Get­ting work done in 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 learn­ing in a group.

Think out­side your com­fort zone

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

Keep it small

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 ask ques­tions.

Out­line an ac­tion plan

You’ve got a study guide, so plan your ses­sions ac­cord­ingly. De­cide how long each ses­sion 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 a good place

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.

Take turns to be a teacher

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

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

Plan for exam re­vi­sion

Once you’re used to each other, you’ll find it help­ful to go over ma­jor re­vi­sion 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.

Keep the study group small. A group of three is all right, four is ideal and six is the max­i­mum.

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