Study Group Tips

Suggested Materials to Bring:  Class notes, textbook, calendar/planner, syllabus, and questions about material

Things to Do During the First Session:

  • Make sure everyone in the group introduces themselves
  • Exchange contact information with everyone in the group
    • Phone numbers, emails, etc.
  • Appoint roles for each member: (to be switched as frequently as desired)
    • Group Leader: Lead discussions and keep group on task
    • Note Taker: Keep a log of topics discussed
  • Plan a schedule of meetings and topics to cover
  • At your first meeting, encourage each member to talk about his/her strengths that will help the group

Things to Do During Meetings:

  • Compare class notes to make sure everyone has a complete set
  • Have everyone bring questions to the group and discuss them
  • Discuss your most recent lecture to make sure everyone has a clear understanding of material covered
  • Make a study guide for the next test
  • Discuss questions at the end of the textbook chapter
  • Predict test questions and attempt to answer them
  • Set a time and location for your next meeting!

Important Reminders

  • Listen to other members of the group. They could be an expert on a subject you do not yet understand
  • Share the responsibilities
    • Study guides should not be made by one person!
  • Make the most out of each meeting
    • Bring questions or topics to discuss, don’t show up empty handed
  • Show up ready to participate
    • Your group members rely on you as much as you rely on them
  • Refer to your textbook or professor when the group is unsure about something
  • Have fun!
    • Get to know some new people that share a common interest!

Remember: STUDY GROUPS DO NOT REPLACE CLASS; instead they supplement your understanding of the material discussed in class.