The Center for Academic Success Study Group Starter Kit THE “WHY” AND “HOW-TO” GUIDE to Organizing Successful Study Groups
Center for Academic Successhas developed a practical starter kit to help you and your classmates study together productively!
Why Participate In A Study Group? You can supplement your individual study and gain a greater understanding of class material Study groups allow an opportunity to: Share notes, study tips , ideas and talents Learn class material faster and easier Complete class projects and homework more quickly
Common Pitfalls Distractions Unproductiveness ComplainingGroup-Thinking Domination Intimidation
Avoid Pitfalls by Strategic Planning Strategic Planning helps to: Minimize miscommunication Clarify goals Save time Reduce frustration, disappointment, confusion
Avoid Pitfalls by Using these 7 Steps! 7 6 5 Celebrate Relax, and 4 Motivate Group Evaluate 3 Meet Study Hold 1st Members 2 Advertise to Organize Session 1 Survey 1st Meeting ClassmateDownload InterestStarter Kit
STEP: 1Download Study Group Starter Kit:http://www.cas.lsu.edu/study-groups
Study Group Starter Kit ContentsPre-Meeting Meeting Post –Meeting Tools Tools ToolsInterest Flyer/ First Meeting Agenda Study Group Session Guide/SampleSign-Up Sheet CAS Special Message Agenda Study Group Guidelines Group Learning Resources Tips for Success Study Cycle The Study Cycle Rules & Expectations Discussion Guide Blank Study Group Meeting Schedule Group Roles & Responsibilities Blank Study Group Meeting Schedule
Step 2: Get Your Classmates Interested Option 1 •Before class Distribute •Pick up after classSign-Up List Option 2 •MessageUse Moodle •Forum Option 3 •Talk before or after class Word of •Exchange information Mouth •Spread information to others
STEP 3:Determine & Share Details of 1st Meeting Analyze Determine Communicate Sign-Up List Best Time To Interested Best Location Peers Moodle Responses Best Mode of To Other Communication classmates Peer Verbal Statements
Step 4: Use 1st Meeting to OrganizeIntroduce Names & MajorsRead/View Special CAS Message Review Guidelines Discuss Expectations, Tips for Success & Duties Select Times, Dates & Locations Gather Correct & Multiple Forms of Contact Info Decide Purpose of Next Study Session
Guidelines Group Size Group Group and Mix Structure Dynamics• 4-5 members • Choose Group • Discuss & Clarify• Options for Leader/Facilitator • Goals selecting group • Assign roles to each • Expectations members: member • Rules •Similar Availability • Responsibilities •Learning styles •Similar academic goals •Equivalent ability
Goals, Rules, and Expectations Discuss and Answer these Questions:• Purpose: What is the purpose of our study group?• Time and location: When and where are we going to meet?• Goals: What are our standards? What are we aiming for?• Function: How do we want to relate to each other? How do we want our group to function?• Expectations: What do we expect from each other?
Tips for SuccessSchedule all meeting several Be prepared so you can weeks in advance. Attend all meetings Arrive, Begin and End on Time contribute to the group effort.
More Tips for Success Actively participate. Promote each others learning and success. Provide assistance, support, andencouragement. Consistently check forproductivity and efficiency.
Assign Roles in Your Groups Leader/Facilitator: Ensures meeting runs smoothly Ensures the groups goals, expectations are met Communicator:Reminds members of meetings and assignments group of members absences Informs Recorder: Takes notes on importantKeeps contact information Keeps notes on study groups progress class information Liaison: Goes to professor, tutor or TA to get clarity on problems or topics for the group Time Keeper:Ensures meeting start and end on time Monitors time spent on task and discussions
Immediate Responsibilities (After Organization Meeting, Before 1st Study Session) •Should send everyone a summary of firstCommunicator: meeting and reminders for next meeting. •Begin making notes of assignments and Recorder: information covered in class. • should make proper arrangements if study Leader: area is to be reserved. •In-put dates on personal calendars, and work All members: to complete task assigned by the group.
STEP 5: Hold 1st Study Session Choose •Refer topurpose of Ways to Use Study Groups session Set an Example Assessment Agenda Questions How is the structure working? Study Are all members participating? Was our goal met? Assess •Suggest How is the allotted Productivity Solutions time? Plan for next Session
Sample Study Session Agenda 1 Hour 5-10m • Debrief, Socialize, Get Settled 1-3m • Set Session Goal 15m • Independent Learning 15-20m • Group Learning 15-20 m • Independent Learning 10m • Group/ Individual Assessment 5-10m • Review, Plan for Next Session
Suggested Uses of Study GroupsPreview/Review • Review, Compare, or fill-in notes • Save 10 mins. to preview for next class • Concept MapsIntensive Study • In general, for quizzes, for exams • Explain difficult conceptsComplete assignments, homeworkAssess learning • Use Generic Question Stems
Group Learning OptionsLearning New Assessing Intensive Test Information Deep Learning Study Each members Use the Jigsaw Try to articulate should submit Method answers for predicted test open-ended questions questions Group should Learn a piece of practice questions information Ex. Explain how? both written and Why is this verbally important? Teach the rest of the group Requires trust & interdependence
Content-Specific Tips (Quantitative/Math/Science) Each person should teach Work Problemshow they solved the problem Prior to Session Focus on reasoning instead of method Gain appreciation for others thought process Do not copy solutions with or without understanding Make tougher multi-step problems a priority
Content-Specific Tips(Qualitative, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences) Learning •Begin by quizzing each other on basic processes, terms and facts theories, & •Progress to explaining whole concepts through writing or drawing major concepts •Critique and proof each others work Writing short •Do not create a group outline for assigned answer/essays essay questions
Step 6:Motivate Group Members to Keep Up: Commitment to Study Group Positive Contributions Academic to Study Group Behaviors Assessments & Classroom Improvements Performance
STEP 7:Relax/Celebrate Accomplishments Celebrate Relax Evaluate •Everyone’s •To release •Your Success stress experience with Study Groups