Study Groups

Update regarding remote instruction for Spring 2020: 

Online study groups begin on Monday, March 23rd during their scheduled times.

The Learning Centers will be using Canvas and Big Blue Button for online study groups, which are offered through our Learning Assistant (LA) Program. If you are registered for a study group, you will be invited in advance to join a Canvas page through which you can access Big Blue Button for your online study group sessions.

To participate in the online study groups, you will need:

  1. To be registered for a study group. If you are currently not registered for a study group, you can register for one here: (If you were already registered for a study group before the switch to online instruction, you need NOT register again.)
  2. To accept the invitation to the Canvas site specifically for the online study group sessions (all Canvas sites will be labeled as "[Course Name] Online Study Groups"). Students registered for study groups will receive an invitation for this from the LA Program.
  3. A laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and microphone
  4. It is best to have Adobe Flash and Java installed on your computer to access screen sharing.

Questions? Please email the LA Program staff at

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.

Learning Center Study Groups

Join a free study group this semester! You can visit the online registration site to sign up or view groups meeting times. Study group registration begins around the first week of classes and study group sessions start the third week of the semester (with the exception of study groups in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and Extended Analytical Physics courses, which start during the second week). You must be currently registered in the course to enroll through this system.

Study groups are non-credit (they do not appear on your transcript) and meet once a week for 80 minutes each. However, attendance is still mandatory, with only two absences allowed. 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.)

The courses below are scheduled to have study groups. Please note the schedule is tentative and all study group times and locations are subject to change.

List of Spring 2020 Courses Offering Study Groups
  • Abnormal Psychology (01:830:340)
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (01:615:391)
  • Biological Foundations of Chemical Engineering (14:155:210)
  • Biomedical Engineering Kinetics & Thermodynamics (14:125:306)
  • Calculus (01:640:135, 151)
  • Chemical Engineering Kinetics (14:155:341)
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I (14:155:208)
  • Design Separation Processes (14:155:324)
  • Engineering Probability (14:540:210)
  • Extended Analytical Physics (01:750:116)
  • General Biochemistry (11:115:404)
  • General Chemistry for Engineers (01:160:160)
  • General Microbiology (11:680:390)
  • Intro to Computer Science (01:198:111)
  • Introductory Biochemistry (11:115:301)
  • Organic Chemistry (01:160:307)
  • Physics for the Sciences (01:750:194)
  • PreCalculus (01:640:111, 112, 115)
  • Systems Physiology (01:146:356)
  • Transport Phenomena in Chemical Engineering II (14:155:304)

Interested in Starting a Study Group On Your Own? 

Spring 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 or Webex. Please email 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

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