Study Groups That Work  study group


Study groups can be a useful tool when learning new content or skill or when preparing for an exam. Despite their usefulness study groups don't always work. Here are some things to remember so you can have a study group that works!

1.  Keep the group small

Usually only 2-3 other people.  Look for those people that show the same level of commitment to the course that you do. Don't form a group with those that have higher or lower levels of motivation than you.  This will result in frustration for everyone.  

2.  Schedule consistent times to meet

Once or twice a week would be nice but do what is needed for the task you're preparing and what works for the group members' schedules.  Don't try to overdo it when you meet.  No more than 2-3 hours per time you meet. 

3.  Assign tasks

Each group member should come to the study group with information to share in a creative way.  The member sharing the information is the expert.  They should now use creative ways to help the others remember the new information. 

4.  Evaluate the group

How is the group functioning?  How are people getting along?  Is the group time benefiting the grades on the course work? Groups can often be short-term.  The group works together to accomplish one task and then they no longer work together in that manner.  There are times when the group chooses to quit meeting due to conflict.  That happens.  It's OK.  Now you have an opportunity to form a new group with other classmates.  


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