Forming a Study Group

Participating in a study group is a great way to learn and further your understanding of information and concepts that you encounter in school. It is also helpful for preparing for class discussions, tests and exams. As the exam period approaches, you may want to consider forming your own study group.

To form your own study group, you should consider the following:

Choosing your study group members – when you are creating a study group, you want to try to ensure that everyone is there for the right reasons! You want to choose peers who are motivated, dependable and easy to work with. It helps if your classmate has a good understanding of the subject. Limit your study group to four to six members – if you form a larger group, it could lead to more chatting and less studying

Determine how often and how long you will meet for – you should schedule your study group meetings around particular assignments or exam periods. Whether you’ve got a test coming up or are struggling with concepts in math, your assignments and exams will determine when you meet. In general, you should try to meet once or twice a week. If you plan to have longer study sessions, then be sure to include time for breaks. If you schedule an hour to two hours, it should be enough time to get your work done.

Where will you meet – Decide on a meeting place that works for everyone. Maybe there is an empty classroom at school, or a local library that you can gather at. If you decide to meet at a classmate’s house, ensure that there is an adequate study space to work in with minimal distractions.

What are the objectives– what will you use the study group for? Is it for sharing notes and discussing concepts and ideas? Reading together? Preparing for exams? It is helpful to set goals at the start of each study session so that your group can stay on track.

Choose a group leader – decide who will facilitate each study session. You may decide that you will have one leader facilitate each meeting, but it might be more effective to alternate leadership over the course of your study sessions.

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