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Study Groups
« on: March 14, 2016, 02:35:47 PM »
Why use a Study Group?

    Learn from one another’s insights & understanding
    Get different perspectives and interpretations
    Discuss your views about the course
    Share the workload
    Discuss learning approaches and strategies
    Provides opportunities to teach and to explain which helps to deepen your learning
    Provides feedback about your understanding
    Gives you the opportunity to practice important teamwork skills
    Helps avoid procrastination
    Moral support – working with others is more fun and more motivating


There are no rules per se but here are some suggestions.

To start a study group:

    Students on same course of study
    Usually 3-4 students – if too few and someone doesn’t show up, group can still meet; too many and some may slack off
    Get to know your classmates – talk before/after class and ask to join you in studying
    Ask the lecturer to announce that interested students stay after class

To Structure a study group:

    Time availability – when all members available to meet on a regular basis
    Decide when, where, how often and how long to meet
    Decide an agenda for discussion at each meeting – this could be formal where group decides at end of each session and members prepare for next session or could be informal where group decides at start of each session what the group will study


    Compare lecture notes, handouts, etc. as guides for topics to discuss
    Ask each other questions
    Create and revise summary sheets or mind maps on various topics
    Discuss assigned readings – Did everyone understand?  What are the main points?  Author’s argument?  Differing interpretations?  Anything particularly important, puzzling, difficult?
    Share reading – divide the reading, summarise and let others know what is important so they can decide to read it themselves
    Discuss lectures – compare notes.  Do you understand?  May pick up different points and combine to build a better sense of what was said
    Discuss how to cover coursework
    Projects or essays – compare feedback received from tutor/lecturer to understand what is important and how you could improve
    Brainstorm for ideas of how to approach essay/project. Share drafts for input and feedback
    Practice presentations and get feedback
    Work through set problems together or take turns creating problems to solve
    Discuss issues & concepts relevant to course – good practice for expressing them on exams
    Revision – get together to revise and practice answers to exam questions
    Create practice exams to give to each other


    The Library now provides group study rooms with wi-fi for up to 8 people. >>more info
    Public area like outside lecture rooms or in the cafeteria – use only if able to focus and concentrate
    Empty classrooms – make use of the blackboard

Guidelines for successful study groups

    Feedback – let others know you are paying attention and try to understand their viewpoint.  Avoid critical, personal comments.  Listening skills are critical.
    Avoid the study group becoming a social group – use agenda and leader if necessary
    Group members need to come prepared – have readings done, bring notes.  Share responsibility.
    Avoid study group becoming a complaining session – keep it to the end of the session if it’s necessary
    Take time to organise the study group and define expectations
    Deal with any problems early so people don’t get annoyed with each other or frustrated with the group
    If the group is not working well even after some time, adapt it, seek help or if necessary drop it.
    Study groups are particularly beneficial for auditory learners but they may not suit all learning styles.  Find out more about learning styles at
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