What you need from a study group

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A STUDY group is a great way to re­vise but putting one to­gether can be tricky. Here’s how to form one that will help you get the most out of com­mu­nal learn­ing.

Your friends will talk to you any­way; get to­gether a group of peo­ple you don’t know so that you get new an­gles of per­spec­tive.

In­stead of “the more, the mer­rier” think “too many chefs spoil the broth”. Three is all right but a group of four is ideal as you can pair off. Six is about max­i­mum; any more and you have too many opin­ions and not enough time for ev­ery­one to have mean­ing­ful ques­tion time.

You’ve got a study guide, so plan your meet­ings ac­cord­ingly. De­cide how long each meet­ing will be, how much you’ll cover and who will be re­spon­si­ble for what.

Tip: Pick a reg­u­lar time and don’t make ex­cep­tions. It’s too dif­fi­cult to ac­com­mo­date the needs of half a dozen peo­ple.

Pick some­where quiet so that you’re not be­ing blasted by mu­sic or in­ter­rupted by friends.

An empty class­room or study room is ideal. A cafe­te­ria is okay as long as you don’t pick meal times when crowds will make it hard to con­cen­trate.

Think out­side the com­fort zone: Keep it small: Out­line a plan of ac­tion: Pick a good place:

Ex­plain­ing a topic to some­one else is the best way to find out what you know and what you don’t.

Take turns to present top­ics. When it’s your turn, share your notes.

Once you’re used to each other, you’ll find it help­ful to re­vise for ex­ams too. So plan one ses­sion to pre­dict what will come up in the ex­ams, and one or two more ses­sions to re­vise the trick­i­est con­cepts.

Take turns to be a teacher: Plan for exam re­vi­sion:

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