How to Conduct a Successful and Effective Study Group

Most students quiver at the thought of exams, they can be stressful and require endless hours of revising. Some students are spending long days in the library, others huddle up their bedrooms drinking copious amounts of coffee to stay awake and get through their books. These methods can work for some people but the bigger picture is that it’s not always healthy for your body and mind to be under so much pressure. Group studying is an age-old student tradition but most people don’t realize that it can actually improve productivity and help you to grasp concepts and retain information easily.

You might think that studying alone is the only route to take but revising with your peers can be more helpful and efficient. It’s important for you to find ways to revise without exhausting yourself. Especially if you have exams back to back, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and balance is key to your success. Studying with your classmates is a great way to exchange ideas and build up each other’s knowledge.


Creating Your Study Group

It’s important to consider who you want to be in your new study group, so you can bounce ideas off each other. Being around like-minded people will make you feel more comfortable, which in turn will help you to maintain your focus. If you’re creating a new study group then below are a few tips.

  • If you’re studying for a particular subject then consider the individuals in your class that seem to be passionate and pay attention.
  • Approach peers that have time to attend group study sessions; you want everyone to turn up.
  • Limit the size of your group; you don’t want to make it too large, as everyone should get a chance to get their voice heard. Limit your group to five people.


Joining A Study Group

If you’re joining a study group for the first time, then let me shed some light on what to expect and how to make the most of it.

  • Make sure you have all the necessary books to revise for the exam so you’re not peering over your friend’s shoulder, trying to read theirs.
  • It might sound obvious but remember to take your notebook and pens.
  • Carry any  notes that you’ve made during your lessons, so you can skim through the essential points that come up in your study session.
  • Be ahead of the rest. Take flash cards or a deck of cards so you can suggest a study game to play.


Study Games To Play In Your Group

Believe it or not but playing games can be a productive method of studying. Think back to when you were a child and your teacher would create games to play in class. It’s always been an effective method for revising and memorizing points.  A little healthy competition can go a long way.

  • Quizzes are a great way to test your knowledge. Each person in the group should think of ten questions and then quiz the rest of the group.
  • Play scrabble but only create words that are relevant to your topic and insert them in a sentence for everyone to jot down. This one is a great idea for remembering the spelling when learning a new language.
  • If you’re taking a ten-minute break then play a game of hangman, using words from your topic.
  • Memory games are an exceptional and challenging way to get information to stick in your head. Write down words or short sentences on post stick notes and show your group. Then turn them over and see how many words everyone is able to remember.


Improve Your People Skills

If you isolate yourself for weeks on end to study alone, you could end up feeling lonely and a little deterred. On the other hand, studying in a group can improve your communication and people skills. Conversing with your peers and having healthy debates about your subjects can be a great way to understand how to articulate your views. Teamwork is an essential aspect of working life, it’s also a skill many companies look for when hiring. Studying in a group will naturally build up your understanding and competency of being able to work efficiently with others. At the end of the day, you’re all working towards a common goal, so helping each other is mutually beneficial.


The Benefits Of Joining a Study Group

If the concept of joining or creating a study group is new to you, then maybe you’re questioning the benefits. But let us assure you of the numerous bonuses. Do you usually sit down with your pile of books and laptop with the intention to productively study? Most students try to simply sit and focus but then find themselves scrolling through Instagram and stalking their favorite celebrities. Others will scroll through Facebook for a few minutes, which can then turn into hours.

  • Joining a group will stop you from procrastinating. There will be no chance to pull out your phone to scroll through social media.
  • You’ll be alert since you’ll have to pay attention to what your peers are discussing so you’re more likely to remember the information or to take notes.
  • You’ll be more challenged by your classmates since they might have ideas or understand concepts that baffle you.
  • Studying in a group is the perfect opportunity to ask questions about topics that you’re unsure about. Someone in your group is bound to be able to help you clarify the topic. It’s also less embarrassing to raise questions in your group than in front of your entire class.
  • It will probably feel more natural when you’re not around your teacher. Having a superior around can be a little intimidating at times. Being in a small group consisting of your classmates will make you feel at ease.


Try It Out For Yourself

Before your next exam, join a study group, or create your own. You’ll feel like you have so much more energy after a group session and your mind will be bursting with new ideas. You might even be surprised at how you can make new friends and create stronger bonds through joining a group. It’s also a great way to designate an allotted time to study, so that after your group session you can relax, knowing you maximized your time. You won’t be procrastinating any longer and binge watching Netflix, since there will be no time for getting distracted in your group session. You’ll see the results of this method when you get your grades back.


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