What should I expect?
After selecting a day and time that works for you, find your peers and session leader at the assigned location. Get the most out of your time by reading your text and working on homework or other assignments prior to your session time.
In the sessions: Question, collaborate, have fun!
Review key materials with your leader
Actively work with your peers in pairs or small groups
Participate in a safe and open environment to discuss knowns and unknowns. Remember: There are no dumb questions!
Get to know your peers and have some fun!
Who are my leaders and what do they do?
Leaders are undergraduate students who have taken the course before and have met academic success.
Leaders attend your course lectures to better understand the material and your experience
Your leader is here to help you and your peers with anything from one question to weekly review meetings
Get to know your leaders here
NOTE: GSG leaders are not TAs. Continue to visit your TA’s and faculty office hours and department resource rooms for additional assistance.
What if the leader doesn’t attend my lecture time?
Due to the high enrollment and number of sections for several first-year courses, there may not be a leader for every course section. If you do not see a leader’s name associated with your course, don’t give up! You are still welcome to participate in any and all Guided Study Groups to ask any questions you may have. If course material and exams differ significantly from other sections, attending a session may not be the best fit for you. In this case, contact your specific course TA, faculty, or departmental resources to work directly with them.
Why should I come to sessions?
Regular sessions attendance is the best way to promote a structured study schedule and a positive academic experience!
An opportunity to focus on your course and stay on task
Practice in articulating your thoughts and formulating questions
A chance to review and prepare for quizzes and exams
Research shows that students who regularly attend sessions are likely to have higher grades than those who do not
Engagement in a fun and structured learning environment with classmates who share your goals!
Is my faculty member notified about my participation?
No, faculty members will not be notified about your participation. Penn State Learning uses session sign-in sheets to track participation and prepare for fluctuating attendance, but we will never share attendance records with faculty. However, you may always share your participation with your faculty member personally!
Do I receive extra credit for attending GSGs?
Your participation in the Guided Study Groups is purely voluntary. It is up to you to take ownership of your learning by taking advantage of the wonderful academic support services offered! Therefore, extra credit is not provided.
What if I am in a World Campus or Continuing Education course?
GSGs are currently offered for high-enrollment, primarily first year residential courses (some courses are also available to upperclassmen). Some other types of group arrangements are in place to support World Campus courses in math and statistics. Visit our "Tutoring" tab to view services and schedules for these courses.