Study Buddies
  1. Studying with other people helps a student personalize and interact with material. This is much more difficult to do independently.
  2. Studying in a group gives a student the opportunity to figure out what he/she doesn’t know—and what he/she does know. This allows a student to TARGET his/her remaining study time on topics he/she is not so familiar with, thereby making studying more efficient and saving time in the long run.
  3. Don’t make the group too big; a group of three or four students is the ideal size.
  4. Designate a moderator to keep you on schedule. The moderator role can rotate from one meeting to the next.
  5. Decide the topics you are going to discuss BEFORE meeting. All members should commit to preparing that material PRIOR to meeting. Don’t take on too much material for one session.
  6. Schedule a SPECIFIC time period for your study group (e.g., 1.5 hours) before meeting; it is the moderator’s responsibility to keep to that time. This will prevent the session from dragging on—and you feeling your valuable study time has been wasted.
  7. Each student should thoroughly PREPARE and identify key points and areas of confusion within the material to be covered in the group.
  8. Discuss and quiz each other on the material. Treat this like an oral exam. Come into the group well prepared but be ready to identify areas that you do not understand.
  9. Teach others material you understand and learn from others who understand material better than you do. When you teach someone else material, you have to know it in much more depth, and you will find it solidifies your knowledge. You may even surprise yourself with how much you know.
  10. Try to make studying enjoyable in whatever way you can. Since you will spend a lot of time studying, you need to keep things interesting.