Study Groups


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.

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 (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.

GSG Staff

Dr. Brendaly Drayton
Scholar in Residence-Learning Communities
Office Location:  212A Boucke
814-863-6313 or