How to Form a Study Group


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Starting a Study Group Student Success Center

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What Are Study Groups? A study group is a small group of people who meet regularly to discuss shared fields of study. Each group is unique and draws upon the backgrounds and abilities of each individual in order to be successful.

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How Can a Study Group Help You? Provides Note-taking Reinforcement. If you missed notes, other group members can share his or her notes with you. Shared Talents. Each member will bring certain different strengths to the study group that will help to make the group more effective. Covers More Ground. Three members of a group can solve a challenging math problem much faster than one person can. Provides a Support System. Members of a study group will often have similar goals. The work each member does will affect the others in the group, which makes group members supportive of each other. Social Activity. It’s more fun to study with other students, so you will spend more time studying.

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Guidelines For Starting a Study Group How Many? A group of four to six students tends to be most effective. Who? Pick students who share the common goal of wanting to work hard and do well in the class. You should pick students who stay focused in class, ask questions, and take notes. Also, choosing students of varying skill levels will allow for more learning and in-group teaching. Where? Hold meetings in a place where everyone will have enough room and where there are no distractions. How Long? Meet for no more than 2 to 3 hours at a time. Having a time limit will keep the group on task. When? Try to meet on the same day and time every week so that the study group is treated like a normal activity, ensuring that everyone will attend.

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How to Get the Most Out of a Study Group State the groups objectives or goals. This will help the group to manage time and stay focused. Be prepared. Before the group meets, you should be sure to go over all notes, read all assigned material, and make a list of the topics you would like to go over. This will allow you to have more time when your group meets. Take turns teaching. Teaching the group not only helps the other members learn, but it also reinforces your knowledge. Stay on topic. Assign one person to make sure that the group is always on task. Also, allow for five minute breaks after every half hour of work

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What Are the Tasks Best Suited for a Study Group? Review Lecture Notes Students can share, verify, ask questions about, and complete notes with other members of the group. Review Textbook Group members can help to answer any questions you may have about the information in the textbook. Prepare Study Questions Students can prepare study questions and then take turns asking the other members of the group to answer them. Prepare for Tests Students can create sample test questions to help the other members review the material that will be on the test. Students can explain and teach any concepts that the group members have a hard time understanding.

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