February 2004 Issue
Student Study Skills Tips
Robin York, Chemeketa Community College
Forming Study Groups
One of the best ways to review during the week or before an exam is with a study group. One of the biggest advantages to a study group is that you get to listen to the information from another person's perspective.
When you decide to form a group, keep in mind the following qualities that identify an effective study group.
* Everyone who attends the study group should make a commitment to come prepared.
* Make sure you all agree on a location which is advantageous to studying.
* Don't hesitate to address issues which are difficult and hard to understand. Difficult concepts must be addressed for thorough comprehension.
* Group members ought to be classmates. A workable group does not require that the members be friends.
* Always have a plan before you come together to study. Study goals are always important.
It is not necessary to belong to a study group for every class. However, you will find that for your more difficult subjects, verbal analysis and input from others will help.