information.

BIOL 110 - Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity (4)
A study of the evolution of the major groups of organisms including the fundamental concepts of biology.

CHEM 110 - Chemical Principles I (3)
Basic concepts and quantitative relations.

CHEM 112 - Chemical Principles II (3)  
Continuation of CHEM 110, including an introduction to the chemistry of elements.  [NOTE:  GSG for this course will not offered for Fall '14.]

CHEM 210 - Organic Chemistry I (3)
Bonding theories for organic molecules; stereochemistry and conformational analysis; reactions (and mechanisms) of alkyl halides, alkenes, alkynes, aromatics, alcohols, and ethers), organic reaction mechanisms focusing on electrophiles and nucleophiles, and aromaticity.  

PHYS 211L - General Physics: Mechanics (0)  
Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of mechanics: motion, force, Newton's laws, energy, collisions, and rotation.  

PHYS 212L - General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (0)
Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism.  

PHYS 250L  - Introductory Physics I (0) 
Selected topics in mechanics, heat, and sound.

PHYS 251L  - Introductory Physics II (0) 
Selected topics in light, electricity, and magnetism.

Learning Assistance Resources for Science and Engineering Students

Many colleges at Penn State provide advising and tutoring resources locally for students who take their courses. Some departments also provide private tutor lists. So if you do not find exactly what you need, please ask your classmates and instructors if they know how you can find available tutors.

Here are some links to college-based academic assistance resources.

Contact Information:

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 Address:  212B Boucke
814-865-2017 or
814-865-1841 (Student Receptionist – 220 Boucke Building)


Subject Sessions

CoursesDay/TimeLocationTutor/LeaderAvailable From
CHEM 210Sun 3:00pm-5:00pm102 ForumNatalie Morrissey10/11/2015 to 12/6/2015
BIOL 110Sun, Tue 6:00pm-7:30pm109 BouckeKyle Hilliard10/11/2015 to 12/8/2015
CHEM 112Sun 6:00pm-7:00pm106 BouckeErhan Tu9/13/2015 to 12/6/2015
PHYS 250LSun 6:00pm-7:30pm216 BouckeChris Pomerleau9/13/2015 to 12/6/2015
PHYS 251LSun 6:30pm-8:00pm307 BouckeAdrian Readmond-Mietus9/9/2015 to 12/9/2015
PHYS 211LSun 7:00pm-8:30pm013 Life ScienceYingYing Zheng9/13/2015 to 12/6/2015
CHEM 112Mon 6:00pm-7:00pm216 BouckeErhan Tu9/14/2015 to 12/7/2015
CHEM 110Mon 6:30pm-8:00pm109 OsmondJacob McLaughlin9/14/2015 to 12/7/2015
CHEM 110Tue, Thu 6:00pm-7:30pm216 BouckeShaurya Rastogi9/8/2015 to 12/10/2015
PHYS 212LTue 7:00pm-8:30pm011 Life SciSydney Marks9/8/2015 to 12/8/2015
PHYS 251LWed 3:35pm-5:00pm103 OsmondAdrian Readmond-Mietus9/9/2015 to 12/9/2015
CHEM 110Wed 6:30pm-8:00pm216 BouckeJacob McLaughlin9/9/2015 to 12/9/2015
CHEM 112Thu 4:15pm-5:15pm110 OsmondErhan Tu9/10/2015 to 12/10/2015
BIOL 110Thu 6:00pm-7:00pm312 BouckeKyle Hilliard9/10/2015 to 12/10/2015
PHYS 250LThu 6:30pm-8:00pm005 Life SciChris Pomerleau9/10/2015 to 12/10/2015
PHYS 211LThu 7:00pm-8:30pm011 Life ScienceYingYing Zheng9/10/2015 to 12/10/2015
PHYS 212LThu 7:00pm-8:30pm106 OsmondSydney Marks9/17/2015 to 12/10/2015