Group Study Sessions

Group Study Sessions (GSS) are led by one or two upperclass cadets who earned a B or better in the course at VMI. The leaders work with a faculty member who does not attend the session but does serve as a resource and support by communicating with the leaders after each session to review what was covered, help with any questions the leaders have, etc. The sessions are free and no registration is necessary.


PY 120 & 160
MH 312
BI 101
MBH 314
EC 202
SS 213
EC 201
SS 213
EC 300+
SS 219
GR 316
SS 217
FR 101 & 201
SS 112
PS 201
  AR 101 & 201
SS 310
HI 103+
SS 510
CH 131 & 137
MBH 203
    SP 101 & 201
SS 319
    CH 101
SS 316
    HI 200+
SS 538
    BI 103
MBH 216

The MAC also offers a variation of the original format called “GSS+” which involves faculty in a more substantive way to provide an enhanced experience for participants. A faculty member from the department serves as a mentor to the cadet leaders, attends each weekly session, and assists the cadet leaders in planning the session. In recognition of the time commitment, compensation for faculty serving in this role is available. Any faculty member interested in learning more about this new program is asked to contact LTC Elaine Humphrey ( or ext.7602).  

The Miller Academic Center is currently seeking GSS Cadet Leaders for Fall 2014 in the following courses:

SP-102 & 202                              CH-131 & 137 
FR-102 & 202                                              

The GSS team consists of two cadet leaders, one faculty member, and a MAC staff person.  The faculty member and MAC staff will not attend the GSS, but rather serve as a reference for the GSS Leaders.

GSS Cadet Leaders’ responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the Group Study Session discussion and activities related to material for specific course,
  • Acquire from the faculty member a copy of the current syllabus and any other relevant materials or information,
  • Be prepared and provide support to attending cadets that is in keeping with the faculty’s instructions so as not to commit any Honor Code violation,
  • Model effective student behavior and share study strategies to enhance cadets’ academic performance for that course,
  • Know when and how to refer any cadets to post resources for additional assistance and support,
  • Attend every weekly GSS unless absence is approved by MAC staff,
  • Take attendance of each session  by recording the name and email address of all cadets present,
  • Email the Miller Academic Center within 24 hours after each GSS with the attendance and summary information,
  • Participate in any assessment of the program by the MAC in a timely manner,
  • Notify the Miller Academic Center as soon as possible about any inability to meet with the GSS for that week so participating cadets can be notified accordingly, and
  • Attend MAC Cadet Assistant and FERPA training.


  • At least a 2.5 overall Grade Point Average (GPA),
  • Earned a “B” or better in the GSS course at VMI,
  • Name and contact information of two academic references
    • At least one VMI faculty member from the GSS department must serve in this capacity
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.

Anyone serving in this role can either do so voluntarily or as a Cadet Assistant with compensation of $10.00 an hour. GSS Leaders will be compensated for their training time. Completion of appropriate paperwork with Human Resources and the Miller Academic Center is required. 

 If interested and qualified, please email the following information to the Miller Academic Center ( 


 Name and contact information of two professional reference

    At least one of the references should be a faculty member from the GSS department 

1.  _______________________________ 

2.  _______________________________ 

 Why do you want to serve in this leadership position? 

 What skills, experiences, etc. would you bring to this position?  

 Faculty and staff are asked to talk to cadets whom they consider strong candidates for this position and encourage them to apply!