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- Aug 14, '12 by sarahrnayIf you're going to try your hand at a study group, my first suggestion is that you make it a very small collection of individuals (I say limit yourself to three to four people). Larger study groups tend to (as many others pointed out) turn into social hour and very little coverage of the material gets accomplished. Once you've selected who to include in your group, I suggest you find a time that works collectively for you all, and limit that time to one to two hours so that, should socializing occur, you realize that you have a limited window together and you can pull yourselves back in to the subject at hand. It helps if you can meet twice to three times a week, or maybe once on a week day and once on a weekend day, so that you're consistent with the material. Once you've got your group and a set time, jot down what you as an individual need help on. This is where I find study groups to benefit most: everyone has a weak area and everyone has a strong area, and often times, these areas overlap. In other words: what one person may be weak in, you may be strong in, and vice versa. This is the beauty of study groups: you help one another in the rough spots and share your secrets for success. Added bonus: you have emotional support and someone to high five when you all pass!
Best of luck in finding your right fit for a study group!
- Aug 14, '12 by samrusrnI never had a lot of luck with study groups, I always found them distracting. I had a couple during my time at my university, and we spent most of the time goofing around. I always tried to avoid them and I want to continue doing this. The people in our program told us that it was better to study in groups, but unless I have to for an assignment, I don't see myself doing it.
- Aug 15, '12 by quirkyvanillaThanks so much for starting this discussion on study groups. I have also heard that joining a study group could help, so I have been curious about how to make a study group successful, especially since I don't want to waste my time by being in a group that socializes more than studies.
- Aug 15, '12 by terranI always got together with 2 or 3 other people. We would split up the chapters equally and that person would be responsible for creating an outline including all the objectives. Each person would print out enough copies for each person in the group. Then when we got together that person would "lecture" over their chapter. Then we would answer any questions that we had and go over NCLEX questions.
For this to work though you really need to be with those who are serious about understanding the reasoning behind everything. If we weren't all 100% into the study group it wouldn't have been as helpful. Everyone also was expected to read all the chapters on their own, they just didn't have do an outline for every chapter. All-in-all I found helpful for keeping up with all the reading.
- Aug 16, '12 by GracyMaeI've always been a lone studier (and I always made As). But when I got into nursing school this summer, I thought I might try something different ... since nursing school classes are very different than ANYthing I took in my core (the way the questions are asked and the way you have to study). So, I met a bunch of people at a library one saturday for a study session ... 3 hours later, we had discussed everything EXCEPT the class materials. I was very disappointed, but that is exactly why I never joined them before! I might never go to another study group session again.
- Aug 16, '12 by GracyMaeQuote from daynipI feel the same wayI never had a lot of luck with study groups, I always found them distracting. I had a couple during my time at my university, and we spent most of the time goofing around. I always tried to avoid them and I want to continue doing this. The people in our program told us that it was better to study in groups, but unless I have to for an assignment, I don't see myself doing it.
- Aug 16, '12 by willowitaWow, lots of people against study groups here. I've found them to be valuable.
I try to find people with a similar disposition and who are close to my age. I'm all business when I study so I make sure to seek out similar minded people. And like others have stated, keep it to a small group. 5 tops. 3 is better.
Someone needs to take the leadership role. Not to boss people around but to set the agenda and keep the group focused. It usually happens organically since group dynamics forces someone to be a leader. But you can also ask someone to be a leader if you think they posses those strengths or ask if the group is okay with you leading the discussion. In my last study group, I fell into that role and we had a solid group for a year and a half. It just worked out for the particular group I was in.
You can then organize the study session systematically, depending on what the priorities are. You can review the material for that week and go chapter by chapter, trying to go over the course objectives, and allowing a chance to bring up questions or confusions. If you have a test or quiz coming up, then the study group can focus only on the material for that test or quiz. You can do a general review of the material and then quiz each other by either making up your own questions, using flashcards, using the book's review questions, referring to the syllabus for course objectives, and/or using a study guide if you were provided one. You'll see where you are weak and what material you need more time with. You can then go study it on your own time.
Members should come with the reading already done and solo study time done before attempting to meet with the group. Otherwise, it turns into 2 people trying to explain everything to the one person who hasn't opened their book.
It might take a couple of tries and trying out different groups but I do think study groups are helpful. You can't bring anything new to the table when it's just yourself. It helps to hear other perspectives and ideas.