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Undergraduate Students

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 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 Study Group leaders 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 one hour each week. Study Group leaders 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 “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, Study Group leaders 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 Study Group leader for the course. In lieu of a Study Group, CETL offers several other resources for students looking to improve their study habits and academic performance in general. Check out our Tutoring and Study Skills Consulting pages for more information.

Become a Peer Leader

All open positions are listed on CETL’s jobs page. Applications open for Study Group leader positions at the end of every semester, and especially at the end of spring. If you a) took a course for which we currently offer Study Groups and did well or b) regularly attended one or more Study Groups in the past and improved your course grades as a result, please consider applying. All undergraduate students interested in making a positive difference in their peers’ academic journeys are welcome!

Spring 2020 Study Group Schedule:
Please check Blackboard for when your Study Group will begin.


Peer Leader

Weekly Meeting Time


BIO 113L 

Denes SzekeresMonday 7pm-8pmGenesee 309

BIO 250L

Denes SzekeresWednesday 7pm-8pmGenesee 309

CHM 132

Abdo SharafFriday 8pm-9pmCarlson 310

CHM 132

Jialong WangWednesday 6:30pm-7:30pm
Carlson 310

CHM 204

Arsalan FarooqiTuesday 6:30pm-7:30pmDewey 1-160B

CHM 204

Yvonne LiuFriday 1pm-2pmDewey 1-160A

CSC 161

Gilbert GiriMonday 4pm-5pmHumanities Center Room A (209)

CSC 171

Tina PhamWednesday 3:30pm-4:30pmDewey 1-160B

ECO 207

Jessie PhanThursday 1pm-2pmGenesee 308

ECO 231W

John MantusFriday 4pm-5pmGenesee 323

MTH 141

Aya AbdelrahmanThursday 6pm-7pmDewey 1-160B

MTH 142

Greg MichajlyszynFriday 5:50pm-6:50pmGenesee 323

MTH 161

Kim Llajaruna PeraltaFriday 3pm-4pmDewey 1-160A

MTH 162

Will SealanderTuesday 1:30am-2:30pmGenesee 308

MTH 164

Will SealanderTuesday 7:45pm-8:45pmMeliora 205

MTH 165

Greg MichajlyszynFriday 7pm-8pmGenesee 323

MTH 165

Ziyi YouFriday 11am-12pmHumanities Center Room A (209)

PHY 121

Abdo SharafThursday 8pm-9pmCarlson 310