How to form a study group

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

Study groups are an awesome way to stay motivated, keep on track, be a study butterfly and spend less time studying!

Who should be in my group? Of course you’re going to want to get the students with the best grades. You want the OVER ACHIEVERS! However, these guys aren’t usually in abundance so don’t stress too much about who is in your group as long as you feel they are reliable and will complete their share of the work. You can check their reliability by noticing if they complete their homework and show up to class on time. So if your best friends don’t meet this criteria, maybe look beyond your circle of friends. Just send your potential members a message or approach them after class asking if they’d be interested. How many people should be in a study group? A small group of about 4-6 people is ideal as this allows for people to be away and still have other members show up and study with you. However, you can certainly work in smaller or bigger groups. Some people prefer to work in a group of 2 or 3 as it can be easier to communicate with smaller groups. How often should we meet? This really depends on the class and time of year, and no I don’t mean the weather! Check your assessment schedules. Do you want to meet once a week? Once a fortnight? Everyday the week before an exam? Do what is logical and achievable for you and your group members. Suggesting to meet after every class may scare some of the commitmentphobes away from your study group, so be sure to take note of each others schedules outside of school. How to structure a study group? There are many ways to run a study session, here is one of Set to Study’s methods. A.) Nominate a leader to discuss what they believe needs to be studied during the session (you could change leaders each session to mix it up or keep the same person.) B.) Once everyone agrees (if you can’t agree flip a coin or vote) write down these goals and distribute the work load amongst the group. You may not want to distribute work every session so perhaps create a competition or time frame to motivate each other to complete the task. C.) If you have distributed work you may want to set up a google docs to access the work and upload content outside of the study group. If everyone is busy or unable to make a session, the leader could assign one small task (10 minutes of study is better than 0) to each person to complete before the next session. If your study group isn’t working perhaps there are too many people, could you split the group in half? Don’t be afraid to speak up and change the way the group is currently set up as if you notice a dysfunction chance are the rest of the group notices as well. Good luck with your study groups! If anything here sounds a little tricky and you’re stuck, consider Set to Study one-on-one tutoring. We have Year 11 and 12 study coaching to help students stay accountable.

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