A tough yet important topic is boring you to death. Do you agree group study is a more interesting way to learn such topics? A bunch of students sitting together sharing their opinion and understanding. Study groups are helpful because they allow interactive learning and active participation.
But what if you and your study buddies could do this from the comfort of your home? Learning online is a norm post-pandemic. You can easily set a virtual study group up with the ease of technology. They are proven to be as effective as the conventional study groups. Study groups allow individual participation, clearing doubts via meaningful discussions and provides a friendly support system.
How To Create An Online Study Group
It’s a simple 7 step strategy to create an effective online study group.
1. Decide On A Small Batch
Before anything else, you need to identify a set of friends who have the same syllabus and goals as yours. It would be best to keep your study group small, not more than 8-10 people. Remember, too many cooks spoil the broth!
2. Choose A Time To Meet
Next, fix up a timetable that is suitable for all the members. Everyone should be familiar with the topic to be discussed in the group. You can also assign each group member a topic to prepare in advance.
3. Choose A Place To Meet
After this, you need to fix a digital platform where you can organise the study session. Thinkbinder is a dedicated website which helps setting up virtual study groups. You can also use common video meeting apps like Zoom and Skype to gather all the members in one place.
4. Decide On A Purpose/Set A Plan
Having a study plan will help to keep the momentum going. Discuss with all the members and create goals for each study session.
5. Have A Session Moderator
One primary reason students leave study groups is losing time. Too many members speaking together or discussing a random topic are sure ways to waste members’ time. Having a session moderator will avoid chaos. One person can take the lead in every meeting and move it in the right direction.
6. Keep The Meetings Short
You don’t need 6 hours of group study sessions. The hack is to optimise your time and not waste it. Decide the timing for the session and stick to it.
7. Set Rules
To make your virtual study sessions more productive, you can lay down some ground rules. For example,
- The members will hold only study or topic-related discussions in the group.
- Everyone will have to be present on time for the session.
- After discussing a topic, all the members should prepare notes for revision and share them in the next session.
- In the final round, you can hold a special quiz session in which all the members can take part and assess their level of understanding of the topic.
Hope this 7 step strategy on how to group study online improves your learning experience. I’m sure it will. Online study groups are the surest way to encourage team spirit and problem-solving skills. Moreover, they help overcome the common problems of procrastination, laziness and distraction that come with individual study sessions. So, when you have to prepare for your next test or exam, organise an online group study session with your friends and study smart to obtain the perfect score.
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