Get Your Study Buddies: Making Group Study Work
Tips For Improving Success in a Study Group
Use the following ideas to get the most out of your study groups;
- Have clear objectives for each study session
Identify your topic of study beforehand. Also, list down your objectives for the session and assign tasks to different members to cover everything you want to be done during the session.
- Encourage members to come prepared
When you agree on what you are supposed to cover for the next session, each group member can read in advance to familiarize themselves with the topic. As a member, during your private study, come up with any questions that you want to seek clarifications for. Others will answer and explain concepts thus enabling you to grasp anything you might have missed in class or private study.
A prepared person contributes efficiently to a group discussion. This exchange of ideas enables a group to exhaust a topic and this could be all each member needs to prepare for their exams.
- Make sure everyone participates
Group members should be accountable to one another. Always agree on methods to make sure each member participates. For instance, having a different facilitator for each session or sharing questions about a topic so that each member can do their research, get an answer and teach the rest of the group.
- Be focused
The leader of each session has a duty to ensure that the discussion stays on track. This is by making sure that the discussions are relevant, topics are fully covered and questions answered exhaustively. At the end of each sitting, review your objectives against what you covered. Did you meet them? A quick evaluation of your performance can enable you to figure out where to improve for effective results during your next session.
Study groups have been an effective method of enhancing learning. It is a method that can be employed at all levels of studying, from high school to doctorates and beyond. Even with the internet and growing technology that encourages distance learning, learners should not ignore the benefits of group studying. It could be helpful for e-learners to consider forming online forums where they can share ideas so they do not miss out on the benefits of group studying.
John Tan is powerlifting marketing manager at OneClass. It's site that is trying to make studying easy. They collect exam study guides, lecture notes and video tutorials created by top students.