For Groups

What is a study group?

  • A study group consists of between 3 and 6 students who are studying the same course.
  • They meet as a group outside of class or normal study time for an hour or two each week.  They may meet electronically in a chat room or elsewhere.
  • The group spends its time discussing course content and preparing for assignments, test and exams.

Why form a study group?

  • Students participating in study groups achieve higher marks.
  • Two or three brains are better than one. Students come from a range of experiences and backgrounds and often look at problems from different perspectives. This helps.
  • You can support each other when things are not going well.
  • Working together can help you avoid procrastination.
  • Study groups provide an opportunity to discuss clarify and review course content.
  • Assignment and exam preparation can be more efficient and more enjoyable.
  • Sharing opinions about content will broaden your understanding.
  • Socialising with other students makes study more enjoyable.

How do I establish a study group?

  • Identify other students who might be interested in participating.
  • Limit the group size to a maximum of 6.
  • Locate a convenient time to meet.
  • At the first meeting discuss expectations, determine the goals of the group.
  • Define the practice of the group.
  • Ask for an on-going commitment from participants.
  • Schedule regular meetings, usually weekly.
  • Plan some goals and activities for the next meeting.

How do I ensure the study group is effective?

  • Come prepared and organised for each meeting.
  • Set goals and activities at the beginning of each meeting.
  • Listen to others and make sure everyone gets a chance to contribute.
  • Review, discuss and expand upon course content.
  • Ask questions and quiz each other.
  • Brainstorm topics.
  • Share study methods and strategies.
  • Summarise at the end of each group meeting.