How to Choose Members for Your Study Group

  1. Choose people with the same academic or personal challenges as you – good idea so they are going at the same pace as you – if not then you can get bored or feel lost because they fly by you.
  2. Choose people who are different from you – different cultural backgrounds, different thinking and learning styles, different study styles. This helps you see the material from a broader perspective. What you don’t get or pick up on, they will. If you are a big picture person, you need a detail oriented person for balance. If you are a concept person, you need a fact person, too.
  3. Be wary of getting into a study group that wants to meet at the local bar and socialize more than they study.
  4. Look for people who are conscious (oops – I meant conscientious), ask questions and take notes during class. Look for students that are invested in doing well and will contribute to the group effort.
  5. Test the group dynamics and see if it will work out by having a one-time-only session.
  6. Limit participants to four to six people.

 Advantages to studying with different groups vs. the same group for different subjects

  1. Same group
    • Get to know what to expect from group members
    • A sense of commitment to group
    • Form a sense of rhythm that contributes to learning
  2. Different groups
    • get exposure to many different thinking and learning styles
    • get to network and expand group of friends
    • may be more exciting to work with different groups, more stimulating
    • different talents among different group members needed for different courses



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