Nothing will replace going to class, paying attention, and doing the work on your own. However, you can gain a lot of information and test your knowledge by meeting with classmates outside of the lecture.
Why form a study group?
- Review other students' notes and see if you missed anything
- Utilize your strengths in the class and benefit from the strengths of others
- Talk out loud and clarify concepts
- Improve time management skills by scheduling your study time
- Learn discipline by feeling obligated to your peers to keep up with the coursework
- Make efficient use of your study time
- Work on outlines of chapters together
- Create practice exams
- Provide support for each other
- Learn how to work as a team
If you can teach a concept to your peer, than you are more likely to truly understand the material! We do not recommend always studying with a group, but it can help you remain organized and on top of challenging coursework.
How to form a study group:
- Decide a goal number of group numbers (Four is an ideal number)
- Approach people in your class
- Make this decision based on who you know will make a good study team (not necessarily your friends)
- If you are a first-year, utilize your U101 group and pass around a sign-up sheet. Someone can take the lead and divide up the interested people into groups
- Talk with your professor and see if he or she minds you passing out a sign-up sheet in class.
- Decide on a regular location and time for reoccurring meetings
- Start up an email list with the group members, and start your study plan!
What to do WHEN you meet:
- Have a few topics set so that everyone can prepare and participate
- Bring your class notes
- Break up chapters in advanced and have the group construct outlines to share
- Remember, everyone should be responsible for completing the homework on their own. However, you can assign each person to become an "expert" to help teach each other!
- Select a "moderator"
- This person should get the conversation started and help the group cover the topics selected before hand
- Select a "time-keeper"
- This person is responsible for making sure the group does not get too distracted by other conversations
- By appointing someone in the beginning of each meeting, everyone can feel confident that the group will be productive
- Keep track of the problems that may appear as test questions, and use these questions to create future practice exams
- Make note of questions that the group has for the professor and seek out answers as soon as possible