Study Groups

What are study groups?

Study groups are a task-oriented study system that requires students to use active learning skills in a small group setting.

  1. What difference does a study group make?
    Reinforces, clarifies, and deepens your learning by providing the opportunity to learn in a group setting.
    Provides feedback on how well you are learning the material.
    Prepares you for the working world, with its emphasis on teamwork.
    Provides a “positive support group.” All students feel discouraged at times, but a study group can motivate and make studying more fun and interesting.
    Strengthens motivation to study, because you know your group is depending on your preparation and participation. Research indicates that students improve their grades by supplementing individual study with group study.
  2. How do you find study partners?
    Get to know your classmates before and after class and during breaks. Determine which students are serious about their studies and would be effective contributors in a group setting
    Invite students to meet with you to study.
    An alternative way to find study partners is to study in a location where you are likely to see students from your class. Then, ask a classmate a question about the subject matter and begin discussion.
    Make sure your goals match with the group. Pick people who pay attention, ask questions, take notes, and have some knowledge.
    Each person should do some study preparation before the group meets.
  3. Staying Focused
    Don’t allow members to attend unprepared.
    Decide ahead of time the starting and ending time for each group session.
    Find a comfortable but productive place to study for all members.


The AAC is here to help you succeed. If you are interested in having a student assist in developing a study group or facilitate your own, contact the Study Group Coordinator for more details.

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