Saint Louis University

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:

  1. Decide a goal number of group numbers (Four is an ideal number)
  2. 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.
  3. Decide on a regular location and time for reoccurring meetings
  4. Start up an email list with the group members, and start your study plan!

What to do WHEN you meet:

  1. 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!
  2. Select a "moderator"
    • This person should get the conversation started and help the group cover the topics selected before hand
  3. 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
  4. Keep track of the problems that may appear as test questions, and use these questions to create future practice exams
  5. Make note of questions that the group has for the professor and seek out answers as soon as possible