6 tips for a productive study group

Get the most out of your study group

Two heads really are better than one! Being part of a university study group allows you to bounce ideas off other people and in turn listen to their thoughts. This can help to deepen your understanding of the study material.

Here are six tips to help you get the most out of a study group:

Ask the question: 

Approach people in your lecture or tutorial and ask if they’d like to study with you. If you’re completing a distance learning course, post in your subject’s online forum. Don’t limit yourself to studying with people you know – this is your chance to work with new people who may be better at this subject than you. 

Too much of a good thing: 

Having a lot of people in your study group can make it counter-productive because too many voices with differing opinions can cause confusion. Keep the numbers between three and six participants for maximum efficiency.

Have a study routine: 

Stick to the same study time and place each week. This will keep you accountable and allow you to focus on preparing for the sessions, rather than wasting time trying to organise something different each week.

Plan ahead for group study sessions: 

Decide on what you will study before each session begins. You may like to split the material among the members, so each person covers one of the set readings and shares the main points with everyone else.

Test each other: 

Ask each other questions on material that you suspect will be in the exam. If you don’t know the answer then review it further and increase your long-term understanding of the material.   

Help other study group members:

Support each other through the material and if someone doesn’t understand something, bring them up to speed. Explaining things will benefit you both.

University group study tips:

  • Ask around to find the best study group
  • Keep the numbers between 3 to 6 people
  • Plan what you will be studying ahead of time
  • Test each other to prepare for exam time


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