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GSG Information for Faculty and Advisors


We hope you had a successful spring semester! The fall schedule will be listed by Monday, August 24th and GSG sessions will begin August 26th.

Summer GSG Sessions conducted via zoom:

Chem 112 - Fridays 3:00-4:00pm - refer to course resources on your canvas page for the link.

Sessions for PHYS 211, 212, 213, 214, and 250 will begin the week of June 15th.  See the full GSG schedule under Additional Information for days and times on the GSG landing page. 


GSG Employment - FALL 2020

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Guided Study Group leader! Vacant positions are Chem 110, Chem 210, Econ 102, Econ 104, Math 34, 140, 141, 140E, 200/201, Phys 211, 212, 250, Stat 200, and 250. Refer to the Undergraduate Guided Study Group Leader job posting in the Penn State Jobs website to apply. For additional information contact



Guided Study Groups (GSGs) are based on a nationally recognized collaborative learning model (Supplemental Instruction – SI) designed to support students in what many may refer to as “challenging” or “historically difficult” large lecture courses.  Undergraduate student leaders, who have previously taken and met success in one of these courses, are trained to facilitate two or three free study sessions each week throughout the semester. 

Regularly scheduled small and large group study sessions are offered to all students enrolled in the GSG supported course.  Whether students have one question or simply want to keep up with the material from week to week, they will work with their peers to think more critically about course material, class lectures, online content, etc.  They will learn to question themselves and others in discovering the unknowns and solutions of the subject matter.  They will work together to better understand key concepts, learn and build upon foundational knowledge as they learn to integrate newer and more complex knowledge.  The GSG sessions are also designed to help students with their study skills and quiz and exam preparation. 

GSGs are not for everyone, nor are they recommended for every course.  They are not a subsitute for attending class lecures.  GSGs best serve students who come prepared with questions and are willing and active participants throughout the semester.  Our data, as well as national data on the SI model that we use, show that students who attend regularly (three or more times) and participate over the course of the semester earn higher grades than those who do not attend at all or attend less often (i.e., one time prior to an exam).

If you or members of your department are interested in learning more about GSG and how this program can support students in your course, please contact the Scholar in Residence of Learning Communities at 814-863-6313 or

Important Note:  GSGs are provided at no charge to students.  We partner with several academic units across campus to support our initiatives.  Our program is designed to encourage students to take responsibility and ownership of their learning.