Peer Facilitated Study Groups (FSGs)

FSG Background and Contact Information

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Since 2003, the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre has offered Peer Facilitated Study Groups, in collaboration with faculty and students, with the purpose of enhancing the student learning experience at UTM. The first of their kind at the University of Toronto, the Peer Facilitated Study Groups are based on the Supplemental Instruction model developed by the University of Missouri at Kansas City. The study groups give students the opportunity to study discipline-related material in an organized, regularly-scheduled format. The study groups practice skills such as:

- comparing and reviewing study notes;

- discussing and clarifying concepts with peers;

- developing and evaluating study strategies;

- preparing for tests and exams.

Each group is kept focused in its study by a Peer Facilitator, a “model” student. Unlike Teaching Assistants, Peer Facilitators do not re-teach the course material, and they will not look at course homework or assignments. The Peer Facilitator’s goal is to help students structure and prioritize their study routine, so that they can get the most out of their study material.

Research has shown that students who regularly use these study groups are not only able to process their study material two to three times faster than students who study alone, but they also often earn higher final course marks than students who do not attend. Any student is free to join any study group in courses connected to the Peer Facilitated Study Group program, and they may attend as often as they want.

The Peer Facilitated Study Group Program also provides senior students with an experiential learning opportunity to gain experience in facilitating discipline-related study sessions, as well as developing advanced academic skills within their discipline. The program features many opportunities to record the value of your Facilitator experience through a portfolio of your study group activities that you could then use to build your resume.

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