Midquarter Mentored Study Groups
Midquarter Mentored Study Groups (MMSGs) are peer-led groups of students who are proactively taking steps to strengthen their learning in challenging courses, while also offering valuable support to one another. MMSG is a community-oriented experience, designed to support students' learning through small-group connection, comfortable environments, and tailored content. Students who have been invited to participate based on faculty referral will receive priority for registration.
Meet a few of the MMSG peer leaders!
How does MMSG work?
Small groups of 4–6 students come together weekly beginning in weeks 3–4 of the quarter, with a trained peer leader, to ask questions, review material, and share strategies for success in the course. The peer leader is another student who has done well in the course, and who has received training on mentoring others through challenging STEM coursework. In the two-hour meetings, students talk through key concepts from the course; ask questions on points of confusion and help answer one another’s questions; work through practice problems or exercises together; and discuss strategies for effective studying, time management, and other key facets of the course experience. Participants also have access to personalized consultations and additional optional workshops. We require weekly attendance so that students can get the most out of the program, with flexibility for illness or special circumstances.
When and where do meetings take place?
MMSG groups meet at various times throughout the week, typically on weekday evenings or weekends. Schedules are available each quarter. Meetings take place in classrooms or meeting rooms in residence halls.
Who are the group leaders?
All groups are led by fellow undergraduates, who are selected based on both knowledge of the course materials and desire to help others learn and succeed in difficult Northwestern courses. All peer leaders receive training through ASLA. Most participants find that working with peer leaders adds to the "comfort factor" through a sense of camaraderie, making it easier to venture ideas, make mistakes, and learn. Meet some of the MMSG peer leaders!
What is an MMSG session like?
MMSG sessions are two hours (with a break), and typically include some review of concepts from the previous week, time for discussion of specific student questions, and collaborative problem-solving. They also feature
- Idea-sharing around the best approaches to particular courses
- Mutual support and understanding of the experience of feeling challenged in a course
- Intellectual humility: the understanding that we're all here to learn and improve
Which courses does MMSG serve?
- Chem 110, 131, 132 (Fundamentals of Chemistry)
- Chem 215-1, 215-2 (Organic Chemistry)
- Gen Eng 205-1 (Engineering Analysis 1)
- Gen Eng 205-2 (Engineering Analysis 2)
- Econ 201 (Intro to Macroeconomics)
- Econ 202 (Intro to Microeconomics)
- Econ 310-1, 2 (Microeconomics)
- Math 220-1 (Single-Variable Differential Calculus)
- Math 220-2 (Single-Variable IntegralCalculus)
- Math 230-1 (Multivariable Differential Calculus)
- Bio Sci 201 (Molecular Biology)