How to Form a Study Group

  1. Limit the people in your group to no more than 4 or 5 people.
    If you have too many people it’s harder to find times when you can all get together to meet. It also makes it harder to keep everyone focused on the study topic if there’s too many people.
  2. Choose people who are serious about mastering the subject matter.
    This shouldn’t be a social gathering – treat it as a study lab. Make set times to meet each week and limit the time to one hour (you will be less likely to goof off or visit if you have a designated study time.) Save visiting until after the study session.
  3. Make a study lesson plan.
    Choose a topic to review each week. Have each group member bring in questions that they have about the topic. Review each person’s questions during the session. Make sure the person understands the answers to his/her questions if at all possible. Keep the lists of questions to use to review for exams.
  4. Decide how often the group will meet.
    Pick a date, time and place and stick to it. If you change times and places to meet it gets too confusing and you may have group members who miss the study session.
  5. Pick a group leader who can guide the study session and help keep everyone on track. 
  6. Make any rules for the group when you first start.
    Will it be no smoking; how do you want to handle situations where someone is disruptive in the study group; how do you want to proceed if a group member shows up for the meeting late or comes unprepared for the study session? These are questions to be established from the start. Then every group member knows what is expected of them from the beginning.