Studying in groups can make your tedious test prep a little more bearable. Learn how to use study groups effectively, so you can get the full benefits from working with others.
Keep your group small.
In order for your study group to be productive, it is important to keep the group small. Generally, if the group has more than six people, it becomes difficult for individuals to contribute evenly.
Recognize individual’s strengths.
Some members in the study group will be more knowledgeable about certain subjects than others. By acknowledging people’s strengths and weaknesses, you engage in both learning and teaching.
Participate in conversation.
Study groups are only an effective learning tool if students actively engage in the group discussion. It is important to choose study partners who encourage everyone to talk and respect questions. In order for all members of the group to have an equal opportunity to learn, they need to feel comfortable to participate in conversation.
Build your notes.
The main purpose for study groups is collaboration. Instead of copying your team’s notes, use them to build on ideas you already have. This is a great time to compare key takeaways from class lectures and discussions.
Use study time effectively.
Study groups aren’t worth it if you aren’t actually studying. Research suggests that study sessions that exceed three hours are more likely to have unnecessary socializing. To keep the group on task and focused during your entire meeting, create an outline of study goals and objectives to complete.
Combine these group study tips with other effective ways to maximize study time and minimize stress, and take your next test feeling prepared!