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Study groups

Study groups

Study groups are an effective way to learn subject material as well as prepare for assessments. Here are a few tips for setting up an effective study group.

Why study groups are useful

A study group is a great way to keep motivated and stay focused. You can:

  • learn from other students
  • practice asking questions or explaining concepts
  • motivate and support each other.

Starting a new group

While it can be intimidating asking strangers to join a study group, most students are eager to get to know other students in the course and work together.

Here are some tips to get started:

  • Ask if anyone in your class is interested in starting a study group – your lecturer may be able to help.
  • Use the message board or forum on your LMS to generate interest.

Organising the group

It is a good idea to spend the first meeting setting expectations for how often you will meet, how long the meetings will go and what are the expectations for the members.

  • Set a time and place that is accessible for everyone.
  • Make an agenda that includes what subject material you want to cover.
  • Share contact information (student emails are recommended).

Possible study group activities

  • Go over reading or lecture material together and quiz each other.
  • Practice explaining difficult concepts or ideas to each other.
  • Ask each member to present a section of each week’s reading to the group.
  • Set time aside to work on assessments (note: make sure to avoid collusion. See Academic Integrity: Collusion).
  • For more information on working in groups, see Assessments: Group assessment tasks.

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