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Study Group Guidelines

Guidelines for forming and operating study groups for many purposes.

First Steps

  1. Introductions: Introduce yourselves to each other. Even if you are already acquainted, a friendly conversation can help establish a stronger union between group members. 
  2. Communication: Exchange contact information within your group. One of the most effective ways of working with your group is to form a group chat via text. WhatsApp chat groups are highly popular. 
  3. Group Roles: Student work groups work best with one member who takes the leadership role to keep the group on track. The group should identify a leader. Perhaps one member of the group has excellent organizational skills and would like to maintain the "master copy" of the group work if it is for a course assignment. Choose whether to divide the assignment components between members based on strengths and interests or work collaboratively. For study purposes only, it is also recommended to establish strengths and weaknesses group members can help each other with to collectively clear up any confusion on course topics. 
  4. Collaborative Plan of Action:  To avoid common frustrations of collaborative efforts, it is best to plan ahead with a course of action. How many times will you meet virtually or in-person? How can all group members' schedules be accommodated? Will you set dates by which to reach certain group goals?