Study Session

Study Session groups are currently offered virtual due to Kennedy Library closure. Please download the CP-LAN app from the Apple Store or Google Play to your iOS or Android device or use the Web Browser Interface portal to view the current study session schedule. From Week 1 to Week 3, study session groups are formed each quarter. Students can enroll at any point in a study session group until the Friday of Week 6. Please see Study Session Request for more details.

Program Description

The Study Session program at Cal Poly is an academic enrichment program whereby students ascend the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy utilizing varying learning modalities, implementing metacognitive strategies, and identifying what's right, wrong, missing, confusing, and what needs to change to promote forward movement in academic achievement.

Guided by trained Instructional Student Assistants, enrolled study session students dive deeper with the material, participate in discussions, examine notes, develop metacognitive learning strategies, and challenge their understanding of the material by collaborating in a peer-to-peer environment. The result is students walking away with a fresh and new perspective of content knowledge, whereby they can further build upon it through their academic journey at Cal Poly.

The Study Session program is committed to providing a supportive, non-lecture, collaborative group learning environment in STEM subjects, whereby students of all learning styles engage in thriving in their classes.

Target Courses

  • Biology 111, 150, 161, 162
  • CE 204, 207
  • Chemistry 110, 124, 125, 127, 128, 129, 216, 312
  • CPE 101, 202, 203
  • Math 116, 117, 118, 119, 141, 142, 143, 161, 162, 221, 241, 244
  • ME 211, 212
  • Physics 121, 122, 141, 142, 143
  • Statistics 217, 218, 251, 252

Study Session's Mission

  • Offer small peer-to-peer collaborative groups in a 60-minute, bi-weekly format.
  • Implement metacognative strategies to identify effective ways of learning.
  • Provide students an environment to interact and engage with each other on subject-based material in a collaborative format.
  • Serve as a non-remedial approach to learning.
  • Adhere to UMKC Supplemental Instruction guidelines.
  • Utilize and implement VARK principles.

General Information

  • The CP-LAN app or Web Borwser Interface Portal are the official student center for the Study Session program. All information about attending sessions (virtual), submitting/modifying availability, and/or viewing established study session groups will be administered through the app.
  • Groups of 8-20 students meet twice weekly for 50 minutes. 
  • Students receive help with homework problems in addition to receiving supplemental instruction. 
  • The group meets weeks 1-10 of the quarter (no finals week meetings). 
  • No new groups are formed past week 3 in a quarter.
  • Students can enroll in a study session group up till the Friday of week 6 in the quarter. After that period, enrollment in a study session group is closed.
  • Leaders have previously taken courses at Cal Poly with great success. 
  • Students are expected to attend each session to maximize their potential in the subject. 
  • Students may drop out at any time. 
  • If a student is “Wait-Listed” for a class, they cannot submit a study session request. Students must first be enrolled in the course before a request can be submitted and accepted. 


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