Suggested Materials to Bring: Class notes, textbook, calendar/planner, syllabus, and questions about material
Things to Do During the First Session:
- Make sure everyone in the group introduces themselves
- Exchange contact information with everyone in the group
- Phone numbers, emails, etc.
- Appoint roles for each member: (to be switched as frequently as desired)
- Group Leader: Lead discussions and keep group on task
- Note Taker: Keep a log of topics discussed
- Plan a schedule of meetings and topics to cover
- At your first meeting, encourage each member to talk about his/her strengths that will help the group
Things to Do During Meetings:
- Compare class notes to make sure everyone has a complete set
- Have everyone bring questions to the group and discuss them
- Discuss your most recent lecture to make sure everyone has a clear understanding of material covered
- Make a study guide for the next test
- Discuss questions at the end of the textbook chapter
- Predict test questions and attempt to answer them
- Set a time and location for your next meeting!
- Listen to other members of the group. They could be an expert on a subject you do not yet understand
- Share the responsibilities
- Study guides should not be made by one person!
- Make the most out of each meeting
- Bring questions or topics to discuss, don’t show up empty handed
- Show up ready to participate
- Your group members rely on you as much as you rely on them
- Refer to your textbook or professor when the group is unsure about something
- Have fun!
- Get to know some new people that share a common interest!
Remember: STUDY GROUPS DO NOT REPLACE CLASS; instead they supplement your understanding of the material discussed in class.