Why a study group?
- Research shows that students who study in groups do better than students who study alone.
- Students often learn more when working with others.
- The commitment students make to a group may help them stay on task.
- Students may benefit from exposure to different learning styles.
Who needs a study group?
- All students can benefit from discussing what they know with other students.
How to get started?
- Talk to other students in the class.
- Ask for help from the professor.
- Choose dependable students from a variety of backgrounds and academic levels.
- Meet with an Academic Skills Counselor from the Office of Academic Services to schedule a “How To” Study Group Workshop.
Set the ground rules:
- Establish a purpose; a set of common goals.
- Pick a time and place that works for everyone; set up a schedule and stick to it.
- Socialize after the session.
- Optimal group size is between 3 and 6 students.
- Designate a chairperson who will be responsible for reserving the space and setting the agenda for each session.
- Divide portions of the study material among group members. Each member will be responsible for leading a discussion on his/her assigned portion.
- Always come prepared; read the material, do the homework, bring all notes and books related to the topic of the session.