Study Groups

Study Groups offer an opportunity to study collaboratively with classmates under the guidance of an upper-level undergraduate leader who did well in the same course in an earlier semester. Study Group Leaders (SGLs) are trained to address both course content questions and questions about effective study habits so that students can holistically prepare for their course work and exams in a friendly, low-stress environment. Just like more informal study group arrangements, the name “Study Group” is meant to imply regular attendance and a commitment to your peers’ success as well as your own; together, you can all be ever better.

Study Group Benefits

Scientific data about learning, some from right here at the University of Rochester, show that most people learn better when they study in groups, regardless of how well they are already doing in their coursework. If you are struggling with the course material, commiserating with your peers and getting targeted help from SGLs can give you a boost in positivity and resolve. If you are handling the course material well, you can deepen your understanding by working with others and maybe even reveal and address some misconceptions you would not have realized on your own.

Study Schedule

Study Groups meet weekly over the duration of the semester for 75 minutes each week. SGLs typically start hosting their sessions in the third week of the semester and wrap up on the last day of classes. The complete Study Group schedule is finalized and posted below during the first weeks of each new semester.

Joining a Group

You can sign up for Study Groups through the course Blackboard page under “My Organizations.” Study Groups are completely optional and have no point-based impact on your grade in the course if you do not attend. However, if you frequently sign up but do not attend, SGLs have the discretion to remove you from the sign up to make space for others, as space is limited.

Resources for Unlisted Courses

If you are taking a course you feel would benefit from having an accompanying Study Group, please contact Kyle Trenshaw so that he can look into recruiting a new SGL for the course. In lieu of a study group, The Learning Center offers several other resources for students looking to improve their study habits and academic performance in general. Check out our tutoring and academic success coaching pages for more information.

Become a Peer Leader

All open positions are listed on The Learning Center’s job openings page. Applications open for SGL positions at the end of every semester, and especially at the end of spring. Please consider applying if you:

  • took a course for which we currently offer Study Groups and did well, and/or
  • regularly attended one or more Study Groups in the past and improved your course grades as a result.

All undergraduate students interested in making a positive difference in their peers’ academic journeys are welcome!

Please check Blackboard for when your Study Group will begin.

Fall 2022 Study Group Schedule
(Weekly meeting times and locations will be added once the semester begins.)
ClassPeer LeaderWeekly Meeting TimeLocation
BCSC 110Katrina SchmierMonday 11 AM-12:15 PMDewey 1-160B
BCSC 111Katty (Michelle) Rojas MaciasWednesday 4-5:15 PMDewey 1-160A
BIOL 110Aashee BudhwaniMonday 5-6:15 PMGenesee 309
BIOL 190Lily NeugebauerFriday 11 AM-12:15 PMGenesee 321
BIOL 198Lily NeugebauerFriday 1-2:15 PMMeliora 206
BIOL 204Louise ZieglerFriday 4:50-6:05 PMDewey 1-160A
CHE 150Julia KubesWednesday 7-8:15 PMRush Rhees 304E Computer Lab
CHEM 131Natasha VaccaThursday 6:30-7:45 PMB&L 269
CHEM 137Dominique HouslinMonday 12-1:15 PMDewey 1-160A
CHEM 203Miraz SadiThursday 3:45-5 PMHumanities Center Conference Room C
DSCC 262

Helena Winkler

Tuesday 7-8:15 PMWegmans 1201
ECON 108Van Khanh LeFriday 4:50-6:05 PMLattimore 413
ECON 207Le Minh Khue NguyenThursday 9:30-10:45 AMDouglass 403
ECON 209Fariha RaisaFriday 10-11:15 AMDewey 1-160N
ECON 231WYixuan ZhaoMonday 2-3:15 PMDewey 1-160B
FIN 205Hongxuan (Letitia) LiThursday 7:40-8:55 PMDewey 1-160B
MATH 141Nadia BazhenovFriday 5-6:15 PMGenesee 321
MATH 142My NguyenFriday 9-10:15 AMTBA
MATH 143My NguyenMonday 3:25-4:40 PMHumanities Center Conference Room A
MATH 150Dengxin HuangFriday 12:30-1:45 PMWegmans 1005
MATH 161Vision AryalTuesday 12:30-1:45 PMDewey 1-160B
MATH 162Xuan (Rose) WangThursday 5-6:15 PMDewey 1-160B
MATH 165Quoc Duy (John) NguyenFriday 2-3:15 PMDewey 1-160A
MATH 235Xuan (Rose) WangThursday 11 AM-12:15 PMDewey 1-160B
PHYS 114Quynh (Quinn) TrinhFriday 12:15-1:30 PMMorey 205
PSYC 101Katrina SchmierMonday 12:30-1:45 PMDewey 1-160B
PSYC 171Iva SavicSunday 9-10:15 AMGenesee 323

Study Groups Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for a Study Group?

You can sign up for Study Groups on Blackboard. You will automatically be enrolled in a Blackboard Organization if one of your courses has a Study Group during a particular semester, and you can access sign-ups through that Organization. Organizations show up on the right-hand side of the Blackboard interface on a laptop or desktop and near the bottom if scrolling through the mobile view.

What is the difference between Study Groups and the Study Zone?

Study Groups are course-specific collaborative study sessions led by a near-peer who recently completed the course.

The purpose of Study Groups is to provide an opportunity to connect with other students in your courses who are also motivated to study consistently each week. One the other hand, the Study Zone is a quiet study location in the Learning Center suite where near-peer leaders help students set studying goals and plan their path to achieving them through their individual study sessions. So, in summary:

  • Study Groups are collaborative, course-specific, and content-knowledge-focused.
  • The Study Zone is individual, generally applicable to any academic work, and study-skill-focused.

Any student can benefit from both resources in their coursework.

How many students are usually in a Study Group?

There can be anywhere from a single student to as many as 15 in any given Study Group session.

What if I want a Study Group for a course that does not have one?

If you are taking a course you feel would benefit from having an accompanying Study Group, please contact Kyle Trenshaw so that he can look into recruiting a new Study Group Leader for the course. In lieu of a Study Group, The Learning Center offers several other resources for students looking to improve their study habits and academic performance in general. Check out our Tutoring and Academic Success Coaching pages for more information.