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Virginia Military Institute
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Lexington, VA  24450

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Group Study Sessions - Spring 2016

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.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

HI-200+
  Taft-Davis Library
DTT

BI-102+ 
MBH 314
 2000-2100
CHI-202+
SS 420
 1945-2145
EC-201 & 202 
SS 319
2000-2100

PY-121 & 161
MH 312
2000-2100

SP-102 & 202 
SS 110
2030-2130
HI-104+
SS 510
2000-2100
CH-132, 137, & 138
MA 208
2000-2100

CE-206
NEB 434
2000-2100

AR-102 & 202
SS 401
2130-2230
CH-224
MA 208
2000-2100
BI-104
MA 202
2000-2100

CIS-112
MH 314
2000-2100

BU-339
SS 328
2000-2100 
PE-380
MA 202
2000-2100
ME-110
NEB 303
2100-2200
  ME-311
NEB 420
2100-2200

CE-333+
NEB 441 & NEB 434
2100-2200

 
   

EC-304
Starts 2.24.16

 

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 MAJ Tabitha Coates(coatestk@vmi.edu or ext.7771).  

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.

Requirements:

  • 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 Miller Academic Center (mac@vmi.edu).