MSI Study Groups (MSG)

To find out what courses are supported with MSI and MSI Study Groups, click the Supported Classes button below. To sign up for MSI or MSI Study Groups, click the Tutor Trac button Below.


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MSI Study Groups (MSG)

msg-program-iconWhat are MSI Study Groups? 

MSI Study Groups are additional tutoring sessions for classes where students enjoy a little extra support. In MSI Study Groups you get to schedule a regular time to meet with a small group and help keep you on track (no more procrastination!). MSI study groups have a max capacity of 6 students so students get more personalized practice time than in the bigger MSI sessions. 

MSI Study Groups are led by undergraduate students (Study Group Leaders) who took the class and did well in it. Study Group leaders plan sessions that are personalized to you and your groupmates. The Study Group Leader gets to know who you are, how you learn, what you know really well, and where you need a little more support! 

MSI Study Groups have a weekly commitment (you have to sign-up on TutorTrac). Students can only attend 2 MSI Study Groups per week. Not all MSI supported classes have Study Groups. Classes where students enjoy a little extra support have study groups in addition to MSI sessions.


How do I go to MSI Study Groups? 

Students can see if their MSI supported class has MSI Study Groups here. Students can also view MSI Study Group sessions on TutorTrac, LSS’ scheduling and sign-up system, and can sign-up for sessions on TutorTrac. If your class is supported with MSI Study Groups, you will be able to view any MSI sessions that don't conflict with a class or section. 

Do I need to prepare for MSI Study Groups?

Your MSI Study Group leader will have a plan for you! We suggest you bring any books, notes, resources you have for class. Come ready to meet and talk to your classmates! 

“Early and often” priority:

Priority will be given to students who have attended their sessions early and often. Therefore, students who add themselves to a session later in the quarter (when they have not been attending regularly) may be dropped if the session size grows past 6 students. Tutors will be responsible for prioritizing students who committed early in the quarter and will try to accommodate students who want to join their sessions later on in the quarter.

Drop Policy:

Tutoring is a valuable resource that many students use throughout their time at UCSC. To make sure all students have access to tutoring, Learning Support Services does have a student drop policy. All undergraduate students are allowed one excused absence as long as they give their tutor 24 hours notice. If a student does not show up to a session, and has not communicated with their tutor, the student will be dropped from the session scheduled.


What are the differences between MSI and MSI study groups? 


Explore the differences between MSI and MSI study groups, then choose the program that's best for you!


MSI Study Groups

MSI Zoom Sessions max at 15 students

MSI Zoom Study Groups max at 6 students 

No weekly commitment (attend as many sessions as you want per week!)

Weekly commitment - sign-ups are required and you can only sign-up for 2 sessions per week 

MSI Learning Assistants attend the class with you; keeping up with the material to plan sessions that keep up with your class

MSI Study Group Leaders prepare on their own. The leaders learn who you are, how you learn, and what you are most successful in to plan sessions that are helpful for you and your group. 

MSI is open to any student enrolled in the MSI-Supported class

MSI Study Groups sometimes outreach to EOP students to sign-up before everyone else. Then, MSI Study Groups are open to everyone else in the class