How to Form a Study Group You Want to Attend!. Contributed by Debra LaSala. Why form a study group? . Why do you talk to your friends about your favorite show you watch the night before or recount the plays to the latest football game you watched?
Contributed by Debra LaSala
Why do you talk to your friends about your favorite show you watch the night before or recount the plays to the latest football game you watched?
Because as humans, we learn by talking and socializing. Study groups are an effective way to learn the material in a class that you are having difficulties with.
You are able to ask questions, bounce ideas off other people, compare notes, and review for tests. This will allow you to be better prepared for your tests as well as focus on study WHAT IS WORKING FOR OTHER PEOPLE. Don’t you want to just study the things that are going to help you on the test? If so then ….
form a study group!
You are the one taking an initiative to start a study group so you have to be prepared to run the show. Get yourself organized and develop a plan. Follow these steps to help you get started:
Obviously, you are wanting to start a study group because you are having trouble in a class. However, you need to think about what you want to accomplish in the study group. Since you are the one starting it, you will be able to take lead in determining the focus of the group. Here are some questions to ask yourself.
Pick a place that will allow everyone to focus on the study group and is not too distracting.
Pick a place that is comfortable.
Pick a place that will feel safe for EVERYONE. People’s houses are not a good idea until later on.
Pick a central location that is easy to get to for everyone.
Pick a noisy or high energy place.
Suggest to meet at someone’s house the first few times until everyone gets to know one another.
Pick a secluded place that is hard to find or out of someone’s way.Determine where you will meet
For the first session, you will need to decide where you will want to meet. After the first session, the group can decide if everyone wants to continue to meet at this place, or if another place would work better for everyone. Some suggestions for places to meet are local bookstores (Ex. Barnes and Noble) or rooms on campus.
For the first session you will need to set a time for everyone to meet. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
REMEMBER, the success of the group is determined by everyone participating!
Based on the needs that you have determined in the previous slide, create your agenda. Here are some tips for things that an effective agenda should include.
You will need to make a list of the people you want to invite to be in your study group. Remember these tips to help you make your list in order to have an effective study group.
Now that you have set your agenda you will be able to express your goals for the study session. If students are serious about their grades, they will value joining a group that will help them raise their grade. Here are some ideas for getting the word out about your study session:
Once you have formed your study group, make sure you attend the sessions! Record the date on your calendar or in your Palm. If you have determined a good date and time, it should be easy for you to attend. Make sure everyone records the date and time in their organizational system and remind each other during class. If you make it enjoyable and meaningful, your study group will be something you look forward to and value.
Now that you have read the directions and tips for starting a study group, it is time to put what you have learned into action.
Here are some websites that were used in the information presented in this presentation. They offer beneficial information about forming study groups as well as keeping them going.
Now that you have your plan, PUT IT TO WORK! Follow your plan and start your first study group – you will not be disappointed!
Having trouble finding a place and time that is convenient for all group members? If so why not move the study group into Cyberspace.
Just because everyone can’t meet face to face, doesn’t mean you can’t discuss on line. Determine a specific time, distribute the web address and directions for communicating, and conduct your study group via Cyberspace!