Study Groups

Online Study Groups for Fall 2020

The Learning Centers offer FREE study groups through the Learning Assistant (LA) Program and occur Tuesday, September 15 - Thursday, December 10. This semester, all study groups take place online and meet once a week for 80 minutes.

Study groups are non-credit (they do not appear on your transcript) and students should plan to attend every week (two absences are allowed; after that, students are at risk for being removed from the study group to be fair to students on our waitlists). After the registration period ends, you must email the Program Coordinator to request to join a waitlist. (Please include your name, the course name and code, the study group(s) that fit your schedule, your netID, and your RUID, in this email.)

To view the study group schedule and register, please click here to go to the Learning Centers Study Group Registration website. Students must be enrolled in a course in order to join the study group if it is offered. 

List of Fall 2020 Courses Offering Study Groups*
  • 115:403 - General Biochemistry
  • 146:356 - Systems Physiology
  • 155:303 - Transport Phenomena I in Chemical Engineering
  • 155:307 - Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering
  • 155:309 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
  • 160:165 - Extended General Chemistry
  • 198:111 - Introduction to Computer Science
  • 540:343 - Engineering Economics
  • 640:300 - Introduction to Math Reasoning (study group reserved for female-identifying students only)
  • 615:451 - Phonetics
  • 750:115 - Extended Analytical Physics
  • 750:193 - Physics for the Sciences 
  • 830:340 - Abnormal Psychology

*Study group times are subject to change. 

The Learning Centers are partnering with Penji to provide a simple mobile experience for connecting with Learning Assistants (they will be labeled as tutors on the Penji). All Fall 2020 study group sessions will take place online through Penji using Zoom. In order to join your study group after registering through the Study Group Registration Website, you will need to create a Penji account. Download Penji on iOS and Android to use on your mobile phone, or use the web version. For instructions on how to create an account with Penji and claim your study group, click here.

Questions? Please email the LA Program staff at learningassistants@echo.rutgers.edu.

Study Group Model:

  • Study group leaders review course material with students and integrate study strategies—note taking, problem solving, and test preparation—that link course content with cognitive skill development.
  • Study group leaders are trained and supervised Rutgers students selected by the course professor; study group leaders are not course instructors and are present only to facilitate a study session.

Study Group Participants:

  • earn higher average final course grades than if they simply studied alone
  • are more actively involved in the course
  • have a better understanding of course material
  • acquire effective learning strategies
  • earn higher grades in the course than students in the same course who do not attend the study group sessions.

Interested in Starting a Study Group On Your Own? 

Fall 2020 Update: Rutgers University has transitioned to only remote instruction which also applies to study groups. Students can form their own study groups online through video conferencing programs such as Big Blue Button on a Canvas or Sakai page, Zoom, or Webex. Please email learningassistants@echo.rutgers.edu or use our Student Request Form to request support and training in forming your group.

Find out more about how you can effectively create and manage a study group using our Study Group Guide