Dispelling the notion of tuition and coaching classes, many students have taken it upon their own to form study groups and tutor one another. You want to share your knowledge while you benefit from the others. You don’t want your ‘study group’ turn into a ‘party club’ or a ‘social jaunt’. How do you properly conduct a study group? Read on.
- Don’t increase the size of the group – minimize the member intake to maybe five or sixThis is one of the first things you will need to be sure about when you form a group. You do not want a conundrum out there – leading to chaos every time you meet. It may seem difficult at first, but we advise keeping the group small and serious – with a maximum of six members. You want to make sure everyone gets to participate as he wants while maximizing the collective knowledge and wisdom from the group.Also, you might want to include people who get along with each other. Take care to form a bunch of cooperative and friendly students who help each other – not jealous and cranky kids wanting to pull each other down.
- Choose friends that belong to the same wavelengthWhat we actually mean is to choose students who are more-or-less around the same capability as you are. An ideal study group would mean having one student who scores at exactly your level, two students who score slightly above and maybe one student who scores slightly below your level – that way, none of you will feel overwhelmed during the study sessions.
- Draft a Code of ConductCommitment to a schedule and dedication to study in tandem, form one of the most important elements of an effective study group. Make sure you are prepared with ‘what to achieve in a study session’. Appoint one student as your Head and compile a Rules and Regulations document with principles you mutually agree to stand by. Trust us; this would help you a great deal in the functioning of the group.
- Stick to a scheduleCannot help if you do not have sittings for a whole month and then do two sittings a day – perseverance is what matters in the end. To get more serious about your conferences, fix a proper study place – the library, an old room, a friend’s house and stick to it. Do not change locations and timings. Make meeting times and assignment regular and formal. Kick any lazy, not serious students as early as possible. Your performance would receive a huge boost if you are regular with your study group meetings.
- Delegate responsibilityYou could smartly make use of the human resources you have in your study group – divide the subjects equally among the members. Let one student be completely responsible for jotting down notes, referring library material and collecting important topics to memorize for a subject. That way, none of you would feel too bogged down with your syllabus.
- Organizing your study sessionsNever turn up for a study session unplanned. Also, make sure you have all the material you need. Arrange a systemic layout for every study session you have.For instance, a two hour study session would mean – thirty minutes of a recap (what was accomplished in the previous study session), thirty minutes of working on problems assigned, thirty minutes of presenting the solution and discussions that follow and thirty minutes of practice problems followed by a conclusion.
- Conduct practice tests, questionnaires and revision tests amongst yourselfThe entire group could test each other on various subjects by forming question-answer sessions, practice test sessions, problem solving sessions in math and conduct mock tests. Clarifying doubts, catching up with missed lectures or simply elaborating concepts to reaffirm what you already know could help you a great deal from the examination point of view.
- Exclude students who aren’t as serious as you areYou would not like doing all the hard work while someone else takes the cake, would you? That is exactly what applies to the study group logic as well. Ditch students who seem to hinder creative gatherings and do not contribute to the sessions at all. Negative influences are contagious and you do not want your group to become laidback citing one bad student.
All in all, if you lead a study group effectively, you can shorten your time to revise your lessons and master your concepts. They are fun and can lead to productive sessions if you plan them in accordance with the strategies mentioned above.