Step 1: Talk with your classmates
- Invite 3-5 dedicated classmates to form a study group.
- Look for students who attend class, take notes, and contribute to discussions. (Don’t overlook students who are quiet, but make valuable contributions to class discussion.)
- Choose a time and place.
- When are you on campus anyway? (Ex:before/afterclasstime,tests,orrequired meetings)
- Where can you talk on campus? (Ex:librarystudyrooms,emptycafé,emptyclassroom, public areas in buildings, etc.)
Step 2: Prepare
- Which topics will your group cover?
- Does the course build on itself or just cover recent information?
- Break down the information (Ex: by chapter ,process, date covered in class, etc.)
- Develop a plan
- Divide the topics and decide who will cover each topic.
- Determine the amount of time for each topic.
- Decide the total time for the study group, then divide it by the total number of topics + 1. (Ex: If your group will meet for 60 minutes & there are 4 topics, divide 60 by 5. This will give each person 12 minutes per topic, with 12 minutes for the wrap-up.)
- Send a reminder email or text about the study group meeting place & time.
Step 3: Meet
- Start on time.
- If one person is late, start on time & cover the other topics first.
- Stay on topic.
- Stick to the plan! Share copies of notes if a group member runs out of time.
- Stay on track so that all topics get covered without going beyond the meeting time.
- Plan the next meeting at the end of this first meeting.
- Decide when and where to meet again
- Decide which topics to cover at the next meeting & who will prepare for each.
©UAMS Student Success Center/January 2016