What is an Academic Study Group?
Researchers have found that students tend to learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. Students who work in small groups often learn more of what is taught and retain the information longer (Davis, 1993). Group work provides students with the “real world” experience of working together in team environments. Groups also experience a sense of “shared purpose” and a stronger sense of understanding and dedication to the material. Lastly, students can find different perspectives and approaches to learning content and subject matter.
When forming a study group, here are guidelines to consider:
- An effective study group has between 3-4 students.
- All members are committed to coming prepared to the study group and meeting consistently throughout the semester.
- Members choose a group “leader/facilitator” each week (rotation basis) to keep the group on task. The leader should send out email reminders on time/location information.
- Members should focus on utilizing course syllabi, class and lecture notes to craft group sessions.
- Members should share study tips and tools to help prepare for upcoming tests.
- Members do not use the group to replace class attendance.
- Members should consult the professor’s syllabus regarding group work/collaboration, and continue to attend professor’s office hours.
The ARC would be happy to help facilitate study groups for your classes. We are currently piloting this option for students in PSYC 1101- Introduction to Psychology and BIOLOGY 1122/1134 (Anatomy & Physiology I & II). If you are enrolled in either of these courses and interested in setting up a study group for your class, please fill out the form below.