5 Tips for an Effective Study Group
- SELECT GROUP MEMBERS
Study groups are generally most effective when kept to 3 or 4 members. Select people who attend class regularly, complete assignments and who will actively participate.
Use a collaborative document system, such as Google Docs or Dropbox to assemble information before your study session. After it's over, recap what you've learned and use the information for your next group meeting.
- SET GOALS & CREATE AN AGENDA
Make sure all study group members know what role they will play in the study session.
- TAKE BREAKS TO STUDY INDEPENDENTLY
Study for 10-15 minutes to prepare for group study, then discuss what you learned or the problems you worked during that time.
- GROUP STUDY IN 15-20 MINUTE PERIODS
Spend 15-20 minutes on group study. You can either split up the content for each person to explain to the group, or have each member share a part of their notes or work certain problems.