Community Champion RSG
The Recognized Study Groups (RSG) program provides Faculty recognition and formalized training to students who either initiate or participate in a study group. RSGs also allow students to easily connect with other study groups in their courses. This program provides student participants with easy access to study group communities; enhances the academic support and guidance of group leaders; and encourages community building and good academic habits. Students will receive Co-Curricular Record (CCR) notation for both leading and participating in a study group.
1. In the nomination, the student states that, “the RSG program creates a community of academic support amongst peers to help achieve collaborative learning, while allowing peer relationships to develop.” Could you tell us a bit more about how you accomplish this, and why it’s an important aspect of the program?
Creating or finding a study group can be difficult for students who are often unsure of where to start. The Faculty of Arts and Science’s Recognized Student Groups (RSG) provide students with the training and resources to form their own study groups. RSGs encourages academic integrity, collaborative learning and community for students enrolled in classes of various sizes and across multiple disciplines.
2. Discussions about health are often related to concerns about healthy eating, physical activity, managing stress and sleep. We’d be interested to hear from you, your thoughts on the concept of a healthy campus and how it can be integrated into University of Toronto?
RSGs meet recommendations 3.1 and 3.2 of the university’s Report of the Provostial Advisory Committee On Student Mental Health.
- “3.1 Create conditions inside and outside the classroom that support students’ overall wellbeing by providing opportunities for students to build community, especially within large classes. Identify existing best practices and highlight them.
- 3.2 Expand academic peer support/mentorship programming; consider ways of making peer mentoring/tutoring programs universal, with an 'opt-out' option”.
3. In the nomination, the student states that, “the RSG program helps with lowering student stress levels, helps students to improve their grades, while developing cooperation and collaboration for academic success.” Please let us know what this nomination as a Healthy Campus Champion means to the program?
Recognized Study Groups were rolled out as a student success program pilot during the 2016-17 academic year. Being nominated as a Healthy Campus Champion at this stage will raise the profile of this programming within the student population, encouraging more students to consider developing their own RSGs!
4. We would also be interested to hear if you have any suggestions about what more could be done to foster campus environments that support the wellbeing of students?
Developing and implementing student success programming that aligns with the recommendations of the university’s Mental Health Framework will create a healthy and supportive community where all of our students can thrive both personally and academically.