join our team

Guided Study Groups @ Penn State Learning is made possible through the commitment and cooperation of our student leaders. Consider becoming a GSG leader! 

Our tutors are undergraduates who have successfully completed a GSG course in economics, math, statistics, or the sciences, and who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with other students.  

Student leaders will: 

  • Attend course lectures to review and remain current with material  

  • Facilitate two to three weekly study sessions throughout the semester 

  • Ensure a meaningful out-of-class learning experience by being patient, encouraging, and supportive with every student   

Our Training Approach

You are required to take a one-credit course (C I 200) that will familiarize you with the needs of your students and allow you to provide a successful learning environment.  

 Peer Tutoring (C I 200) will prepare you to: 

  • Set up and organize a tutoring session 

  • Facilitate both individual and group tutoring 

  • Understand students’ unique learning preferences  

  • Communicate cross-culturally with your students 

  • Promote the importance of study skills 

Additional course information for C I 200 is available upon request. You are not required to take the course if you have already taken SC 220. 

Available Positions

Interested in joining our team as a GSG leader? 

Positions are currently available for Fall 2024 in the following courses:  

CHEM 110 & CHEM 210

ECON 102 & ECON 104

MATH 110, MATH 140B/141B & MATH 141

MATH 200 & MATH 201

PHYS 211 & PHYS 250

Stat 200 & 250  

Read below to find out more about the position.

Candidates must: 

  • Have completed the course they wish to conduct guided study group sessions for with a grade of a B+ or above 

  • Be available to attend all course-related lectures (e.g., MWF 10:10am), facilitate two to three study sessions per week; host exam reviews 

  • Enjoy working with peers on understanding and applying course concepts; possess strong communication skills pennstatelearning.psu.edu 

  • Have the ability and desire to work openly and constructively with supervisors; be willing to adhere to program procedures 

  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at University Park. 

  • Prior tutor/LA training and experience are a plus but are not required. Those without prior training or experience will need to complete the CI 200 peer tutoring course (1-credit) during their first semester as a GSG leader. 

Federal Work Study recipients are encouraged to apply. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis and reviewed as openings become available.  

To apply, submit a cover letter indicating the course(s) you would like to support, resume, and recent transcript to the job posting: JOB POSTING FA24 Undergraduate Guided Study Group Leader. For more information about Penn State Learning, please visit our site or direct questions to Dr. Brendaly Drayton at bed156@psu.edu.

What our leaders have to say about working with GSG: 

“Getting to interact with students and professors has been incredible the past two years. I am so happy that I am a part of this group!” (Math Leader, Amanda Cicero) 

“I’m so grateful to have had the chance to work for Penn State Learning and grow my skills an confidence through leading GSGs” (Phys Leader, Mardy Sarnoff) 

“Being a GSG leader helps to shape you in a way that you probably never thought...develop your critical thinking and improve your communication skills among other things...Students do appreciate the effort” (Phys Leader, Monica Fernanda Vazquez Diaz)