Sick of studying solo? Preparing for your exam with other classmates helps you stay on track and pick up on any important information you may have missed out on. The hard part? If you don’t go in with a plan, your study group can go from productive to disorderly…quick. Keep reading to see how we recommend making the most of your group study sessions.
1. Choose your meet-up spot wisely.
Meeting in a cafe or at the student center might seem like a good idea, but those areas are all about socializing! Before you know it, the conversations with your study group will go from discussing your practice questions to dishing about your weekend adventures. Your best bet? Stick to the library, no matter how cliché it is. When your environment is all about studying, that’s what you’re more likely to do.
2. Stick to a schedule.
One of the hardest parts about study groups isn’t the actual studying itself, but finding a time that works for everybody’s busy schedules. Use an app like Doodle to figure out a common time when each group member is free, then block out that time in your schedule each week moving forward.
3. Keep it small.
The best study groups are no more than 3-5 people. That’s the perfect amount of heads to get a good discussion going, but not so many that it’ll be hard keeping the whole squad on task.
4. Prepare discussion topics and questions.
If everyone showed up with nothing prepared, where would you even start? There’s so much ground to cover before each exam, it’s not reasonable to go over every piece of information during your study group. Prepare ahead of time and take note of anything that confuses you. That way, you can make sure you’re getting clarity on the areas you need it most.
5. Quiz each other.
Aside from just discussing the confusing areas, try giving each other practice quizzes. Quizzing is one of the most effective study methods since it trains your brain to retrieve the information — just like you’ll be doing on exam day. Since you have some extra heads around, why not give it a shot?
6. Re-evaluate your processes.
After a few study sessions, having a process discussion is important! Talk about what has been working well and what hasn’t. This way, you can focus only on the most successful processes moving forward.