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How can Study Groups help me?

Study groups are learning opportunities designed to support students who are enrolled in challenging courses. The study groups are led by either a peer or a professional tutor, trained in offering collaborative learning strategies to encourage student-to-student interactions. Study groups are scheduled for set times and locations throughout the semester. You are welcome to come and go from the sessions because attendance is voluntary.

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 office hours.


What Study Groups are available?

Spring 2014

Class Day Time Location
BIOL 129 Lab  Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sci Tech 115
BIOL 129 Lab Friday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sci Tech 115
CHEM 110 Tuesday and Thursday  2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. GSB 101
PT 384 Friday 9:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Sci Tech 306


How can I start my own study group?

The Academic Support Center staff would be glad to assist you in organizing a study group and providing a study group leader if one is available. Contact the ASC Director, Kendra Wolgast, for more information: kmw24@psu.edu.



What is Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)?

PASS Sessions are a proactive approach to learning where students are given the opportunity to work together in a small group setting to academically support their efforts in particularly difficult courses. By attending PASS, students learn effective study skills, make efficient use of study time, and are provided with an opportunity to develop relationships with other students and staff.


PEER-assisted Study Sessions are... Peer-facilitated


The PASS leader neither lectures nor introduces new material. Instead, the PASS leader's responsibility is to organize and add structure to the sessions. The responsibility for processing class material and answering questions generated by the students remains with the students. The primary function of the PASS leader is to facilitate discussion among participants and model successful learning strategies at key moments in the session.

Who are PASS Leaders?

PASS leaders are students who have taken the course before and have met academic success. PASS leaders attend the lab course with you. This gives them insight into what you are currently studying and allows them to experience the class just as you do. Whether you have one question, or simply want to keep up with the material from week to week, you and your peers will work and think through things together.


Brian Clouse

Biology 129 & PT 384

Brian Clouse, bmc5378@psu.edu

CRLA - Level II Advanced Certified Tutor

Courses: BIOL 129, PT 384


Biology 129

Sabrina Harbugh, svh5367@psu.edu

Courses: BIOL 129




Want to become a PASS Leader?

All interested individuals must complete and return the below forms to the Academic Support Center Director, Kendra Wolgast, in the General Studies Building, room 102a.

PASS Leader Intent to Apply

PASS Leader Faculty Recommendation