Study pods are weekly, 1.5 hour sessions which help provide a high level of support in a more structured and time-intensive tutoring experience. They are comprised of a small group of students, all of whom are enrolled in a single course, and a Peer Tutor.
PLaTO accepts Study Pod participants throughout the semester. Any student currently enrolled in a course for which a Study Pod is offered can join the Study Pod through Penji.
To get started, download Penji, available on iOS and Android, and sign in using your MyID and password.
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What is a Study Pod?
Study Pods give students the opportunity to meet weekly with a Peer Tutor and up to 6 other students currently enrolled in the course. Regular sessions help build rapport and provide a high-level of support in a more structured and time intensive tutoring experience. Students may be enrolled in multiple Study Pods per semester, provided that they are currently enrolled in the course.
Online Study Pods
After joining an online Study Pod, you will receive an email from Penji with a personalized
Zoom URL. This information is also available within the Session Details of your appointment
within the app. When your Study Pod session is scheduled to begin, you will use that
link to access your Zoom. After enabling your camera and microphone, you can communicate
with your Peer Tutor and other students in the Study Pod as if you were in the same
No-Showing a Study Pod Session
Study Pod participation is reserved for those actively registered for the Study Pod. Due to the nature of Study Pods, Study Pod sessions cannot be rescheduled without prior approval from all members of the Study Pod and the Peer Tutor. Furthermore, as there are a limited number of spaces in a study pod, attendance is mandatory for each member. If you need to cancel a study pod, you can do so in the Penji app. You can rejoin at any time if space is available.
No-Showing a Study Pod session, being late to a Study Pod session, and/or leaving
a Study Pod session early three times in a semester will result in your removal from
the Study Pod. Please note that non-documented illnesses and non-UGA sanctioned events
do not justify no-showing a Study Pod session and will not excuse your absence.
Be aware that all tutoring services operate within Academic Honesty guidelines. For clarification regarding authorized assistance, contact the course instructor.
Our program and Peer Tutors are accredited through the College Reading and Learning Association which recognizes effective approaches to student learning.
For more information about the program email firstname.lastname@example.org for a faster response time or call 706.542.0163.